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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing September - October 2017

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

BILLFISH FOUNDATION: ADRIENNE KATZ Adrienne is now the Science and Policy Associate for The Billfish Foundation, based in Florida. Following a career in advertising, she crewed and worked as a dive instructor in the Caribbean before joining a yacht that fished from Alaska for salmon to Costa Rica for billfish. Fascinated by the billfish, Adrienne then gained a Masters degree at the University of Miami before joining the TBF staff, and has never looked back. SUBSCRIBER: DARREN SANDY Owner of Amokura, a spectacular custom-built 17m Assegai, Darren lives in Melbourne but travels with the boat regularly to Bermagui, the Gold Coast and Cairns. He grew up in a fishing family and loves to see marlin jump, especially the really big ones at Cairns. These days, Darren gets the most enjoyment from taking friends…

3 min.
‘hand-feeding’ tuna

“That really is some of the most exciting gamefishing you will ever see!” Many of my most exciting days on the ocean have involved watching big tuna feed just off the stern of a drifting or anchored boat. Spotting the feint outline of a big yellowfin or bluefin materialising from the depths and then drawing closer and closer until its vivid yellow fins and fat torpedo-shape form sharpen into view is something that has always pumped adrenaline through my veins. Casually weaving from left to right as they steadily climbed their way up the staircase of chopped fish, these tuna probably inhaled every single morsel of berley we flipped into the water – except the one with our hook in it! When a tuna appears at the transom it usually means it has…

1 min.
two great fishing lodges in arnhem land

Fish Seven Spirit Bay/Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge on the same trip! As Seven Spirit and the Barra Lodge are both owned by Outback Spirit Tours, special “combo” packages are now available so that guests can fish and experience both locations on the one trip! Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge This magnificent resort has been completely refurbished by new owners, Outback Spirit Tours, and will be offering remote-area sportfishing tours in 2017-18. Location Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge is situated on the western side of Port Essington on Cobourg Peninsula in the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, western Arnhem Land. Sportfishing seasons 2017-18 October / November 2017 March / April 2018 Fishing Lodge guests have access to a huge expanse of coastal beaches, headlands, offshore reefs, islands and a number of tidal creeks… this is a fishing paradise. Arnhem Land Barramundi…

4 min.
tense conclusion to coral sea marine park battle

Following years of protests and uncertainty due to successive Australian governments proposing substantial lock-outs to treasured fishing grounds, Sally Barnes, Director of National Parks, released the latest management plans for Commonwealth Marine Reserve network on 21 July. The new plans are regarded as a reasonable and science-based compromise between protection and sustainable use, and provide significantly more access for recreational fishing the proposals of recent Australian governments. The proposal gives recreational anglers access to 97 per cent of waters within 100km of the coast, and 80 per cent of the whole network. The draft has been widely, although cautiously, welcomed by the GFAA and other major angling groups. However, the draft plans have outraged the powerful environmentalist groups that strived for so long to eliminate fishing from a vast swathe of Australia’s…

4 min.
australian tagging program

SOUTHERN BLUEFIN HEAD TO NEW ZEALAND To date, more than 24,000 southern bluefin tuna (SBT) have been tagged under the NSW DPI Game Fish Tagging Program. Of these, more than 170 fish have been recaptured and reported to DPI. Three recent recaptures are highlighted below. A southern bluefin released by Adelaide GFC member Shane Evans aboard Squiffy has recently been recaptured – in New Zealand! Shane released the estimated 27kg tuna while fishing off Victor Harbour, South Australia, on 27 February 2016. The fish was released in excellent condition after a couple of photos. Some 476 days later, after travelling 1488 nautical miles (straight line) east-southeast from its release location, the tuna was recaptured by commercial fishing vessel Big Eye, off Greymouth on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The…

3 min.
victoria’s swordfish season – by the numbers

As Autumn turned into winter, eastern Victoria’s incredible run of broadbill swordfish remained consistent, with dividends for all crews willing to brave the freezing cold conditions. Despite significant changes in ocean temperature and clarity between the 23°C blue water at the season’s beginning in March and the 17°C green water at the end of July, the fishery continued to deliver swordfish. The only thing limiting catches was the typically strong winds and low-pressure systems that have been relentless along eastern Victoria. Amazing tales of epic swordfish battles have become the norm in Victoria, and captures this season continued to rewrite the records, turning dreams into reality for many Australian anglers. Throughout the season, social media has been alight with everything swordfish, however, the actual number of fish taken was not accurately reflected by…