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THE CAPTAIN’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO BOAT RAMPS

THE CAPTAIN’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO BOAT RAMPS

Boat ramps come in all different shapes and sizes — big ones, small ones, long ones, skinny ones. Some are nothing more than a nondescript strip leading onto a deserted sandy beach and others are like busy concrete highways. No matter the ramp, they all come with...
HAINES HUNTER V17 IN FAR EAST GIPPSLAND

HAINES HUNTER V17 IN FAR EAST GIPPSLAND

It might be his Italian background, or maybe it’s because he grew up in a remote coastal town like Marlo. Kyle Dicecco has a unique ability to make the simple look beautiful. While most of us are striving to strip back the layers, he’s already camped there. Need a...
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
WHITTLEY 2380

WHITTLEY 2380

Junior Captains Abbey and William jump on the latest Whittley 2380 to show how to have the ultimate family camping trip under the stars.     When Dad pulls into the driveway with the latest Whittley, nobody is happier than us. We’re always invited on...
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...
GUERRILLA SEAFARE

GUERRILLA SEAFARE

Ed Richardson and his crack crew storm the remote beaches of King Island, Tasmania, stopping only to snaffle some giant crays. Ed Richardson has been threatening to take us to King Island for a while now. We would’ve got there sooner, except the damn Southern Ocean...
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...
HUNTING GIANTS ABOARD AN O’BRIEN 43

HUNTING GIANTS ABOARD AN O’BRIEN 43

The Captain’s crew head back to the Great Barrier Reef with a new mission: to catch the first giant black marlin of the 2018 season. We’re aboard Hellraiser II and equipped with a new special weapon. This is one of the first game boats to be fitted with a thru-hull...