BlueWater Issue 125

BlueWater Issue 125 July 2017

What a milestone issue! BlueWater 125 raises the bar, delivering eagerly-awaited how-to instructions for catching huge swordfish

Also ground-breaking ways to release them alive for crucial scientific research.

In this issue you’ll discover where some of the world’s largest kingfish can be found, and join a fishing adventure to Papua New Guinea.

You’ll also learn how to locate the biggest gamefish, get in-depth reviews on two outstanding BlueWater fishing boats, plus much, much more.

FISHING FEATURES:

Big Swordfish and a Can of Worms

BIG SWORDFISH AND A CAN OF WORMS

To release or not to release, that is the question

A mission to release swordfish with satellite tags leads BlueWater Editor Tim Simpson to Tasmania, where he finds a beast testing more than his angling skills.

The adventure also revealed the issues and complexities involved with the release of these magnificent fish.

Setting Boundaries

SETTING THE BOUNDARIES

The fuzzy edges of gamefish distribution

What are the limits to the distribution and movements of pelagic gamefish?

Are gamefish moving into new areas due to climate change? Why are some of the largest fish of different species found near the edges of their known ranges?

Dr Julian Pepperell provides the answers as he examines the boundaries of the open ocean, along with the boundary riders themselves.

Ranfurly Banks

TOP-WATER AT NEW ZEALAND’S PHENOMENAL RANFURLY BANKS

New Zealand is world famous for its enormous yellowtail kingfish, but as usual, the biggest fish and the most productive hotspots often involve a trek to reach.

Professional fishing guide Mark Armistead reveals not only one of the very best hotspots for these brutally challenging fish, but also the most spectacular and exciting way to catch them.

Grand Sense

A GRAND SENSE OF ADVENTURE

The National Gamefishing Titles of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is a land of wonder, with breathtaking scenery and gamefishing aplenty.

The country’s annual National Gamefishing Titles attract some of the world’s best gamefishing captains, who fly in to join the locals for the friendly rivalry and excitement of competition in this angling frontier.

Temperature Maps CSIRO

UNLOCKING THE SECRETS TO EAC GAMEFISH MIGRATION

It is well understood that gamefish have water temperature preferences, but even when the right temperature water is present there may not be any gamefish in it.

New research to discover the other factors influencing the movements of tropical gamefish will ultimately help us to catch more off south-eastern Australia.

Make A Billrope

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING: MAKE A BILL-ROPE AND SAVE YOUR SWORDFISH

Swordfish are the ocean’s supreme gladiator, often fighting to exhaustion before conceding defeat. If you’ve caught a swordfish and now want to ensure the magnificent animal lying alongside survives release, a bill-rope can make its revival both easier and more effective.

SMOKE & MIRRORS

Azure Lures: ‘Hayley’s Comet’

The ‘Hayley’s Comet’ from New Zealand’s Azure Lures is a stellar performer, beautifully hand-crafted by a passionate artisan who has tuned it to dance with seduction while tracking straight and true, even in the turbulent seas of Australia and his homeland.

BOAT TESTS:

My Lure

MY LURE

Pleysier 38 flybridge My Lure

With its striking deep-vee hull, clean lines and soft curves, the 12m flybridge cruiser My Lure is unmistakably from the drawing board of legendary designer David Pleysier.

However, instead of a traditional twin-screw power system, the ground-breaking My Lure runs a single shaft-drive diesel for substantial savings in running costs, coupled with a bow thruster to maintain directional control at low speeds.

Jeff Webster joined My Lure’s owner, Rob New, aboard his stunning Pleysier 38 to discover the development of this innovative craft.

Formosa 660

BUDGET-FRIENDLY OFFSHORE GAMEFISHER

Formosa 660 Tomahawk Offshore

The 660 Tomahawk Offshore is a big volume, wide beam trailerboat from Brisbane builder Formosa Marine.

Keenly priced and fitted with a hardtop, enclosed helm and spacious cockpit, this production plate-alloy rig represents exceptional value for a capable family trailerboat that will happily get you out there among the offshore gamefish.

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