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HIGHFIELD 760 PATROL

HIGHFIELD 760 PATROL

You may have noticed a few RIBs in The Captain lately. They definitely have their place in the boating order of things. People might think of them as just tender boats, but they dominate when it comes to diving, spearfishing and, er, hooning around. But do they pass...
MCLAY 701 GEN2 CRUISER

MCLAY 701 GEN2 CRUISER

Unlike the tree-felling Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Dave Mifsud hasn’t lost his heart. As The Captain discovers, he’s still got plenty left. We hook up with him in the fishing town of Eden on the NSW South Coast. He’s brought his brother, Joe and wife, Helen, as well...
CULVER’S TRAVELS IN A STABICRAFT 2250

CULVER’S TRAVELS IN A STABICRAFT 2250

The Captain has been trying to hitch a ride on Jamie Culver’s rugged Stabicraft 2250 for some time. Recently, the stars aligned and The Captain’s crew headed north to investigate the fishing out of Port Stephens, NSW.     For those in on the secret, Port...
JOSHUA HUTCHINS AND THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

JOSHUA HUTCHINS AND THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

Many destinations have been tagged the “End of the Earth”. Australia was even in that basket several hundred years ago. But Joshua Hutchins reckons unless it requires four flights, a boat trip and a hike, it doesn’t even make the cut.     A few years ago, I...
FISH ‘N’ CHICKS – PART 2

FISH ‘N’ CHICKS – PART 2

In the last issue of The Captain, we proudly featured six awesome women who knew their way around the pointy end of a spear. But The Captain always had a lot more to say about the joys of women who can fish. In Part 2 of our Fish ‘n’ Chicks package, we encounter seven...
SIX WORKSHOP TOOLS YOU MUST HAVE

SIX WORKSHOP TOOLS YOU MUST HAVE

Outboards are tricky bastards at the best of times, so Stuart Buckingham from Outboard Spares reckons you’d best get smart about gearing up. They say a bad tradesman always blames his tools. However, you can only blame yourself if you don’t have the right tools. Here...
JESSIE CRIPPS SPEARING TIPS

JESSIE CRIPPS SPEARING TIPS

Whether you’re new to spearfishing or a seasoned veteran, chasing new fish in new locations brings an entirely new set of challenges. From bream to dogtooth tuna, each species has unique behaviours you can exploit to become a better hunter. Here are a few tips for...
THE ART OF DECEPTION

THE ART OF DECEPTION

Mick from Pickles Fishing & Outdoors tackle store in Eden shares a few fishing trick shots. 01 LUNKERHUNT PHANTOM SPIDER This one isn’t just useful for scaring your annoying sister. It’s also handy for deceiving bass, cod and saratoga — basically anything that...
OLD-SCHOOL CARIBBEAN REBUILD

OLD-SCHOOL CARIBBEAN REBUILD

Lack of experience or budget didn’t slow the Palumbo brothers down. After three years, their Invader is finally finished and the boys are already ankle-deep in fish blood and cray legs.     How’s life on the WA coast? We’re only 5km from the coast and it’s a...
REGULATOR 34SS AND HATTERAS 68

REGULATOR 34SS AND HATTERAS 68

Will Reynolds is only 15, but the lucky bugger already rocks his father’s Regulator 34SS. Meanwhile, his developer dad is co-owner of a Hatteras 68. This father-and-son team are running dream machines and The Captain has been given the green light to take both for a...
BYRON’S BERTRAM 25 REBUILD

BYRON’S BERTRAM 25 REBUILD

The Captain plunges bravely into the fibreglass dust storm to get the drum on this superbly reconfigured Bertram 25.     Most blokes toil away on tinnies and 15ft CrapCrafts before laying tools on their first big project, but — amazingly — this beaut Berty...
SOUTHERN SESSIONS IN A NEW STABICRAFT 2250

SOUTHERN SESSIONS IN A NEW STABICRAFT 2250

Neither smoke nor flame can stop The Captain heading south on the deadly hume with the promise of a ride in the first Stabicraft 2250 Ultra Centrecab in the country — and the smell of free fishing gear in his nostrils. The Captain’s phone lit up at much the same time...
VEITCH FOR VICTORY

