Advanced techniques for faster blue marlin
Exmouth’s exceptional numbers of blue marlin have enabled Capt Eddy Lawler and his deckie Murray Teasdale to refine a remarkably successful system for maximising hook-ups and catching blues faster, helping the team to catch and release more marlin for their clients each day.
Tapping the southern bluefin tuna run
Southern bluefin tuna have made a huge resurgence in recent years and anglers now regularly enjoy excellent catches during the autumn and winter months. With the right techniques and a bit of luck you might even score a much-coveted ‘barrel’ weighing more than 100kg.
Using seabirds to find gamefish – PART 2: Sight-hunters
Unlike the oceanic birds that hunt with their sense of smell, as described last issue, seabird expert Jon Norling now outlines the species that hunt primarily by sight. Some are a gamefisherman’s best friend as they are highly visible and can lead you right to where the action is going down.
Sorting out the relatives – the trevally clan
The trevallies, or jacks as they are also known, include many similar-looking species, some of which change colour or shape as they mature. They cause more identification problems than just about any other group of fishes, so Dr Julian Pepperell has compiled this easy-to-follow identification guide.
Sharing the seas – AFMA management of striped marlin and baitfish
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is responsible for managing the sharing of these valuable resources between commercial longliners and gamefishing anglers along the southeast coast of Australia.
SMOKE & MIRRORS
Mold Craft – ‘Senior Bobby Brown’
Few lures gain the reputation or the catch history of Mold Craft’s famous ‘Bobby Brown’. This Soft Head, slant-faced Plunger-style lure performs in numerous positions and is a must-have lure when fishing for larger marlin.
Mako 284 Centre Console
At the top of the trailerboat food chain is the Mako 284 Centre Console. It is highly regarded for its excellent fit-out, solid build quality and seaworthy deep-vee hull.
Improving the breed
Tournament 2000 Bluewater Hardtop
This updated model now sports a sturdy fibreglass hardtop and helm, making it an impressive, good value half-cabin with genuine offshore gamefishing capability.