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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing May - June 2016

BlueWater magazine is dedicated to bringing gamefishers the essential cutting-edge wisdom on offshore gamefishing, boats and equipment. With stunning photography blended with exciting features from the world's leaders of the sport, we aim to deliver knowledge and inspiration that will make a real difference to the success and enjoyment of beginners and experts alike.

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1 min.
who’s who

CONTRIBUTOR: CAPT KEVIN HIBBARD Now a captain for more than 17 years, Kevin has always been drawn to the pursuit of marlin. In 1994 he moved from Florida to Kona, Hawaii seeking a career fishing for the biggest blues. Finding work with the best of the local captains, Kevin began a journey that has taken him around the world chasing world records and tournament wins, his camera recording the action in stunning images as he goes. CONTRIBUTOR: NOBBY CLARK Nobby is a passionate advocate of Tasmania’s exceptional gamefishing. He’s always been a keen angler, but started out chasing trout in rivers and lakes. Around eight years ago he was introduced to gamefishing and hasn’t looked back since. He’s served as President of the Tuna Club of Tasmania and spent a lot of time…

3 min.
the swordfish explosion

Successful gamefishing requires dedication and effort. So what is it that keeps us motivated to continue the search, trolling for many hours, or even days, before the action happens? The answer is expectation – the expectation that if you keep going, continue to work out the where and how, exciting catches will surely follow. It is confidence that lures you forward, ever hopeful. To break away from what is known takes enlightened vision and the commitment to make it happen. Thankfully there are always pioneers: visionaries who think a little deeper, recognise opportunities, develop new systems, and have the confidence to commit to making it work. Australia is currently experiencing a boom in daytime swordfishing. This significant new fishery has been building for some years, but the process only recently reached critical mass…

1 min.
gap between hooks on rigs

Q: We like to fish two-hook rigs on big livebaits when targeting trophy-sized wahoo and dogtooth tuna. I know that I can only use single hooks (no trebles with livebait), and that both hooks must be firmly embedded or attached to the bait, but what about the distance between the two hooks? How far am I allowed to space them from each other? A: You are correct that the IGFA permits the use of two single hooks for a single rig, and you are also correct in that the IGFA requires both hooks to be firmly embedded or attached to the bait. Regarding the distance between the hooks, IGFA rules state that the “eyes of the hooks must be no less than a hook’s length apart and no more than 45.72cm…

2 min.
50 years of giant black marlin at cairns

Fifty years to the day since Capt George Bransford and deckhand Richard Obach made world gamefishing history by capturing a 1064-pound (482.62kg) black marlin, a 4.5 metre bronze replica of a black marlin will be unveiled on the Cairns waterfront in recognition of this world-changing event. Following this stunning catch on September 25, 1966, Cairns soon became the undisputed black marlin fishing capital of the world, with Cairns and the Far North Queensland region prospering as a result. Domestic and international tourism hit new heights, with anglers flocking to Cairns to catch the fish of dreams – a ‘grander’ marlin weighing more than 1000 pounds (453.6kg). This dream has now been accomplished by many anglers, with world records broken time and time again as the Cairns grounds have delivered a procession…

3 min.
afma’s management of the commonwealth small pelagic fishery

The Commonwealth-managed Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF), in particular the fishing operations of Seafish Tasmania and the Geelong Star, has continued to attract significant attention from some recreational anglers and environmental groups. The Geelong Star has been fishing in the SPF since April last year and is likely to keep fishing in the 2016-17 season (commenced 1 May). The target species are jack mackerel, blue mackerel, redbait and the Australian sardine – oily fish high in Omega 3s. Being an oily fish, they spoil quickly, so an ability to freeze at sea enables a better product for human consumption. These species are also prey for many gamefish, used as bait by anglers, and are targeted by State-managed commercial fishers. Historically, cumulative catches in State-managed small pelagic fisheries have been substantially higher than…

2 min.
rare slender sunfish found off portland

This remarkable looking and rarely seen member of the sunfish family was recently found by Mal Benter as it washed-up in a metre of water off Portland in southwestern Victoria. The fish is a slender sunfish, Ranzania laevis, about which very little is known. It is in the same family as the other three sunfish species, the sharptail mola, the southern ocean sunfish and the mighty ocean sunfish, Mola mola, the largest of all the bony fishes. At the other end of the spectrum, the slender sunfish is the smallest of the group, only attaining a size of around 100cm long and a weight of 10kg. The one found at Portland measured 52cm. The slender sunfish appears to be quite rare, although that may simply be because it is rarely caught, or…