DEEP HEAT

DEEP HEAT

The Captain dives below in a quest to discover all there is to know about the sneaky world of submarines.  A submarine, aka “sub”, is any naval vessel that can propel itself above and below the water. They had their first serious outing in naval warfare during WWI,...
SURFACE SLAYER

SURFACE SLAYER

Anyone can slide a pilchard onto a paternoster rig and pull hard on a snapper, but not many can lay claim to catching snapper on topwater stick baits. Mike Bonnici can. It’s time for The Captain’s crew to find out how this renowned surface slayer rolls. Yep, it’s time...
BAIT BALLIN’

BAIT BALLIN’

Discover the dirty little secrets of the South Coast bait ballers.  When he heard that Grant Shorland had put up Glenn McGrath-like figures of 16 from 21 in a single session off Mallacoota, The Captain was impressed — and more than a little intrigued. Determined to...
BRUCE ALMIGHTY

BRUCE ALMIGHTY

If John Haines Sr is the father of Australian monohulls then Bruce Harris surely owns the title for Australian Cats. What’s more, Bruce doesn’t owe anything to the Yank designers for his achievements — he did it all with good ol’ Aussie ingenuity, designing and...
GUAM’D & DANGEROUS

GUAM’D & DANGEROUS

Raf Vargas paddles the drop-offs around his island home of Guam, fishing to depths of 1500M. The day he captured a donkey dogtooth he become an instant yak god.      Guam, part of the Mariana Islands chain in the equatorial Pacific, is a top spot for kayak...
LOBSTER PAELLA

LOBSTER PAELLA

With lobbys fresh from King Island on the menu, we figured it was time for Miguel to pull one of our favourite salty recipes from his locker of watery wonder — his signature seafood paella. It’s a visual feast as well as a damn tasty one. And it’s perfect for cooking...
CEVICHE: CITRUS-CURED KINGFISH

CEVICHE: CITRUS-CURED KINGFISH

Kingfish are great to catch and awesome to eat. If you’re reading The Captain, you probably knew that. But did you know just how versatile kingfish flesh is? No, you didn’t. I reckon kingfish is the black angus of the ocean, full of Omega 3 fatty acids and ideal for...
LIFE’S A VEITCH!

LIFE’S A VEITCH!

The numbers on Roger Veitch’s new 27ft Hardtop are so sexy we had to check the specs twice – and when it pulled into port it proved an absolute face melter! What’s more, beneath that white gelcoat is a laminate that leaves most Australian boat...
WAYNE’S WORLD

WAYNE’S WORLD

Down the Great Ocean Road in South West Victoria, we discover one of the natural wonders of the Australian coastline. Nope, it’s not the 13th Apostle. It’s the legendary lobster lover Wayne Hanegraaf, who has steered boats around these ancient stones for more than 40...
TASSIE DEVILS

TASSIE DEVILS

Few places get The Captain’s juices flowing like the East Coast of Tasmania. It’s raw, rugged and bustling with big bluefin – usually.        As loyal Captain readers have pointed out, we’re not always the most reliable sailor on the...
THE GRADY BUNCH

THE GRADY BUNCH

When Dan Londero’s wife said, “Buy a bigger boat,” he went straight to the Grady-White showroom at Short Marine. Now he steers a sweet Marlin 300 with twin 300 HP Yammies and Furuno screens wrapped in a custom dash.      The Captain is...
5 COOL COVES OF SYDNEY

5 COOL COVES OF SYDNEY

Armed with a case of Budweiser, a mask and fins, a couple of fishing rods and a Grady-White Freedom 325, Alli Ficarra goes in search of Sydney’s coolest coves. Sydney Harbour is IMO the best waterway in the world. It takes a lot for me to say that. Ya see, I’m a...
PART 7) FITTIN’ THE FOURFIE

PART 7) FITTIN’ THE FOURFIE

The Nub-Tub is finally ready for the fit-out phase. We take her to the experts at Johnson Bros Marine who say, “We’ve never seen anyone want to fit this much shit to a 4.5m boat in our lives.” Trav and his cohort of contractors have slogged away on the base for three...
BRILLIANT TRAILERBOAT HACKS

BRILLIANT TRAILERBOAT HACKS

Joel Ryan brings big game-boat know-how to his Edencraft 6M Offshore. Here’s a typical game-fishing scenario. See on Facebook that the hot bite is on during the week. Chuck a sickie. Drive all night and get a flat tyre. Eat salt and vinegar chips for dinner before...
BOATS OF THE FUTURE

