Discover how a young boy and his father deliberately targeted and caught a world record bluefin tuna, achieving international fame in the process.
AFMA then reveal insights into swordfish habits, prey and migrations, which are sure to help you catch more of them.
You’ll also be amazed at the angler’s story behind one of the largest swordfish ever caught in Australia.
Dr Julian Pepperell delves deep into the offshore world and reveals the wonders that await if you bother to look – some of which are truly astounding!
Then seabird expert Jon Norling details how terns can lead you to catch more gamefish.
And if you’d like to really test your strength, learn how jigging will connect you to some of the world’s toughest reef brawlers.
There’s loads of action in this issue of BlueWater!
A KID WITH GRIT
Daniel Lazarevski made worldwide headlines in early September when he single-handedly caught a southern bluefin tuna nearly four times his weight.
The lightweight 10-year-old struggled in pain for more than two-and-a-half hours to achieve this amazing feat, as described here by his skipper, Richard Abela.
DISTRIBUTION AND MOVEMENT OF AUSTRALIAN SWORDFISH
Australia has a world-class fishery for swordfish, with good numbers of fish and exceptionally large specimens found throughout at least the lower half of the continent.
Much of this fishery is currently in the discovery phase for Aussie anglers, but AFMA have been monitoring the stocks for decades and now have a good understanding of its dynamics.
A USER’S GUIDE TO THE BLUEWATER WILDERNESS
Every time you head out towards the horizon you are voyaging into a true, blue wilderness. You might be seeking the great gamefish, but there are many more fascinating creatures to see along the way. Dr Julian Pepperell describes just some of the many sights to look for that can make your day an awesome experience, even if you don’t turn a reel.
SERIOUS SERIOLA JIGGING
Kings and Samson fish
Deep-water vertical jigging will not give you a relaxing day on the water. It’s likely to leave you with sore arms, an aching back and a burning desire to lie down and have a rest.
But it also provides some of the most exciting, bone-jarring strikes from brutal reef-thugs powerful enough to test the skills and strength of even the fittest young bucks. As Anton Vogiatzis suggests, give it a go – if you’re game.
USING SEABIRDS TO FIND GAMEFISH
Part 4: Terns and tropicbirds
Terns and the similar-looking tropicbirds are some of the most reliable gamefish indicators, but you still need to know how to read their signs and learn the habits of your local species, as Jon Norling details.
THE FRENCH MEDITERRANEAN’S TUNA SECRET
The French Mediterranean coast is only a few hours from any European capital.
It is also home to a world-class yet rather secret Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery.
In fact, the last few seasons have been among the best, as local angler Bill François reveals.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
Our 356kg swordfish off St Helens, Tasmania
The recent surge in daytime deep-dropping for swordfish has seen a lot of anglers achieve the pinnacle of the sport, and the catch of their lives.
Jamie Bryant and his mate Dean took their sons out for a day off St Helens, in north-east Tasmania.
What they hooked, and what they experienced, was way beyond their wildest hopes. It certainly was a day to remember.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
Interlude with Sydney’s jumbo yellowfin
Sydney’s Spring run of yellowfin tuna can turn on some very exciting fishing, but Garry Theobald and his buddies hit the jackpot when they used Internet SST charts to pinpoint an exciting current edge where, as they found, the baitfish and the yellowfin were massed in a boiling feeding frenzy.
TRIAL BY STORM
North Carolina’s Outer Banks throw up some treacherous seas, so US-based Regulator Marine and a renowned naval architect fine-tuned a weighty hull with the shape and strength to cut through and tame those seas, while providing an exceptional platform for serious sportfishing.
It’s a recipe with a lot of application over here too, as John Ford discovered on a stormy day off Sydney.
Kevlacat 2400 Offshore
Kevlacat has an enviable reputation for manufacturing exceptional powered offshore fishing catamarans.
The boats are proven performers in rough water, with smooth-riding hulls and excellent cockpit layouts for serious fishing.
Jeff Webster takes a fresh look at recent refinements to one of the classic trailerable models, the 2400 Offshore Hardtop.
Kekoa updates with Garmin electronics
Cairns-based gameboat Kekoa, run by Capt Luke Fallon and his wife Kelly, is a high-tech, custom-built 17m O’Brien with an enviable track record for its fish-catching ability. Now six years old, Luke decided to upgrade Kekoa’s electronics, and after evaluating all of the latest technology he settled on a complete suite of Garmin’s best.