BlueWater Issue 126

BlueWater Issue 126 September 2017

The world’s best technique for catching big tuna.

And you’re sure going to want to know what the big fish paradise of Samoa has to offer!

Then discover the amazing story behind one of the world’s largest fishing reel manufacturers, where your released black marlin end up, and the truth about the great banana hoax – the world’s most pervasive fishing superstition.

You’ll also find two in-depth reviews on outstanding BlueWater fishing boats, plus lots more…

FISHING FEATURES:

Pillie Technique

THE DEADLY PILLIE TECHNIQUE FOR TUNA

Although the preferred way to catch Australia’s large yellowfin during the 1980s, the use of a berley trail of fish chunks, together with a free-lined whole pilchard or fillet bait, has been largely forgotten.

However, it is still as deadly as ever, and works a treat on bluefin, albacore and other species too.

Samoa Bluewater Battlegrounds

SAMOAS BLUEWATER BATTLEGROUNDS

Samoa on land is an idyllic tropical paradise, but in the waters just offshore there are big beasties aplenty and they will test your tackle and stamina to the limit.

Marlin to grander size, big yellowfin and dolphinfish are just the beginning.

As James Ibrahim discovered, Samoa also offers untapped excellence for big GTs, dogtooth tuna and much more – even big fish action while still standing on shore!

Pillie Technique

THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF PENN GAME FISHING REELS 

Part 1: Creating a legacy

The origins of the Penn Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Company – and how it led to the development of some of the world’s most popular and successful gamefishing reels – is a fascinating story of courage, insight and determination dating back to America’s Great Depression.

In the first of this two-part series, Penn collector and historian Michael Cacioppo describes the breakthroughs that propelled Otto Henze’s fledgling company to the head of the industry.

Black Marlin Odyssey

BLACK MARLIN ODYSSEY

Part 1: Marlin fishermen of the Indo-Pacific

Of all the gamefish species tagged in Australian waters, the black marlin stands out as the long-distance champion, with recaptured fish reported from all over the Pacific and Indian oceans.

In this first instalment of a three-part series, Dr Julian Pepperell shares his experiences while travelling to faraway places to meet fishermen who have returned tags from across the seas, and learn about what billfish mean to them.

Banana Hoax

JIM RIZZUTO AND THE GREAT BANANA HOAX

Wherever you go in the gamefishing world, you’re likely to hear that it’s bad luck to take bananas aboard a fishing boat. While this is merely an amusement for some, for others it is taken very seriously indeed!

Solo Swordfish

A DAY TO REMEMBER

In search of a solo swordfish

Catching a swordfish is a pinnacle of angling success, but trying to do so single-handed from a six-metre trailerboat 100km from shore adds a whole other level of difficulty.

Such was the challenge that Victorian angler Kevin Buhagiar set himself.

BOAT TESTS:

Yellowfin 7600

SOUTHERNER COMFORT 

Yellowfin 7600 Southerner

Quintrex has added two new boats to its heavy-duty Yellowfin plate-alloy range. The new 7000 and 7600 Southerner models have an extended hardtop to provide more shelter, while still maintaining an effective cockpit size.

The flagship 7600 model is the pick of the two boats for offshore gamefishing, offering excellent performance, a comfortable ride and a spacious, practical interior layout.

Grady White 191

 BIG LITTLE BOAT

Grady-White 191 Coastal Explorer

Grady-White’s 191CE is the latest model in the inshore hybrid Coastal Explorer range from this renowned US boatbuilder.

Kelly Dalling Fallon walks us through the reasoning that led her and husband Luke – a highly respected pro gameboat captain based in Cairns – to choose the 191 above all other contenders to be their ‘big little boat’ for their downtime gamefishing fun.

They also explain how they set it up for billfishing … and how it performs.

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