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BROCK AND CO. HEAD UP THE MID NORTH COAST

BROCK AND CO. HEAD UP THE MID NORTH COAST

Brock Harmer is a former bream fisherman, but don’t hold that against him. He and his son Braxy patrol the high seas in their tricked-out Sea Fox 236. Equipped with enough fishing tackle to sink a small tinny, we head up the Mid North Coast to do battle with...
BOATING SAFETY TIPS WITH ROD FINDLAY

BOATING SAFETY TIPS WITH ROD FINDLAY

Maybe it’s a sign I’m getting older and more cautious in my late 30s. Maybe this thought process got triggered when I sat through months of courses doing my commercial skipper’s ticket. We talked about the possibilities for boat failure at sea — and how best to...
SEA LIFE WITH RICHARD FREEMAN

SEA LIFE WITH RICHARD FREEMAN

Richard Freeman has been a professional solo fisherman for more than 40 years. Spending so much time on the water in his trusty Shark Cat, his usual companions are dolphins, sharks and seabirds. Richard shares a few stories about his salty friends. The Portuguese Man...
THE CAPTAIN’S NOTABLE LIGHTHOUSES

THE CAPTAIN’S NOTABLE LIGHTHOUSES

Nothing screams “phallic symbol” louder than a lighthouse — OK, except, perhaps for a rocket. But lighthouses are more than just an opportunity for scenic dick pics and Instagram innuendo. For centuries, they have helped seafarers stay suitably separated from the sea....
MIGUEL MAESTRE’S TOSSED BARRA

MIGUEL MAESTRE’S TOSSED BARRA

On a recent trip to the Humpy Doo Barramundi Farm in Darwin, Miguel donned a cricket helmet and snagged a barra with his own two hands. The decision went to the third umpire, but alas, the barra was declared out and sent to the hotplate to be served alongside a cherry...
MICK MASHADO TALKS REC AND COMMERCIAL FISHOS

MICK MASHADO TALKS REC AND COMMERCIAL FISHOS

Mick says recreational and commercial fishos should work together for the good of the resource Rec and commercial fishos have had a George and Mildred kind of relationship — like a constantly-sparring married couple. There’s been friction on and off the water, with...
PART II – 23′ SHARK CAT PROJECT BOAT

PART II – 23′ SHARK CAT PROJECT BOAT

Now that the Shark Cat was firmly in the clutches of The Captain’s crew, it was time for Trav to do a thorough inspection. No worries. He’d learned his lesson with the Nub Tub — or had he? There was no doubt there’d been a fresh floor laid down on Julie-Anne, but the...
THE CAPTAIN’S 21 FAVOURITE DESTINATIONS

THE CAPTAIN’S 21 FAVOURITE DESTINATIONS

The breeze has pushed The Captain’s sails to many weird and wonderful destinations. Here are 21 of our favourites, in no particular order. Captain’s note: these are just the places we’ve been to. We know there are plenty more out there and look forward to your...
THE CAPTAIN’S 21 FAVOURITE BOATS

THE CAPTAIN’S 21 FAVOURITE BOATS

There have been some epic rides and awesome destinations. Here we list 21 of them. There have also been many highs and a few lows. So, grab the popcorn and take a tour through The Captain’s memoirs.     Picking favourite boats is like picking your favourite...
BACK TO BASICS WITH ROD FINDLAY

BACK TO BASICS WITH ROD FINDLAY

Rod Findlay goes back to basics to explain how to get from A to B on the water.  The radio was alive with reports of action, but it didn’t take long to realise the weekend warriors were out in full swing, “Can I have those numbers again, mate? I have them all bar the...
JIGGING NINJAS VS BAIT FISHERMAN

JIGGING NINJAS VS BAIT FISHERMAN

There are a few things that divide fishermen — alloy vs glass, freshwater vs saltwater, catch vs release. But one hot-button issue of late has been bait vs lures. The Captain heads down the NSW South Coast to establish once and for all which technique is boss.  ...
BEC AND TIM’S SWEET 2100 STABICRAFT

BEC AND TIM’S SWEET 2100 STABICRAFT

With The Captain celebrating his 21st birthday (21 issues released). We thought it’d only be fitting to jump aboard a 2100 Supercab. We head to Jervis Bay to catch up with the Smith Family, who live a nomadic fishing lifestyle – with a tricked out rig. ...
CLASSIC EDENCRAFT 565

CLASSIC EDENCRAFT 565

The two 565 hulls sitting side by side have caught the attention of Eden local — and father of Edencraft — Ron Doyle. The Captain’s crew gets wind that Ron’s on location, and before long he’s looking down the lens of a large video camera answering questions.  ...
NEW EDENCRAFT 565

NEW EDENCRAFT 565

The Edencraft crew have brought the classic 565 originally developed by John Haines Sr back to life. Naturally, The Captain has scored the first ride in Aussie waters and has brought his checklist to Eden (where else?) on the NSW South Coast. Our salty inspection crew...
TASSIE TO THE TIP

TASSIE TO THE TIP

Joshua Hutchins fills up his Toyota Prado and says bon voyage to the family before heading off on an epic adventure from Tassie to the top of Cape York.     When I first hatched the plan of a road trip along the east coast of Australia, travelling from...
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...