BlueWater Boats & Sportsfishing
– Issue 128
On sale from: 14th December 2017
This special edition of BlueWater – issue 128 – explains how to use NASA’s amazing satellite technology to find and catch way more big game fish in far less time.
You’ll also learn the how-to insights from a master deckie, be astounded by the huge marlin at Cairns, and be inspired by Indonesia’s push in to eco-sportfishing.
You’ll discover how government agents help to protect gamefish resources, and why Dr Pepperell travelled to Costa Rica and Guam after tagged black marlin crossed oceans to get there.
Plus you get boat tests, new product reviews, big fish news and loads more in BlueWater #128…
LIFE ON THE LEADER
A wireman’s preparation for the end-game
Jarad Boshammer is a master wireman with extensive experience taking the leader on huge marlin.
For decades he’s worked as a professional deckie on leading charter boats in gamefish hotspots, and in this first of a series detailing the skills for successfully taking the leader, Jarad outlines how to be effective and stay safe at the same time.
CAIRNS 2017 – A SEASON OF GIANTS
Cairns is always the most consistent producer of the world’s largest marlin, but the 2017 season will go down as one of the best in recent memory.
From an early start in mid-September, through to a late finish in December, the fishery delivered black marlin of enormous proportions for anglers from around the world.
FIND THAT NEEDLE IN THE HAYSTACK – FASTER
The art of finding the needle in the haystack has been revolutionised by science.
With modern software linked to orbiting satellites, now you can easily and very effectively scan the ocean to find where baitfish and large gamefish accumulate and feed.
Chris Fullilove explains how services like RipCharts can help you achieve a whole new level of success.
BLACK MARLIN ODYSSEY: PART 3
Marlin fishermen of the Indo-Pacific
In this final instalment of his black marlin odyssey, Dr Julian Pepperell continues his adventures tracking down the destinations reached by black marlin tagged in Australia, and the impact of these recaptures on fishing communities around the Indo-Pacific.
This time he follows the trails of a record-setting fish that crossed to Costa Rica, and another that ventured to Guam.
INDONESIA BACKS SPORTFISHING ECO-TOURISM
Indonesia’s Spice Islands offer new treasures in the form of game- and sportfishing riches.
In an initiative to develop sustainable tourism in the North Maluku region, the Indonesian Government recently sponsored the republic’s largest ever fishing event – the Widi International Fishing Tournament.
ASSESSING GAMEFISH STOCKS FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Your gamefishing success relies on healthy stocks of marlin and tuna getting through the minefield of international commercial fishing operations before these fish reach our shores.
In an effort to ensure they are not overfished, Australian and international agencies are studying the stocks using various methods.
This is a tricky task, and in the case of Australia’s yellowfin tuna, new questions have now emerged.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
Young Lochie catches his first mako – twice!
Leo Miller took his young son out to Eaglehawk Neck’s continental shelf drop-off in search of sharks.
The mission was a success, eventually, but not before the young lad showed his true spirit and determination.
TOP OF THE CLASS
Boston Whaler 230 Outrage
Boston Whaler’s 230 Outrage is a wonderfully finished, superbly appointed warm weather trailerable gamefishing boat.
The second-smallest of eight Outrage models, the 230 centre console is an award-winning craft and one of the most recent models from one of the world’s best-known and respected boat manufacturers.
McLay 611 CrossXover HT
Forged on the rough waters of New Zealand’s far south, the McLay 611 CrossXover has been built safe and strong in heavy-gauge aluminium sheets to get you out there and then home again, no matter what the ocean throws at you.
With sporty lines and a hardtop cabin providing welcome shelter, this is a functional 6m gamefishing rig that is also very economical to run.