STABICRAFT 2750

STABICRAFT 2750

The Captain tackles northern NSW in one of the first Stabicraft 2750 centrecabs to hit Aussie shores.    Stabicraft recently put together a fully decked-out, custom 2750 Centrecab for gun Kiwi fisherman Matt Watson – you know, the crazy bloke that catches marlin...
MORNINGTIDE FISHING

MORNINGTIDE FISHING

The Captain goes rock hopping with Adam Cabangh from Morningtide fishing.  The Captain: Fellas, we love your rock-hopping form. But seriously, can’t you even afford a little tinnie – or do you all get seasick? Adam Cavanagh: Ha ha, nice one. Well, you could hook us up...
INSANE INSTALLS

INSANE INSTALLS

In this installment of Insane Installs, we caress the helm of Jason Wilhelm’s Edgewater 245CC and pop our eyeballs on his insane Simrad fit-out. And it would be rude not to have a crack at a blue marlin while we’re at it. Back in the day, Jason Wilhelm was a renowned...
CRAPPY CAPTAINS

CRAPPY CAPTAINS

You wouldn’t leave them in charge of a barge. Full-steam ahead with eyes closed, what could possibly go wrong? These just might be the world’s worst ever sea captains. Captain William Bligh No contest, top of the list yet such a confusion of a man – so competent in...
IF THE SHOE FITS

IF THE SHOE FITS

The Captain’s step-by-step guide to finding your perfect boat, one you can just slide on like an old Sea boot and it feels like you’ve worn it forever. Buying a boat is like buying a new pair of shoes. There are thousands of brands, shapes, sizes and colours to choose...
Haines Hunter V19 CC

Haines Hunter V19 CC

The Captain jumps aboard the toughest, meanest V19 he’s ever seen. The Captain has skippered everything from a 3.8m Polycraft to a 50ft flybridge, and has come to the conclusion that his ideal all-purpose rig is around the 19ft mark, or just shy of 6m....

THE UNOFFICIAL BOAT BUILDERS’ SURVEY

Dear Boat Builder, Put that chopper gun or TIG welder down. This is serious business – it’s The Captain’s first (un)official Boat Builders’ Survey. The Captain trusts you will promptly divulge all company secrets. So c’mon guys, what have you got to lose? The...
SCIENCE UNDER THE SOUTHERN SEA

SCIENCE UNDER THE SOUTHERN SEA

Science under the Southern Sea Deakin University marine biologist Associate Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou – aka “the fish hypnotist” – spends a lot of time on, in and under the sea. He and his team of sea scientists have been putting together 3-D maps and video of the...
SEA CRUISERS IN THE SOUTH WEST

SEA CRUISERS IN THE SOUTH WEST

Other boat brands couldn’t bear the brunt of Bass Strait, so Ed Richardson built his own battle-ready Sea Cruisers. The Captain has become well acquainted with Bass Strait’s rolling seas and windswept coastline. He’s clocked up countless hours and servo sangas...
SCOTTY GRAY’S SOUTHERN SPECIES HIT LIST

SCOTTY GRAY’S SOUTHERN SPECIES HIT LIST

The South-West Victorian coastline, aka the Shipwreck Coast, is home to a diverse range of habitats, which provide a plethora of fishing opportunities. This unforgiving coastline is renowned for being wild and rugged. During winter, icy gale-force winds manage to...
TRAILER BOAT TACTICS WITH PETER PAKULA

TRAILER BOAT TACTICS WITH PETER PAKULA

Handling your trailer boat when you’re hooked up to a gamefish is like getting jiggy with it – get too flustered and excited and it’ll be over in a flash! Be calm and composed, and you’ll get the job done. You’ve finally hooked a marlin in your trailer boat and the...
WEATHER OR NOT TO GO FISHING

WEATHER OR NOT TO GO FISHING

Every bit of weather information you gain is a step closer to fishing and boating Valhalla. OK, so most of us have heard the old saying, “Wind from the north fish from the wharf, wind from the east fish bite least, wind from the south fish close their mouth and wind...
POINT & SHOOT PROS

POINT & SHOOT PROS

When Adam Krajc pulls the trigger on his Cootacraft Gun Shot he’s pretty confident of hitting the target. Adam Krajc fits the description of most Cootacraft owners. He works hard, plays hard and shoots straight. His day job is building houses around Sydney, but on...
FEEL THE PULSE

FEEL THE PULSE

The Captain puts prehistoric prejudices aside to check out the high-tech wonder that is the Whittley Pulse digital wizardry. The Whittley SL22 is one of The Captain’s favourite boats. They’re a bit of an offshore sleeper with 23 degrees at the bum, fine entry point...
Yamaha F90

Yamaha F90

“The F90 gripped like a Remora on a Marlin, even trimmed out.” Yamaha recently invited The Captain’s crew to Couran Cove, near the Gold Coast, to catch up over a rum and test drive their brand-spanking-new F90. Although the responsible chaps at Yammie wouldn’t hand us...