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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....
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...
FRASER ISLAND PWC

FRASER ISLAND PWC

Chasing black marlin off the coast of Fraser Island on his trusty Yamaha Waverunner by day and night dodging dingoes and marauding mozzies by night, Ben Bylett discovered the blokes from Fishski Australia were even crazier fishos than him.   When I tell people I fish...
TRAILER BOAT TACTICS WITH PETER PAKULA

TRAILER BOAT TACTICS WITH PETER PAKULA

Handling your trailer boat when you’re hooked up to a gamefish is like getting jiggy with it – get too flustered and excited and it’ll be over in a flash! Be calm and composed, and you’ll get the job done. You’ve finally hooked a marlin in your trailer boat and the...
ISLAND POPPING

ISLAND POPPING

The Captain’s crew head north, to the warm waters of the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef. They hunt game fish amidst incredible scenic beauty – and become stranded in a millionaires’ playground.     The water transformed from an olive green to a deep...
STERN-BURNIN’ BEASTIE

STERN-BURNIN’ BEASTIE

The Whittley SL22 isn’t usually considered an offshore weapon, but if it dumped the rear-facing seats and glassed a wave-breaker on, it damn well would be.     Alan Whittley, heir to the Whittley throne, rang and told us he had a Whittley ready for a fishing...
MARLIN MOJO

MARLIN MOJO

The Captain’s 10 Golden Rules for hooking more marlin. Jeez, I wish someone told us a bit earlier – like 10,000 litres of fuel earlier!   The Captain knows a fisherman who hooked (and lost) nine marlin before finally landing one. Such is the fighting prowess of...
FRENCH CONNECTION

FRENCH CONNECTION

  The Captain flexes the fibers of a family fisher, taking an Arvor 675 Sportsfish to the end of the earth in search of game-fishing gold.   With nothing but the dull glow of the anchor light to guide us, we pushed on into the black nothingness. Our...
NUCLEAR FALL OUT BOYS

NUCLEAR FALL OUT BOYS

Word and images Luke Ryan   Two mates, 12 days and some of WA’s most remote islands and reefs. But would there be any fish?   The West Australian coastline offers not only some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, but also the best sport fishing;...
SOUNDER HOUNDS: ROD FINDLAY

SOUNDER HOUNDS: ROD FINDLAY

ROD FINDLAY, SUTHERLAND SHIRE, NSW   STYLE: Definitely bluewater – from kings to tuna and switch-baiting marlin – I’ve been a member of Broken Bay gamefishing club since I was seven!     BOAT: We run two. The first is Murrifin, a custom 39ft...
SOUNDER HOUNDS: NATHAN BAJADA

SOUNDER HOUNDS: NATHAN BAJADA

NATHAN BAJADA, CENTRAL COAST, NSW STYLE: I’m mad-keen on game-fishing with my wife, Amanda, and daughter, Chloe. Don’t be fooled, they’re a formidable crew! We also dabble on the snapper and kingfish grounds, and don’t mind a deep drop from time to time. The wife...
THE SUBLIME SEAFOX VIPER 220

THE SUBLIME SEAFOX VIPER 220

The Seafox left the other boats in its wake; on the water- and on the fishing scoreboard    A snotty 25-knot wind blew straight into Urangan Harbour, on the eastern side of Hervey Bay. We stuck the nose of the Sea Fox Viper out into the bay, glanced at each...
TOP FIVE TIPS FOR FISHING FRASER ISLAND

TOP FIVE TIPS FOR FISHING FRASER ISLAND

Andrew Chorley from Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing knows a thing or two about Fraser Island – he’s been fishing it since he was five! Read his top tips for fishing Fraser Island before you launch your boat.   1. LOOK CLOSER TO HOME Newcomers always head straight...
FROTHING ON FRASER

FROTHING ON FRASER

Fraser Island is full of salty drama. It was named after Eliza Fraser, who was shipwrecked off the coast in 1836. She took refuge on the island and, as the story goes, was captured by local Aborigines and made to work for scraps before eventually being rescued. The...
WHICH BOATS CATCH MORE FISH

WHICH BOATS CATCH MORE FISH

The Captain has always wondered: does size matter or is it all about the motion of the ocean? Peter Pakula has an opinion on this.   The Captain: Does the size of your boat have any bearing on raising fish? Peter Pakula: More than likely. It’s pretty logical that...
MORNINGSTAR 460 ANGLER

MORNINGSTAR 460 ANGLER

There’s a rumour doing the rounds. It’s about an aluminium hull that has the big boys looking over their shoulder. They say it rides like a glass boat, looks like a glass boat, but can take punishment like a tinnie. It doesn’t have a name like...