BlueWater Issue 138
BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing - Issue 138
Digital available now / Printed copies from 7th May 2019
Discover an easy to reach Pacific paradise bursting with big fish and coral reefs, with a 6-Star resort to make your trip the stuff of dreams. Then uncover a historic game fishing treasure from a pioneering expedition in 1934. You’ll also learn refined new techniques and tackle for catching blue marlin, and Dr Julian Pepperell explains why marlin are so highly regarded as food–and why you should try some.
BlueWater also previews a revolutionary new range of game fishing boats that is set to take the market by storm. Plus you get an in-depth Cruise Craft boat test, a lure review and a whole lot more…
THE KOKOMO EXPERIENCE
– Six-star Fiji game fishing
Fiji has always been a favourite game fishing destination for Tim and Trish Simpson, so when a new 6-Star resort was created on one of the remote islets inside the coral lagoon off the eastern tip of Kadavu Island, they couldn’t wait to get there. What they experienced was even more exciting than they’d imagined.
REFINED BLUE MARLIN TECHNIQUES
Once you’ve experienced the blistering speed and power of a large blue marlin, there is no going back. They are an obsession for anglers all over the world. John Ashley became afflicted many years ago, and since then he’s travelled the globe’s hotspots to learn from the best and refine his techniques.
The First Marlin
A significant game fishing treasure has been unearthed from the archives of Australia’s oldest game fishing club, and its resurrection is now being released in a revealing documentary. As Chris Baty portrays, the film provides a time capsule that transports you back to the pioneering days of our sport, when gamefishermen were made of iron.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
The Ripley's Fish
After hooking a massive Pacific bluefin tuna on kingfish tackle, Sam Faisandier faced anadditional challenge so bizarre that not even Ripley would have believed it.
MARLIN: TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT?
Although the consumption of swordfish won’t raise too many eyebrows, eating other billfish species – especially marlin and sailfish – may not be so universally accepted. Dr Julian Pepperell navigates through this somewhat touchy topic and provides good advice on how best to treat those marlin and sailfish that are landed – and yes, eaten.
Swordfish with purple barley, chorizo and snow peas
Cooking the barley in the sweet vegetable juice gives both a spectacular colour and unique flavour that plays off the chorizo and lends a real meatiness to the swordfish.
THWARTING THE HIGH SEAS TUNA PLUNDERERS
Protecting Australia’s tuna and billfish starts well beyond the national borders. As the Australian Fisheries Management Authority explains, doing so relies on international cooperation and a new suite of electronic surveillance technology.
REDUCING FIGHT TIME WITH BIG BLUEFIN
Learning techniques to reduce fight times will benefit the fish as they can be released in stronger condition for a greater chance of survival. And with less lactic acid build-up, the fish you keep will taste far better too. Dr Sean Tracey gets some tips on tackling large bluefin from Tuna Champions Ambassador Jonah Yick.
SMOKE & MIRRORS
Halco Laser Pro 190 XDD
Halco’s famous Laser Pro diving minnow range just got even better with the release of a new and improved deep-diving bib, the XDD model. In the bluewater 190 size, this depth-probing mid- to high-speed trolling lure is a deadly weapon for tuna and many gamefish species.
Cruise Craft 685 Explorer HT
A Mobile Game Fishing Classic
Cruise Craft’s Explorer 685 is fast approaching classic status. This is a finely crafted Australian trailerboat that makes a superb trailerable game fishing platform. The latest version sports a full hardtop and semi-enclosed helm station, providing sufficient weather protection for chasing billfish in the warmer climates, as well as big bluefin and swords in southern waters.
Osborne 7500 Trailer Gameboat
Start of The Revolution
Sportfishing boat designer Wayne Osborne really started the serious game fishing crowd talking when he last wrote about the major new advances still not being incorporated in current boats. He’s since formed a company to do just that, promising a major boost in fishing efficiency as well as revolutionary reduction in running costs. The first model to be released is the Osborne 7500, a trailerable 7.7-metre diesel powered, shaft-drive gameboat.
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