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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...

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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...

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CAPT ERIC SORENSEN EXPLAINS THE FINER POINTS OF DEADRISE 

CAPT ERIC SORENSEN EXPLAINS THE FINER POINTS OF DEADRISE 

Qualified American captain Eric Sorensen explains the finer points of DEADRISE. There are several concepts that explain why some hulls ride better than others in rough seas. Deadrise is one of them. The more deadrise there is, the smoother the ride. It’s simple...

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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...

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THE COOTACRAFT STORY | HOW TIME FLIES

THE COOTACRAFT STORY | HOW TIME FLIES

Things are moving quickly down in Mallacoota. Mark The Russian has turned over his whole line-up in less than five years. His previous beastie — the Bad Boy — is now considered a “family boat” and his new plaything is capable of a lazy 84mph. Blink and you’ll miss it!...

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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....

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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...

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JOEL RYAN DISCOVERS RIPCHART HACKS USED BY THE PROS

JOEL RYAN DISCOVERS RIPCHART HACKS USED BY THE PROS

By now, you’re probably rocking RipCharts in your fishing arsenal. But it’s more than just a pretty picture of the water currents and temperature breaks. RipCharts guru Chris Fullilove lets me in on some handy hacks used by the pros. As he says, “To get the most out...

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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...

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