Cairns continues to produce the biggest black marlin in the world, and in this issue you’ll hear a sporting legend’s personal story of conquest, releasing a ‘grander’ from his trailerboat.
See Hawaii’s most famous blue marlin tournament, and discover how Otto Henze’s Penn company dominated the big-game reel market.
Learn how Capt McGrew Rice got his name, and why he’s regarded as one of Kona’s best marlin skippers. And Dr Pepperell continues his odyssey following the paths of released black marlin, this time ending up in southern Asia.
You’ll also get in-depth reviews on two outstanding BlueWater fishing boats, plus lots more…
GRANDER BLACK FROM A TINNY
After a distinguished rugby league career and now with a starring role as the host of his own TV fishing and adventure show, Andrew ‘ET’ Ettingshausen has become a passionate angler in search of big challenges.
His latest was to take on one of the world’s most formidable gamefish – a grander black marlin off Cairns – from the confines of an aluminium trailerboat.
DR PEPPERELLS BLACK MARLIN ODYSSEY
Part 2: North-west from Australia
Dr Julian Pepperell continues his odyssey to learn more about the destinations Australia’s tagged black marlin end up, visiting exotic southern India and Sri Lanka as he follows the fate of two small black marlin tagged off Exmouth in Western Australia.
Julian’s search for the people connected to these recaptures leads him on a fascinating and enlightening adventure.
KONAS GAME FISHING MASTERS
The 58th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT)
For many of us, the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is the quintessential gamefishing challenge, the classic sporting event that we have known about and aspired to fish for as long as we can remember.
After all, it has been running for 58 years! Run with a party atmosphere in a dream destination with idyllic conditions, your opportunity to join the fun is now more accessible than ever before.
THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF PENN GAME FISHING REELS
Part 2: Entering the big-game league
The origin 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.
Penn collector and historian Michael Cacioppo describes founder Otto Henze’s entry into the true big-game reel market.
RULING THE HIGH SEAS THROUGH COOPERATION
Billfish and tuna are important to Australian commercial and recreational fishers, yet their abundance is often determined by the fishing efforts outside of Australia’s territorial waters.
To ensure these ocean-roaming stocks are fished sustainably, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority works with other nations to monitor and regulate the industry.
THEY CALL THE SHOTS
Capt McGrew Rice – The ‘Hawaiian Cowboy’
Captain McGrew Rice has fished the world, guiding his clients to seven granders and multiple world records.
Based in Kona, Hawaii, he comes from a storied family with a long tradition of outstanding marlin skills and successes.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
Going, Going, GONE!
Taking the leader and wrapping it around your hand when a big black marlin is jumping beside the boat is not a task for the faint-hearted. In this classic tale from Capt Bill Harrison, a young deckie at Cairns learns one of the secrets to staying in the boat.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
Zac’s Billfish Grand Slam
On a recent holiday to Exmouth, mid-way up Western Australia, 7-year-old Zac Owens experienced one of those special days that he will remember for life.
Not only did he catch a Billfish Grand Slam, but also scored a pending Small Fry record.
A MODERN CLASSIC
Viking 37 Billfish
It’s refreshing when a newly-launched battlewagon evokes nostalgia for the classic years of offshore gamefishing while still providing the highest standards of modern construction and fit-out.
Enter the Viking 37 Billfish, a compact flybridge gamefishing weapon reminiscent of the best gamefishers of the 1960s.
SO YOU WANT AN EVOLUTION
Evolution 652 Enclosed
Built by a fisherman with experience in the rough offshore waters of southern Australia, Evolution boats are fast becoming the choice of discerning anglers seeking a high-quality trailerable gamefishing platform that will take them safely and comfortably well offshore. Evolution’s 652 Enclosed plays that role admirably.