The Perth Game Fishing Club, based in Fremantle, Western Australia had its annual awards ceremony on October 18th. MaxSea is a proud sponsor of the club and our Regional Sales Manager Thibault Hua attended the event.
The awards were held at the recently-refurbished Fremantle Sailing Club function room, overlooking the marina and Indian Ocean with truly stunningly beautiful views.
Thibault was hosted by President Ben Weston, Vice President Tim Carson and Rhyss Whittred – life member, whose boat has a full suite of electronics that include MaxSea and Furuno, and was one of the big winners in the awards.
Members of the Club got to spend time with Thibault and trade tips on sport fishing.
Rhyss’s vessel “Ashram” has already been featured on our blog after qualifying for the 2015 world championships in Costa Rica. He didn’t let his team of anglers down with some impressive awards:
Champion Boat – Ashram
Champion Male Angler – Rhyss Whittred
Champion Female – Sangeeta Menon
Champion Junior – Drew Ziepe
Most species tagged and released – Sangeeta Menon
Most fish tagged and released – Rhyss Whittred
PGFC enjoys a continued relationship with MaxSea, and has witnessed the increase of club members using MaxSea TimeZero PLOT software. The majority of the awards on the night went to boats running MaxSea software.
MaxSea is proud to be a partner of The Ashram Fishing Team. This Australian-based team recently participated in the “Seasport Charters Marlin Cup,” using MaxSea TimeZero PLOT on board. Here is their account of how the tournament went.
The team is made up of Sangeeta Menon, Andy Ziepe, Mark Jarrett and Rhyss Whittred. The Seasport Charters Marlin Cup was hosted by the Perth Game Fishing Club in Jurien Bay, and ran from February 20-23rd.
Jurien Bay is approx. 400km north of Team Ashram’s home port and boasts some excellent game fishing species. The winner of this tournament receives an invite to compete in the Offshore World Championships in Costa Rica for 2015.
Rhyss Whittred gives us his account of the tournament:
“For our team this was the first major tournament we had competed in since I purchased my Wellcraft 270 and revamped the electronics to include Maxsea TimeZero PLOT and Furuno’s latest technology. I can’t say how keen we were to compete and in fact one of the teams there had the reigning world champion angler on board Valkoista (Craig White).
It was a 3 day tournament with your 2 best days fishing score counting towards overall championship points. The night before the tournament commenced I downloaded the latest Maxsea weather file and carefully worked out our fishing plan in line with sea surface temp, currents and plankton.
We headed out and had a cracker of a day. The Maxsea oceanic data was spot on and my team was fantastic with their art of angling and we managed Southern Blue Fin, Striped and Yellowfin Tuna to give us some great points of 2,850 points and our nearest competitors were on 375 points.
Saturday dawned and I planned to go to the same area north where we had done so well the day before. Alas, the water temperature was down 2 degrees, with no bait and no birds. We could hear others on the radio with great fishing results. Unfortunately I had left my mobile phone at the hotel and couldn’t download a current weather file. We were now at a complete low and did not turn a reel for the day.
The next morning I was up very early and downloaded the weather file and made a plan of attack. In fact the good water and temperature breaks we had 2 days before where now 40kms south of Jurien and we needed to get among it. With the early start we got down there in time for lines in at 6am and once again we tagged our limit of tuna and returned to port.
The scoring by other teams was very good and it was an absolute pleasure to have revealed that the Ashram Team picked up Champion Boat, Champion Female Angler, Runner Up Male Angler and Champion Tag and Release.
So my friends at Maxsea, I thank you all for your cutting edge technology and how it all worked in so well with my Furuno equipment and helping us to win this tournament.”
– Rhyss Whittred
Thanks Rhys! And best of luck for the World Marlin Championships in Costa Rica!
People often ask the question: Is it possible to correctly release a fish caught deeper than 20 – 25m underwater (sea bass, white fish etc.)?