VEITCH FOR VICTORY

Veitch Boats has all the hallmarks of boat-building success. A steady stream of boats is rolling out the door, with a nine-month waiting list. The factory floor is full of bustling builders and apprentices, smart investors with expansion plans, plus a growing list of...
ROD FINDLAY’S TOP TUNA TIPS

ROD FINDLAY’S TOP TUNA TIPS

Rod Findlay offers some top tuna tips to keep that sashimi train chugging. The tuna fishing on the east coast of NSW has been exceptional this year. In saying that, these fish aren’t off every port at the same time. They roll through on temperature breaks and slow...
MIGUEL’S RED EMPEROR FISH TACOS

MIGUEL’S RED EMPEROR FISH TACOS

Now that you’ve mastered the art of red emperor fishing with the Bats boys, it’s time to turn the flesh into a feast. This crackin’ recipe from Miguel has a distinctly Spanish flavour. It will definitely require an Estrella to cool your taste buds after washing down...
GRANT SHORLAND ESCAPES THE FLAMES

GRANT SHORLAND ESCAPES THE FLAMES

Locals and tourists take to the water to escape the flames. Grant Shorland was one of them. When the shit hit the fan during the holiday season of 2019–20, it wasn’t just the CFA in fire trucks that saved the day. There were blokes in boats, in all shapes and sizes,...
MICK’S OLD SCHOOL COMMERCIAL TIPS

MICK’S OLD SCHOOL COMMERCIAL TIPS

Mick from Pickles Fishing & Outdoors tackle store in Eden shares some old-school commercial tips. THE GLITTER BAIT I have to admit it, I love glitter. But it’s got nothing to do with the recent Mardi Gras in Sydney. No, it’s part of my game-fishing arsenal and I...
UPGRADED – STABICRAFT 1450

UPGRADED – STABICRAFT 1450

One of our favourite pocket rockets, the Stabicraft 1410 has been beefed up. It’s now called the 1450, and the boys from Invercargill reckon it’s the most well-appointed sub-5m boat in its class. The new version is longer, wider and more solid than the previous model....
TOW TUG-OFF

TOW TUG-OFF

It’s big, brash and you can hear it coming a mile away. No, it’s not Grant Shorland. It’s The Captain’s Ram 1500 vs Ram 2500 vs Ram 3500 vs Cruiser shootout. ASKING “FOR A FRIEND” I’ve got a 23ft offshore fishing weapon with twin ponies, four Simrad displays, eight...
FURY CUSTOM BOATS

FURY CUSTOM BOATS

Finally, a bowrider you’ll be proud to skipper on gamefishing operations with the boys. When the tuna blood is washed off the self-draining decks, you and your favourite deckie could be loving life aboard the smart and stylish Fury Dual Console. This svelte 28-footer...
BUSTING BASS IN AMERICA ABOARD A STABICRAFT

BUSTING BASS IN AMERICA ABOARD A STABICRAFT

What are a couple of Aussies doing in Arizona in the American Southwest talking to a former South African about a Kiwi boat and bass baiting? When the word came through from Stabicraft HQ that a 1550 fisher had been spotted in the middle of the desert, The Captain was...
BIG BORE BLACK WATCH REBUILD

BIG BORE BLACK WATCH REBUILD

Just like The Captain, the owner of this Black Watch 31 forked out good money for a lemon. But just like The Captain – and with a little help from Matt Inman at R&M Marine – Now he couldn’t be happier.     Every big boat that sails...
SHE’LL BE RIGHT WITH JUSTIN DUGGAN

SHE’LL BE RIGHT WITH JUSTIN DUGGAN

We’ve all said to ourselves, “she’ll be right mate” when it comes to an aspect of our fishing or boating equipment. It might be a little scuff in your leader, a slight grinding sound in the bait-caster or perhaps some green corrosion on a battery terminal. It might be...
NAIAD BOATS BY KIRBY MARINE

NAIAD BOATS BY KIRBY MARINE

Naiad boats are the playthings of billionaire sheiks and sultans, and workhorses for the likes of the Tactical Response Group and remote wilderness tour operators. None of these are the kind of customers you want a call from in the dark of night saying something on...