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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing September - October 2014

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

SUBSCRIBER: TIM CHOATE A self-described “recovering attorney”, Tim initially crewed for captains like Ron Hamlin and Mike Aman, including the first boat to catch more than 1000 billfish in a year. He soon created his own fishing operations in Costa Rica, Guatemala (the famous Fins ‘n Feathers Inn), Brazil and the Galapagos Islands. He established The Billfish Foundation in 1985 and is now on the Board of the Central American Billfish Association and is Chairman of Wild Oceans. SUBSCRIBER: MATT VERDE Matt lives in East Gippsland, Victoria and has been fishing offshore since 1974 when he discovered the excitement of catching the local snapper and gummy sharks. He now regularly visits Bermagui on the NSW South Coast to chase bluefin tuna and marlin. In June, Matt and his fishing mates joined the BlueWater…

3 min.
the editor crucial fightin’ gear

WHY do so many anglers torture themselves when fighting big gamefish on stand-up tackle? A serious battle should test your skill, patience and endurance, but it does not need to hurt you. A slight change in battle tactics and a more astute selection of your fighting equipment can make a world of difference to your enjoyment of a serious encounter. Stand-up battles are made much more comfortable – and effective – when the skipper shifts the boat away from a fish dogging down beneath it. Simply changing the direction of pressure to a flatter angle relieves enormous strain from your lower back and makes it harder for the fish to resist and plane down with its pectoral fins. The pressure on you should be distributed across your body in a way that…

25 min.

Australian swordfish released with satellite tag Over the past couple of months there has been a real buzz among the Tasmanian gamefishing community surrounding broadbill swordfish. Several dedicated fishing crews have been putting in the hard yards trying to ‘crack the code’ on how to consistently hook swords using the daytime deep-drop technique. Recently, Leo Miller and his team aboard ChoonaChasa nailed it with four large swordfish landed from four trips, with one being tagged and released. Leo contacted me shortly after to discuss the potential of releasing a swordfish with a satellite tag – which would be a first for Australian gamefishing. His timing was perfect as it just so happened that I was finishing a study funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) on the post-release survival of…

1 min.
pick it up – now!

Q:I like to troll lures from my 6m trailerboat for large marlin and tuna, either alone or with one other person. When we hook a large fish, the person at the helm initially speeds up to ensure a solid hook-up, while the person in the cockpit retrieves the other lines. Once all the free lines are cleared away, the angler then picks up the rod and begins fighting the fish. As we fish tournaments requiring IGFA rules, and since we hope to encounter a world record fish one day, I want to know if this technique is IGFA-legal. A: It can be difficult for a small crew when a big fish is hooked-up, but the answer to your question is no – this technique is not IGFA-legal. IGFA rules specifically state…

3 min.
convergent evolution

HAVE you ever stopped to think about what attributes many of the fish species caught by gamefish anglers have in common? Well, apart from the obvious two eyes and a mouth and fins, most tend to feed at the surface at least some of the time. Modes of feeding drive the evolution of form, and many times in the history of the life of fishes on this planet, fish have evolved towards a surface-feeding habit. The phenomenon of similar body shapes evolving in response to the same selection pressures is known as convergent or parallel evolution, a phenomena that has fascinated me ever since I visited my first museum. There I became aware of the extraordinary convergence of Australian marsupial mammals with the placental mammals of the northern hemisphere. From a…

3 min.
no place for cheats

ONE aspect of gamefishing that sets it apart from other types of sport or recreational fishing is the set of rules administered by the IGFA. The rules set a framework in which anglers and skippers can challenge themselves to catch fish and compare those catches with ones made anywhere in the world and at different times throughout history. Of course, things do change over time. The equipment we have today is far advanced from what was available 50 years ago. Split cane rods, heavy handmade reels with leather straps for applying drag and linen line that needed drying out each evening have all been assigned to the past, so comparing our catches to those made by our forebears is already a bit of a stretch. Reels now have better drag systems…