In this post, we are happy to share advice on this subject from the experienced fishing guide Olivier Journaux, who teaches in la Rochelle, France with MaxSea software on board.
“Cpt. OJ” as he is known, is a high-level athlete (who was a successful windsurfer in the years 1984 to 1989) and a triathlete at national level for almost ten years in France. Then he practiced spearfishing intensively until the year 2004, and has coached for more than 15 years different sports including swimming, triathlon and national windsurfing 2000-2004. Now the sportsman has become a fishing guide and he certainly is as committed to this endeavor as he has been all along.
It’s certainly not always easy. Over the last three years, we have been releasing white fish without taking them on board and in the end we didn’t enjoy it very much: no pictures, no memories, it’s a shame!
Since then, I have discovered the solution to this problem – using a syringe with a large needle (purchased from a pharmacy, with a pink tip) to puncture the fish after it has been caught. I inject the syringe in the fish’s lower abdomen immediately after catching the fish. The fish then “deflates” quickly.
This happens because there is a release of gasses in the bladder that accumulate suddenly when the fish rises quickly through the water, experiencing a sudden change in pressure).
Just after injecting the fish, it quickly recovers its normal breathing in clear, fresh water. Then just rub the fish’s belly and push the air towards the needle so that the fish can recover. The fish then suddenly reverts to a normal position i.e. belly down.
Learning a successful method to release the fish is a great satisfaction for me and obviously for all of my students too, who can enjoy the beautiful fish in a very good state of health, the picture can then be taken calmly with the fish is a good state of health. And for the record – we have already caught two fish that we had already caught previously. This goes to show the relatively low concentration of fish in the water.
Of course, this technique works well for sea bass and this has allowed us to release many wonderful fish this year which is great news when you consider that the fish population suffers a little more each year.
A last comment on the 2010 season: more and more people are making the decision to release the fish that they catch, and I mean all of their fish. There is no obligation to do so, the only rule we have is a limit to the current quota of fish kept on board since I began fishing in 2006.
Now, in order to avoid unnecessarily keeping fish, I ask everyone on board to state the number of fish he wants to keep or release so that we can know how to manage the quota of the day. I have also experienced days on board where every member of the crew wanted an absolute no-kill policy for fishing, much to their credit.
Regarding sea bass, we need to inject them differently. First you need to count to the fourth dorsal fin, go down perpendicularly until the lateral line, count another 6 scales below and then slide the needle under a scale so that you can inject it in straight. Remember to check that the needle is not clogged before injecting it (do a small test first… we love these little fishies!)
For fans of the motto “All fish caught must remain on board,” they will eventually need to start releasing fish back into the water. The sea should not be thought of as a space of total freedom where everyone can do what they want, the sea is not for everyone, it belongs to itself and we “earthlings” who are destructive par excellence to everything that surrounds us, must each respect the sea in our own small way…
.The sea bass can then be released back into the water in excellent condition and return to its old life with a lot of pleasure.
So, all this is to say that the needle syringe is an essential tool for the angler of today who fishes in deep water areas who is likely to catch fish whose quick ascension through the water and expansion of internal gases will probably prevent them from going back down without your help.
This module allows advanced sailors to manually control and adjust the weather file parameters in order to get more accurate results. It also introduces the variability notion, helping the skipper to identify the particular moments in the navigation where strategy choices are critical.
User Testimony of MaxSea Time Zero Explorer By Keith Johnson, Game Fisherman, Port Stephens
JN Taylor the Australian distributor for Furuno, Maxsea and other leading brands of marine electronics was once again in 2009 the major sponsor for the largest offshore game fishing tournament in the southern hemisphere – the 2009 NSW Riviera Interclub . The Interclub event runs over 10 days at the end of February each year and is as much a festival for life around the water as a fishing tournament. Hosted at the picturesque coastal holiday town of Port Stephens on the Central coast of New South Wales two hours drive North of Sydney, the local fishing grounds are world renowned for proving one of the most consistent fisheries for all species of Marlin. Continue reading →