SALTY SAYINGS

SALTY SAYINGS

Many words and phrases of seafaring origin have weaseled their way into regular English usage. The Captain — often a bit of a “loose cannon” when he’s “three sheets to the wind” — shares a dozen of his favourite nautical crossovers.  01. LOOSE CANNON In today’s...
HUNTING GIANTS ABOARD AN O’BRIEN 43

HUNTING GIANTS ABOARD AN O’BRIEN 43

The Captain’s crew head back to the Great Barrier Reef with a new mission: to catch the first giant black marlin of the 2018 season. We’re aboard Hellraiser II and equipped with a new special weapon. This is one of the first game boats to be fitted with a thru-hull...
THE BIG CHILL

THE BIG CHILL

Are iceboxes all they’re cut out to be? To find out, we kicked them out of the ute and them through their paces.    We’re simple men with simple needs. There are fish in the ocean, we catch the fish. Warm fish makes us crook, we keep the fish cold....
FORMULA 233 REBUILD

FORMULA 233 REBUILD

Darren Brown has Formula fever. He’s on his fourth 233 rebuild and reckons the latest is his best yet. That’s enough for the Captain, who heads up to Gladstone to check it out.  We meet Darren at a well worn ramp at Gladstone in mid-north Queensland. It’s...
THE RED BARON | SUCCESSFULLY SPEARING SNAPPER

THE RED BARON | SUCCESSFULLY SPEARING SNAPPER

Successfully spearing a snapper requires a combination of strategy, patience and time in the water. Even with everything in your favour, there’s no guarantee you’ll nail one. Gun spearo Luke Potts puts the odds back in your favour with these hard-won...
MINI FLYBRIDGE CRUISER

MINI FLYBRIDGE CRUISER

Julian McGarry couldn’t afford to buy a flybridge cruiser, so he built his own mini version.   When Julian McGarry’s mate sold his flybridge cruiser, Julian lost his regular ride. Heartbroken, he couldn’t see the value in owning his own moored boat, so he took...
10 PLACES TO FLY (FISH) BEFORE YOU DIE

10 PLACES TO FLY (FISH) BEFORE YOU DIE

I’ve always been a frequent flyer. Working for a large multinational company, I’ve made the most of every opportunity by tagging a fly-fishing trip on the end of every business trip. I’ve fly fished 25 countries in less than five years. Not every trip was a...
SEAKEEPER 2 GYRO FITTED TO SIGNATURE 788SF

SEAKEEPER 2 GYRO FITTED TO SIGNATURE 788SF

The Captain’s crew hitches a ride on a slick Haines 788SF fitted with a Seakeeper 2 gyro stabiliser. It’s the coolest technology to hit the trailer boat market since 12-volt pie warmers.  Trailer boat owners prone to seasickness can finally rejoice because...
LOBBY LEGEND

LOBBY LEGEND

This Hawkesbury River legend has been snaring crustaceans for more than 50 years — but he isn’t ready to hang up his crayfish pots any time soon. Keith Sewell can pilot his 115HP Yamaha powered tinnie at more than 30 knots, steering with the tiller between his legs...
EPIC SWORDFISH BATTLES IN BASS STRAIT

EPIC SWORDFISH BATTLES IN BASS STRAIT

The Captain’s crew are on the hunt for the enigmatic swordfish — charging out past the fire-breathing oil rigs of Bass Strait aboard a Bass Strait Offshore 30, which has a certain synchronicity to it if you give a rat’s about such things. This rig has a huge...
PART 5) THE NUB TUB GETS A NEW FLOOR

PART 5) THE NUB TUB GETS A NEW FLOOR

The Nub Tub gets a flash new glass-encrusted Thermo-Lite floor.  The Captain has a declaration to make to all future Whitepointer owners. The 445F project boat known as Nub Tub , sitting in the Whitepointer factory in Cann River among the eucalypts is not the reason...
MARKER’S MARK: EDENCRAFT

MARKER’S MARK: EDENCRAFT

    There’s been a fair bit going on at Edencraft — what’s the drum, Josie? Well, we moved to Moolap, Victoria, a little over 12 months ago. The new 2ha property is divided into four workspaces — the office, the lay-up shed/moulding shop, the joining shed...
GO PRO BRO! EXPERT PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

GO PRO BRO! EXPERT PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

Hopefully by now, you’ve figured out the basics of photographing a fish. Keep the eye in focus, use the rule of thirds, don’t cut off the angler’s head and use the available light to your advantage. Got it? Good. Now it’s time to go expert. Time to tell a real story....
FULL METAL JACKET

FULL METAL JACKET

Dan Brauman has been a soldier with the Australian Defence Force for the past 20 years. When he’s not running sorties to Timor, he’s skippering his Sailfish S8 with his crew, aka the Cuzzy Bros. We infiltrated Dan’s posse at Port Fairy, three hours out of Melbourne on...
DONKEY KING

DONKEY KING

Big kings are the hoodlums of the sea – and a prized catch on spear. Here are a few spearfishing tips Kiwi Luke Potts has learned while hunting them in Australian and New Zealand waters. Most beginner spearos swim directly at big kings then take a pot shot. That’s...