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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing November - December 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: BILL FRANÇOIS Bill is a bluewater angler and fish conservationist now living in France, but in 2015 he lived in Brisbane and fished all along the east Australian coast targeting black and blue marlin, dolphinfish, kingfish and tuna. In France he targets the plentiful Atlantic bluefin tuna using various techniques, often inspired by Australian gamefishing methods. Bill also developed a scientific tagging project to learn more about the bluefin visiting France. SUBSCRIBER: DUANE GUYATT Duane has been fishing for as long as he can remember. He was trolling lures for Murray cod with his dad in outback Queensland around age four. He still loves lure trolling, but these days he fishes off 1770, at the bottom end of the Great Barrier Reef, aboard his 6m trailerboat Kahuna. Duane targets billfish these days,…

3 min.
targeting more fun

This season, try something new. What is it about gamefishing that you enjoy the most? What does it take to generate one of those memories you cherish for a lifetime? Sure you can have a brilliant day without even turning a reel – as Dr Pepperell so ably points out in his feature this issue – and you should certainly stop to ‘smell the roses’ every day out, but to have a special purpose, a target to strive for, will make your season so much more special. A goal drives you forward, taking your fishing to a new level, to new places. It opens your eyes to new opportunities and grows you as a gamefisherman. Your goal might be to catch a species you haven’t caught before – perhaps a broadbill…

2 min.
tassie anglers’ record-breaking tagging effort

The standout event was the massive run of southern bluefin tuna down the east and south coasts, which commenced in late November and continued through to late July. In the peak of the run, many anglers caught and released double figures of bluefin in just a few hours of fishing. The Tasmanian Game Fishing Association (TGFA) reported 1039 bluefin tagged and released this season, with the majority of fish (799) being tagged by Tuna Club of Tasmania (TCT) members. One of the club’s members, Mark Watson, tagged an incredible 235 bluefin himself for the season, fishing out of Eaglehawk Neck and Pedra Branca. These are record-breaking figures for both the State and the club, and are a credit to all anglers involved. While the majority of tuna tagged and released were…

2 min.
victoria’s jumbo bluefin rush

The run actually began back in May, when a small contingency of dialled-in anglers found early results, but by the beginning of Spring the jumbo run was full-on and success was widespread throughout the State. Portland, in western Victoria, and the nearby Port MacDonnell, just over the border into South Australia, have been the most consistent. After last year’s history-making season for southern bluefin, this year has a tough act to follow, however, this late run is shaping up to be special, along with several new developments. Last season saw barrel-sized bluefin move as far east as the heads to Port Phillip Bay, producing great captures right through to October. This year, however, bluefin around 150kg have already been caught only 10km from the western entrance to Western Port Bay, a further…

2 min.
igfa great marlin race

AUSSIE BLACK MARLIN TO WIN RACE YEAR? The winner of the IGFA Great Marlin Race for the 2015/16 race year was announced at the beginning of October, but as this report was compiled the leader still had several challengers. The pop-up satellite tags attached to a sailfish released in Hawaii and three blue marlin tagged off the coasts of Mexico and Panama were still to report, although it was certainly seemed that an Australian black marlin would win the event once again. There were 63 other billfish tagged during eleven tournament events during the race year, but as the race neared its conclusion a black marlin estimated at 320kg (700lb), tagged during the 2015 Lizard Island IGMR, was leading the race by more than 1400 nautical miles (nm). Lizard Island, situated to the north-east…

3 min.
igfa hall of fame inductees

The first class, honouring 29 of the sport’s luminaries, was inducted in 1998. Since then, 82 additional fishing greats have been welcomed to the Hall of Fame at the annual induction ceremony in October of each year. This year, the IGFA will add Tim Choate, Jerry and Deborah Dunaway, Chico Fernandez, Dr John Graves and Orri Vigfusson, bringing the total number of IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame members to 116. The new inductees are outlined below: TIM CHOATE An ardent angler since the mid-1950s, Tim Choate has made numerous contributions to the sport of big-game fishing. He has grown and managed numerous charter fishing operations and lodges throughout Central and South America, including the famous Fins ‘N Feathers in Guatemala. Choate has been instrumental in numerous conservation efforts. Along with Winthrop Rockefeller, he was…