How to catch daytime swordfish deep-dropping, how to find and catch big cobia off live FADs are just two of the detailed features in this issue. You’ll also discover how to read the signs seabirds show to find more gamefish, plus the vital Neritic Zone, bluefin tuna, detailed boat tests and much more…
Australia’s swordfish gold rush
Australia has lots of enormous swordfish, and with recent developments in the daytime deep-dropping technique, anglers are now catching them consistently in Tasmania, Victoria, southern Queensland and in Western Australia. Richard Abela details how to stake your claim in this exciting new gold rush.
Life in the Neritic Zone
The neritic zone is the shallow, warm and baitfish-rich habitat that is home to a whole suite of smaller, coastal-dwelling gamefish species, including various tunas, mackerels and even mini-billfish. Dr Julian Pepperell delves into the shallows to describe these important environments and their fish fauna.
Catching cobia off live FADs
Far better than merely hooking-up from a blind strike, seeing your quarry before it strikes always adds heart-in-mouth expectation and excitement. Ben Knaggs reveals a thrilling and very productive way to catch one of the most challenging of inshore gamefish by searching for marine megafauna.
Milestone at the Bay of Islands Yellowtail Tournament
Originating in a challenge from the Sydney Game Fishing Club back in 1970, the International Yellowtail Tournament, hosted by New Zealand’s Bay of Islands Swordfish Club, is a fiercely competitive but very friendly light-tackle challenge focussed squarely on the mighty yellowtail kingfish.
Commonwealth management of southern bluefin tuna
After decades of poor catches, Australia’s southern bluefin tuna have appeared in record sizes and numbers over recent years. AFTA’s ground-breaking research and new management procedures, outlined here, are helping to ensure the continuation of this resurgence.
Using seabirds to find gamefish
PART 3: Petrels and shearwaters
Jon Norling continues this series by revealing the characteristics of the generally dark-coloured and medium-sized petrel and shearwater species. Once you learn their sometimes deceptive habits, these important birds are excellent indicators for finding gamefish.
Polished gem – Caribbean 40 flybridge
These boats are Australian gamefishing classics, but Nathan Ghosn’s deft touch and hard-core gamefishing experience polishes them to gamefishing gems. uine offshore gamefishing capability.
Barrel-chaser – Yellowfin 6700 Hardtop
These heavy-duty, plate-aluminium fishing boats now have an even better fishing-focussed design, together with a thoughtfully-constructed hardtop for shelter.