DEADLY OCEANS

DEADLY OCEANS

The world’s oceans are filled with an array of venomous and toxic marine critters, not to mention a whole host of apex carnivores. Join photographers Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown as they tour the world in search of the deadliest sea creatures. Extract taken from...
INSANE INSTALLS : MIKE BONNICI

INSANE INSTALLS : MIKE BONNICI

Mike Bonnici is a glazier by trade, but on weekends he cruises the high seas in pursuit of marlin, tuna and topwater kings. His saltwater sled is a Sea Devil 620 and its reputation is almost as lofty as Mike’s you’d be seriously hard-pressed to find a fisho in Sydney...
EYE-EYE CAPTAIN

EYE-EYE CAPTAIN

We’ve all got that mate. The one with the twin-rig boat who ties all his own wind-ons and rigs his own lures; the one who always seems to know where the fish are going to pop up, then catches and fillets them better than anyone else on the boat. Sean Foley ticks all...
DELIVERY DIARY

DELIVERY DIARY

If you were cruising the Pacific, you’d be mad not to pack a few rods, right? Ben Keys jumps aboard a plush yacht and proves you don’t need a game boat to catch marlin. You just need to sail over the top of them. On the day we hooked a 70kg blue marlin, we weren’t...
BOATS BUILT FOR BATTLE

BOATS BUILT FOR BATTLE

In their day, these belligerent battle boats ruled the waves. The Captain rates his top 10 warships.    1.BISMARCK   At 251m in length with a top speed over 30 knots the Bismarck was the largest and fastest battleship of its day, posing a massive threat to...
IRON MAN

IRON MAN

They’re old, slow, heavy andrequire constant tinkering to keep them ticking over. No, I’m not talking about the Captain’s Land Rover. These things make the Landy look like a lean-burn four-stroke. I’m talking about putt-putt marine engines.   These cast-iron,...
TOURNAMENT 2000 BLUEWATER

TOURNAMENT 2000 BLUEWATER

Snapper slayer Tony McLeod is contemplating his next 6m rig. A call from the captain to test a Tournament 2000 Bluewater came at just the right time.  CREW CALL Mick and I are your typical southern fishermen. We work in semi-important blue-collar jobs, drive Land...
STABICRAFT 2400

STABICRAFT 2400

The Captain storms Port Phillip Bay in a Stabicraft 2400 Supecab. The Target: King George Whiting. The rain was pissing down sideways, the wind was well over 20 knots and thick cloud cover cloaked the night sky. We were almost ready to call it quits, but then a rod...
BOTTOM BASHING

BOTTOM BASHING

The Captain’s “Seven Ways to Drop a Plop” guide – for when you’re far, far out at sea. You won’t read about this slippery subject in any coxswain course. Not even Al McGlashan has covered the “brown business” in any of his 736,586 useful fishing and boating articles....
THE HOLE TRUTH

THE HOLE TRUTH

The Captain’s crew takes two steps forward and 445 steps backward on project boat rebuild.    Nathan Laidlow, master craftsman at Boat Box, seen below chopping like an ’80s rock star, gave The Captain’s crew a crash course in filling and fairing holes left...
EXMOUTH WATERING ADVENTURE

EXMOUTH WATERING ADVENTURE

In the past five to 10 years, Australian saltwater fly fishing has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance. More and more, trout-only fly guys like me, as well as conventional anglers, are exploring the country’s many saltwater options. I was a slow starter in saltwater fly...
SEAFARER VAGABOND HISTORY

SEAFARER VAGABOND HISTORY

The Seafarer Vagabond 6.2 was launched in 1996 following the success of the twin-rigged Seafarer Victory 5.9 (in production 1992-97). The early 6.2m hulls were initially put out in a centre-console configuration and granted the tough-guy moniker Venom 6.2....
SEAFARER VAGABOND X-SERIES

SEAFARER VAGABOND X-SERIES

Six-metre twin outboard rigs are The Captain’s kryptonite. So when we heard Mark Stav from JV Marine had bought himself a Seafarer Vagabond with twin 140 Suzukis, we almost lost our superpowers. Bluefin tuna fishing was the goal – and The Captain’s crew tried various...
FREEDIVER VS FISHERMAN

FREEDIVER VS FISHERMAN

Ever wondered who would win if a fisherman took on a freediver in a battle of skill, strength and endurance? Well we did. So we hooked up Paul and battled it out. It all started over a beer with Paul Miller, The Captain’s spearo. Would an angler with rod and reel be...