JET PILOT

JET PILOT

Ben Bylett is an adrenaline junkie who loves adventure and fishing. The only logical decision was to buy a Yamaha jet ski and customise it into a fishing machine.   I love the feeling of adventure. I’m always telling people that getting there is half the fun. I...
10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT TONGA

10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT TONGA

The Captain’s crayfish wrangler Paul Miller, recently returned from Tonga. He found a cave where he reckons old free divers go to die (or, at least, he wants to). Paul shares the 10 best things he found on his trip.   LIFE’S SIMPLE PLEASURES  Tonga reminds you...
SQUID INC.

SQUID INC.

Damian ‘Dooma’ Oswald is never far from the water. He works in surf and diving camps in Micronesia – and as a deckie on big game-fishing boats around the world. At the end of the day, when other deckies are cleaning the fish, you’ll find Dooma laying the catch down on...
SNAPPER SLEEPOVER

SNAPPER SLEEPOVER

The Captain’s crew explore their softer side aboard the new Whittley FF2100, but the leisurely Sunday sail is rudely interrupted by a school of marauding snapper.   It’s late afternoon in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. Snapper season is just kicking into gear...
BLAST FROM THE PAST

BLAST FROM THE PAST

“Tubbs 1 is a tribute to the craftsmen of the time” 60 years ago, most Australian boats were built of bond-wood, just like this gorgeous old Whittley 5.4, called Tubbs 1. The lines are stunning and the timberwork is soft and warm. As we discovered, it’s also...
CIGARETTE ADDICTION 

CIGARETTE ADDICTION 

The 233 Formula is a blue-water brumby with panache. The Captain takes a ride in the hull that has become a cult hero on the fishing grounds.   There is no boat more majestic than a Formula 233 thundering to the fishing grounds. Behind the wall of white water...
MAD MEN OF THE SEA

MAD MEN OF THE SEA

The Mad Hueys have a cult-like following with a massive social media audience, their own beer label and burgeoning clothing range. The Gold Coast madmen’s stunts include jumping in shark-infested water with birdcages on their heads and drinking beer underwater....
WHICH FISHERMAN ARE YOU?

WHICH FISHERMAN ARE YOU?

There’s plenty of fishing tribes out there. The Captain has even dipped in and out of a few. Do they remind you  of anyone?   THE TRADIE  The Tradie never buys new boats, all because he can make his 37-year-old Haines go faster than a 300hp jet boat with...
HOW’S YOUR CAST?

HOW’S YOUR CAST?

Casting a light-spinning outfit might seem simple, but here are a few easy-to-master tips from Justin Duggan that will improve your distance and accuracy. Hand the average person a spinning outfit and they usually have a vague idea of what to do with it. Hell, they...
GAMEFISH YOGA

GAMEFISH YOGA

Joel Ryan shows THE CAPTAIN how an open mind and flexible plan can improve your chances of landing on the fish. Public holiday. Tick. Brilliant weather forecast. Tick. Tuna biting. Tick Our plan is perfect. Except for one thing. The tuna are biting all along the...
SURF OR FISH?

SURF OR FISH?

Has fishing become the new surfing? Captain Blackbeard ponders while stroking his lush facial woodland. “Not everyone can surf but anyone can fish”   Only a fisherman knows the feeling: man against the elements and creatures of the deep; the anticipation and the...
BUSTING BLUEFIN

BUSTING BLUEFIN

Peter Pakula discusses how important hook size is, when gearing up to tackle barrel-sized bluefin. This year, in south-western Victoria, we had one of the best, if not the best runs of big southern bluefin tuna ever. Lots of fish were caught, lots more were dropped....
ANGLAPRO 484 PRO

ANGLAPRO 484 PRO

The new Anglapro Sniper 484 PRO is a highly versatile weapon. Snipers are known for their ability to hit a target, their precision, their stealth and their ability to apply their skills to any environment. That’s what the team at Anglapro have channelled with the...
WHITTLEY CR2180

WHITTLEY CR2180

“It’s basically a high-speed fish-processing plant” Cruising boats are slow, wallowing things that take an eternity to pass by, right? Someone forgot to tell the Whittley team. The Captain just went for a spin and we still can’t find our hat. Whittley’s latest...
STRUCTURESCAN 3D

STRUCTURESCAN 3D

The Captain has only ever used a paper sounder. So it came as a surprise that the new StructureScan 3D was able to show him a three-dimensional underwater view of the ocean floor – mind blown. For as long as I can remember, anytime I’ve taken a non-boatie friend out...