Bluewater Boats & Game Fishing Issue 141

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BlueWater Issue 141

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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing - Issue 141

See where the world’s biggest tuna ever caught was landed, and hear the remarkable story about how it happened. Packed with how-to information, in this issue you’ll also learn how to make your outriggers function more effectively, and Dr Sam Williams explains how marlin hunt and how this affects your success. Discover an Australian sailfish hotspot, and where black marlin spawning grounds are now likely to be discovered. Plus you’ll find a detailed boat test, an amazing kingfish recipe and a whole lot more…

The Biggest Tuna Ever Caught

THE BIGGEST TUNA EVER CAUGHT

Ken Fraser’s 678.58kg (1496-pound) IGFA All-Tackle World Record for bluefin tuna has stood undefeated for 40 years. This staggering fish is the largest of any tuna species ever caught and has amazed and inspired anglers around the world ever since its capture in 1979. As never told before, Ken describes the events leading up to that remarkable catch, a day that changed his life forever.

Billfish In The Other Dimension

BILLFISH IN THE OTHER DIMENSION

We generally search for billfish by looking for what influences their aggregations at the surface, however, as fisheries biologist Dr Sam Williams explains, where you’ll find them is equally influenced by what is happening in the vertical plane. Billfish spend much of their time in the depths, so understanding how they are affected by water temperature, dissolved oxygen content and light will help you to catch more of them.

A Double-Edged Sword

A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

With new techniques, broadbill swordfish are an increasingly popular game fishing species, and the large females most often targeted by anglers are particularly important to the health of the stock. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) carefully manages the commercial fishery for the species and says anglers must also play a role in their management and sustainability.

HUNT FOR THE INDIAN OCEAN SPAWNING GROUNDS OF BLACK MARLIN

With the latest DNA research showing that Indian Ocean black marlin are a separate stock from those in the Pacific, the location of the spawning grounds of the Indian Ocean fish becomes an important consideration for international fisheries management. Dr Julian Pepperell has long wondered about this possibility, and recently undertook a journey to several Indonesian islands to try to find the answer.

FAMILY ROAD TRIP TO BROOME

Trailering their barra boat across the top of Australia, Murray Knyvett and his family set off on an adventure to catch sailfish off Broome. What they discovered so inspired them that they’re already making preparations to do it all again.

TOURNAMENTS RIDE TIDES OF CHANGE

The Tuna Champions project is working with tournaments to help guide anglers to better respect the fish and make the most of their catch. Dr Sean Tracey looks at what’s changing on the tournament circuit and why it’s a win for southern bluefin tuna as well as for anglers.

BLUEWATER GOURMET

Kingfish tartare with green apple, cucumber and caviar

Yellowtail kingfish were the staple diet for Chef James Green when he grew up on Lord Howe Island, so he’s an expert on delicious ways to prepare them. This tasty raw fish recipe transports this delectable species several steps up from ordinary sashimi or sushi.

BOATING FEATURES

STABICRAFT 2250 CENTRECAB

Rough-water Kiwi

Stabicraft has added two new centre-cabin models to its range of aluminium pontoon vee-hull boats. Built in New Zealand, the 2250 Centrecab and 2250 Ultra Centrecab join the larger 2500 and 2750 series models to provide anglers with a more compact walkaround fishing platform for a lot less money. Jeff Webster found this versatile 2250 Centrecab one of the finest new trailerable fishing boats he has tested all year.

OUTRIGGER FUNDAMENTALS

PART 2: Set up for smooth operation

Optimal presentation of our lures, baits and also teasers usually relies on our outrigger systems, so it pays to get them set up in a way that not only maximises their effectiveness, but also the speed and ease with which they can be manipulated. Dave Ferrell consults with leaders in the US scene to deliver this insightful guide to setting-up your halyard system for peak efficiency.

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