BlueWater Issue 131
BlueWater Boats & Sportsfishing
– Issue 131
On sale from: 17th May 2018
Do you dream of sailing off into the sunset, chasing big fish adventures around the world? Morten Ruud did, and in this issue he details how he’s now fishing the world’s best marlin hotspots on a modest budget. It’s an inspiring tale of innovation!
You’ll also discover where blue marlin have turned up in double their usual numbers, and how Capt Bart Miller lived as a game fishing addict. Dr Pepperell delves into the reproductive strategies of gamefish, revealing astounding figures about their sex lives. In this issue of BlueWater you’ll also discover the secrets to diesel reliability, plus a detailed boat test and a great deal more.
SAILING TO A WORLD OF BIG FISH ADVENTURES
Part 1: The creation of Offshore Hunter
Many of us dream of travelling the world, chasing the biggest marlin at the world’s best hotspots.
Norwegian businessman Morten Ruud made that dream a reality, designing and building a unique sailing gameboat to enable it. Having now completed stage one of his round-the-world odyssey, Morten shares the creation of his dream and the first wave of his remarkable big fish successes.
TAMI FLASHES HER BABY BLUES
– The PNG National Game Fishing Titles at Lae
The intense fishing effort of a tournament is often the catalyst triggering new techniques and developments in our sport.
This Easter, Papua New Guinea’s National Game Fishing Titles at Lae saw boats stretched far beyond their normal realm, inspired by the most prolific run of blue marlin the nation has ever experienced.
The amazing reproduction techniques of gamefish
The life cycles of pelagic fish are many and varied, with some species producing mind-boggling numbers of eggs while others, especially sharks, give birth to large babies that are relatively few in number but well equipped to look after themselves. Dr Julian Pepperell reveals the fascinating ways in which pelagic fish reproduce, and why each strategy works best for their population.
MY LIFE AS A GAME FISHING ADDICT
– by Capt Bart Miller
Until his passing on March 6 this year, Capt Bart Miller’s life was driven by an unrelenting passion for excellence. Obsessed by marlin – especially huge marlin – Bart carved a career at the top of the game fishing world, first as a marlin charter captain in Hawaii, later as a lure-maker based in Florida.
This article, written by Bart himself, describes his lifelong addiction to big game fishing.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
17 marlin in a day!
Do you dream of those rare days when everything aligns and the fish bite so frenetically that you look forward to a lull, so you can catch your breath?
This summer’s crazy marlin bite delivered such a day for Guy Jamieson and his buddy off Jervis Bay.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
The day of the big bluefin
In mid-July last year, a run of large southern bluefin tuna appeared off the north-eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
Never before had such large numbers of huge bluefin been seen.
This fired a ‘tuna rush’ as anglers clambered for the rare chance to catch a giant. Jed Radaly and Josh Holmes were there to join the action.
HOW TO ACHIEVE A RELIABLE DIESEL SUPPLY
Your fishing, and even your life, relies on a consistent flow of fuel getting through to your engine, yet many boat owners unknowingly put that in jeopardy.
Diesel engine expert Dennison Berwick outlines the traps, as well as the easy steps that will ensure your fuel stays pure and gets to where it needs to be.
Wellcraft 302 Fisherman
The flagship of US brand Wellcraft’s updated range of centre-console fishing/family boats is the 302 Fisherman, a large, wide-beam (yet still trailerable) open-deck game fishing boat loaded with more than enough creature comforts to also keep your tribe happy on the family days. Rigged for speed with a pair of Mercury 400R super-charged 4-stroke outboards, this rocket-ship is a powerhouse performer.