BOATS OF THE FUTURE

The Captain catches up with respected boat designer Paul Bury, the man behind the computer behind many of the boats you drool over at the ramp. WHO IS PAUL BURY? Paul is the principal of Bury Design and has worked in the industry for over 20 years. Before starting...
SON OF A GUN

SON OF A GUN

He’s got a job and lifestyle many young men dream about. He owns cool boats, cool trucks and drinks like a fish. He also happens to earn a living under the water, rather like a fish. But he assures The Captain it’s seriously hard work (the drinking, that is). Grant...
THE ABALONE FACTS

THE ABALONE FACTS

They’re the bigfoot of the ocean floor. The humble abalone (Haliotis) is a marine snail — or more precisely a univalve mollusc with a flat, smooth, pale, oval shell, containing a large muscular “foot” with a frill or lip. This rounded foot is very large in...
THE ABALONE MEN OF MALLACOOTA

THE ABALONE MEN OF MALLACOOTA

Abalone — most people wouldn’t know what it was if they stubbed their toe on it at the beach. Underneath an iridescent mother-of-pearl shell is a muscly piece of meat about the size of a teenager’s fist. This magnificent mollusc is so prized in Asia that most of these...
ROASTED OCTOPUS- PULPO AL HORNO

ROASTED OCTOPUS- PULPO AL HORNO

It’s smarter and more romantic than your average sea monster, with nine (count ‘em) brains and three hearts. No, we’re not talking about Miguel, we’re talking about octopus. Ingredients -1.5kg large Fremantle octopus -4 bay leaves -1 ó tablespoons spicy paprika -1L...
NO BUDGIES FOR THIS SMUGGLER

NO BUDGIES FOR THIS SMUGGLER

Not so long ago, a boat builder of repute reached out to The Captain, saying,  “If you blokes come across a good performing hull, between 20ft and 23ft long, give me a call. I want to replicate something with a sweet, soft ride, big internal capacity and...
THIS KNOT IS  F**KING GOOD

THIS KNOT IS F**KING GOOD

The knot that dare not speak its name — at least not when the missus and kids are around — is naturally Justin Duggan’s favourite.  There are a many game-changing moments in fishing. In the modern era, graphite rods have revolutionised casting and sensitivity. Braided...
FOLLOW THE LEADER

FOLLOW THE LEADER

The leader man must grab the trace. Will the fish come in easy or go ballistic? You can never tell. Lord of the lures Peter Pakula details the dos and don’ts of tracing. The angler and skipper have done their job by getting the leader within reach of the crew. Now for...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SAILFISH

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SAILFISH

Sailfish Catamarans are in birthday mode, celebrating 25 years of building the aluminium twin-hull champions that do the business for Aussie sportsfishers, divers and pleasure boaties. To mark that quarter century, and more than 440 vessels through the door, Sailfish...
IN HOT PURSUIT

IN HOT PURSUIT

US MANUFACTURER PURSUIT BOATS INVADES THE SOUTH PACIFIC. Anyone with a bit of salt water in their blood knows that Pursuit Boats turn out some of the classiest luxury fishing vessels currently making a splash. Based in Fort Pierce, Florida, Pursuit’s award-winning...
ROLLING BY THE RIVER

ROLLING BY THE RIVER

The dreaded trailer failure can mess up your fishing trip and-much, much worse- your boat. Yet such a devastating towing trauma can be prevented with just a little forethought. Roll with me on this one… ROLLIN’ BY THE RIVER It’s a dark, moonless night and you’re...
THE BEER REPORT

THE BEER REPORT

Fishing is damn thirsty work. Slaving away in the sun, hauling massive sea creatures over the side, surrounded by salt water. By the time you winch that boat back up the ramp you’re parched as, bro. Fluids must be maintained. It’s time to have a beer or two. Whether...
LOOK SHARP

LOOK SHARP

Staying sharp on the boat and in the galley means any seadog worth his (or her) salt should pack a practical blade There’s no argument that lifejackets save lives. But who’s heard an Old Salt’s advice that a sharp knife is a sailor’s best friend? Captain Blackbeard...

10 WAYS TO JUSTIFY A NEW BOAT TO THE MISSUS…

You need a new boat more than world peace — but not at the cost of war breaking out on the domestic front. Never fear the Captain is here… ATTENTION DADS: So you want a new 20ft (6m) fishing rig, but the missus says no. There are only two options: a. Divorce, or...
BLACK RUSSIAN

BLACK RUSSIAN

The Captain gets an invite into the Cootacraft factory in Mallacoota, Victoria. It comes directly from the owner/builder known as Mark ” The mad Russian”. He’s also a hunter and expert marksman. What could possibly go wrong?  The name Cootacraft...