BlueWater Issue 124 May 2017

Swordfish are the ultimate big fish challenge and Issue 124 of BlueWater magazine details the current boom in swordfish success

See the pair of junior sisters setting national records, and learn the details of two swordfish world record achievements that recently staggered the experts.

Feel the excitement of swimming with a swordfish and see the staggering photos captured.

Then Dr Pepperell reveals how predators and prey hide in the open ocean, and how you can catch more by getting your bait noticed.

Plus BlueWater’s in-depth boat tests profile a Boston Whaler with quad-outboards, and a family-friendly fishing trailerboat.

There’s a great deal more packed into these 100 pages!

FISHING FEATURES

Ultimate Magic Trick

THE ULTIMATE MAGIC TRICK 

– Invisibility in the pelagic environment

Dr Julian Pepperell investigates the never-ending evolutionary battle between pelagic predators and their prey in the art of how not to be seen.

These insights also reveal how colouring and behaviour will affect the chance of your bait or lure getting noticed and struck.

2 Sword World Records Guy Jacobsen

TWO WORLD RECORD SWORDS WITHIN 24 HOURS

Guy Jacobsen is master light-tackle angler of the highest degree, but the 15kg tackle IGFA world record for swordfish was a mark that eluded him for many years, despite enduring battles lasting up to 32 hours.

In March he finally succeeded, however, that was only the beginning…

Swimming with a Gladiator

A DAY TO REMEMBER

Swimming with a gladiator

When Jakson Stancich spotted a swordfish free-swimming at the surface, he recognised a rare opportunity so grabbed his underwater camera and jumped in for an encounter that he will never forget.

Fiji Winter Wahoo

FIJI’S BLISTERING WINTER WAHOO RUN

Each winter, migrating hordes of enormous wahoo invade Fiji’s fringing coral reefs and seamounts, delivering some of the most exciting gamefishing action you can imagine.

Or for another perspective, you could even jump in to catch one underwater, as Capt Jaga Crossingham did with an amazing result.

Capt Bobby Jones

THEY CALL THE SHOTS

Capt Bobby Jones – the quiet achiever

Over 33 seasons as a leading charter captain on the Cairns giant black marlin grounds, Bobby Jones pioneered new fishing grounds and techniques.

Many clients caught their dream fish thanks to this exceptional captain.

Topshots and Backing

WELCOME TO THE BIG GAME

Topshots, backing and implications of the new IGFA rule

Recent changes to the IGFA and national gamefishing rules have opened the door to a new way of gamefishing.

Master deckie Ben Bright outlines the convenience of using topshots on your gamefishing line, and how to take advantage of the huge benefits now offered by using braid as backing.

Frigatebirds 2 1

USING SEABIRDS TO FIND GAMEFISH

Part 6: Frigatebirds

Frigatebirds are a large tropical species with an enormous wingspan and a reputation for shadowing billfish.

They prey on sizeable baitfish pinned against the surface by attacking gamefish, making them an excellent indicator for finding the action, or where it is likely to happen soon.

Sthn Bluefin Tuna Management

AUSTRALIA’S MANAGEMENT OF SOUTHERN BLUEFIN TUNA

The value of southern bluefin tuna has escalated rapidly over the past 30 years, matching the rise in popularity of eating sashimi. Australia’s management of the stock and the commercial techniques used to harvest it have also changed substantially, including the pioneering of tuna ranching to maximise the value of the limited wild harvest quota.

A Day To Remember

A DAY TO REMEMBER

“Give him nothing,” they said

To lose a big fish can destroy some men, yet others become fired with a burning ambition to settle the score.

Such was the case for four Victorian friends who devoted their Christmas holidays each year to the quest for a big blue marlin from their trailerboat.

Smoke Mirrors Halco MAX

SMOKE & MIRRORS

Halco ‘Max 190’

Halco’s new ‘Max 190’ is a sub-surface trolling lure built tough with the hardware for serious gamefishing for tuna, wahoo, dolphinfish, kingfish and mackerel.

BOAT TESTS:

Boat Test Whittley Sea Legend 26

WHITTLEY SEA LEGEND 26

Family gamefisher

Whittley might be best known for its high-end trailerable family cruisers, but this iconic Melbourne boat manufacturer also has a strong line-up of fishing/family cross-over models called the Sea Legends.

For this review, we secured the outboard-powered SL26, a superbly-appointed trailerable fishing cruiser with a spacious cabin, soft-riding deep-vee hull and a functional fishing cockpit.

Boat Test Boston Whaler 420 Outrage

BOSTON WHALER 420 OUTRAGE

Out for a rage

Boston Whaler’s flagship 420 Outrage centre-console is a fabulous day-cruiser and offshore sportfishing boat.

With stunning performance from quad 350hp Mercury Verado supercharged 4-stroke outboards coupled with Boston Whaler’s superior build quality, legendary safety and excellent fishing fitout, this unsinkable legend is not only a versatile alternative to a traditional flybridge gameboat, it’s also a lot of fun to drive!

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