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AT THE HELM WITH PAUL ADAMS

AT THE HELM WITH PAUL ADAMS

Outgoing Stabicraft CEO Paul Adams reflects on his time steering the ship.  I never did it for the money, the accolades or team awards. I did it because I like to make stuff — just like all those craftsmen in the pages of The Captain. I’ve always had the ability to...
MATCHING THE HATCH WITH ROD FINDLAY

MATCHING THE HATCH WITH ROD FINDLAY

One of the most interesting things I find when talking to game fishermen after a day on the ocean is how some crews are ultra-observant compared to others trolling the same stretch of water. Good crews always note the type and size of bait they encounter, as well as...
MICK’S TIPS ON WHERE TO STICK OUR RODS

MICK’S TIPS ON WHERE TO STICK OUR RODS

Mick’s rod advice is based on a decade of repairing mistreated gear. He also stocks more than 400 of them at any one time on the shelves at Pickle’s Fishing in Eden. Oh, and he’s got about 100 of his own at home. So it’s fair to say he knows what he’s on about.  ...
JESSIE CRIPPS TIPS FOR TRAVELLING THE OCEANS

JESSIE CRIPPS TIPS FOR TRAVELLING THE OCEANS

After years of spearfishing our way around the world, we decided to buy a sailing catamaran. We wanted to take our home along for the ride. Ten years later, we moved aboard Popao, a 37ft (11.3m) Peter Snell catamaran, and since then we’ve spent a small fortune — and a...
SURTEES FACTORY IN NEW ZEALAND

SURTEES FACTORY IN NEW ZEALAND

The Captain crosses the ditch to check out the Surtees factory in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty and meet the legendary Neil “Surts” Surtees, the bloke who originally built the boat that was “built to fish”.     A bloke can’t have too many sheds. This is the...
FINAL TOUCHES ON THE 445F

FINAL TOUCHES ON THE 445F

It’s been 12 months since we last reported on the Nub Tub. Since then, Jack has put a sizable dent in the Long Reef kingfish population and Alli has been working on her long, sun-kissed locks. The salty duo even made it wide to the tuna grounds, but ended up drowned...
23′ SHARK CAT PROJECT BOAT

23′ SHARK CAT PROJECT BOAT

The Captain’s crew never planned on buying a Shark Cat. The next project boat was supposed to be a Flybridge in the 23ft–26ft range. But Jack made two mistakes. The first was leaving Trav in charge. The second was giving him a $40,000 budget to play with. Trav set out...