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UPGRADED – STABICRAFT 1450

UPGRADED – STABICRAFT 1450

One of our favourite pocket rockets, the Stabicraft 1410 has been beefed up. It’s now called the 1450, and the boys from Invercargill reckon it’s the most well-appointed sub-5m boat in its class. The new version is longer, wider and more solid than the previous model....
TOW TUG-OFF

TOW TUG-OFF

It’s big, brash and you can hear it coming a mile away. No, it’s not Grant Shorland. It’s The Captain’s Ram 1500 vs Ram 2500 vs Ram 3500 vs Cruiser shootout. ASKING “FOR A FRIEND” I’ve got a 23ft offshore fishing weapon with twin ponies, four Simrad displays, eight...
FURY CUSTOM BOATS

FURY CUSTOM BOATS

Finally, a bowrider you’ll be proud to skipper on gamefishing operations with the boys. When the tuna blood is washed off the self-draining decks, you and your favourite deckie could be loving life aboard the smart and stylish Fury Dual Console. This svelte 28-footer...
BIG BORE BLACK WATCH REBUILD

BIG BORE BLACK WATCH REBUILD

Just like The Captain, the owner of this Black Watch 31 forked out good money for a lemon. But just like The Captain – and with a little help from Matt Inman at R&M Marine – Now he couldn’t be happier.     Every big boat that sails...
NAIAD BOATS BY KIRBY MARINE

NAIAD BOATS BY KIRBY MARINE

Naiad boats are the playthings of billionaire sheiks and sultans, and workhorses for the likes of the Tactical Response Group and remote wilderness tour operators. None of these are the kind of customers you want a call from in the dark of night saying something on...
FINE DINING IN THE BRINY

FINE DINING IN THE BRINY

On a foodie voyage of discovery through the Gippsland Lakes, The Captain’s crew discovers fair maidens willing to jump ship, pies to die for, seaweed-infused butter, eel terrine and bottomless jugs of rum and coke. We’ll need help for this one. Time to...
REGULATOR 41 WITH QUAD YAMAHAS

REGULATOR 41 WITH QUAD YAMAHAS

In what could yet prove an exceedingly cunning sales ploy, the broker blokes from One Brokerage in Perth have used the excuse of a visit from The Captain to entice Regulator 28 owner John Flay out for a burn and a fish on the new Regulator 41. John is now very, very...
BEN ZEBIC AND HIS 1410 STABICRAFT

BEN ZEBIC AND HIS 1410 STABICRAFT

Want to become a fishing immortal? The first step is to acquire an arsenal of high-calibre fishing equipment. Next, get yourself a tiny but tough fishing rig. “WTF? Tiny rig?” I hear you say. But think about it — that 100kg bluefin will look a shit-ton bigger sitting...
SHOCKWAVE 9M POWERCAT

SHOCKWAVE 9M POWERCAT

Andrew Wright reckons there’s more than one way to skin a cat. He ought to know. He’s spent thousands of hours behind the wheel – and inside the bilges – of cats of all shapes and sizes, and he’s built them for rescue services. Now,...
SALMON FISHING IN A VOLCANO

SALMON FISHING IN A VOLCANO

Like Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings, The Captain’s crew heads off on an adventure to a mysterious volcano. But instead of throwing something into it, we’d be hoping to pull something out.     When we first heard tales of a group of volcanic craters...
MICK’S TOP 10 TACKLE TREASURES

MICK’S TOP 10 TACKLE TREASURES

Mick from Pickles Fishing & Outdoors tackle store in Eden shares his top 10 tackle treasures. There have been some great fishing innovations in my lifetime. Braided line, soft plastics, graphite rods and silicon carbide guides have all made their mark. There have...
MODA’S SEXY NEW C-2900 CAT

MODA’S SEXY NEW C-2900 CAT

Shane Darlington knows that while a lot of fishos don’t give a rat’s arse what they’re driving as long as nature’s bounty is sliding over the gunwales, just as many want to be at the helm of a boat that’s looking sharp and styled to perfection. Welcome aboard the Moda...
CUBED CLASSIC

CUBED CLASSIC

Inboard power advancements have come a long way this century. To see how far, The Captain’s crew climbed aboard an Aussie icon — a 20-year-old Caribbean 26 sedan — recently repowered with twin 240HP Volvo Penta Aquamatics (petrol variants).     The outboard...
SLAB-O-CRAFT

SLAB-O-CRAFT

The Captain is cruising the Australian coast, bludging free rides on the meanest metal rigs out there. We head south to Apollo Bay to check out the most decked-out recreational Stabi to ever hit Australian shores.     In the dawn light, Kyle Briggs’...
MICK’S TRICKS WITH MICHAEL MASHADO

MICK’S TRICKS WITH MICHAEL MASHADO

Mick from Pickles Fishing & Outdoors in Eden shares the secret of his simple but deadly Slurpee straw stiff-hook rig. Mick is the frugal type. He lives by the old creed — “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Which is kind of ironic considering he’s also proprietor...
SUPER SIZE ME | SAILFISH 3200

SUPER SIZE ME | SAILFISH 3200

Paul Flynn loves his supersized Sailfish. His new rig is the first of the 3200 Platinum Sports range and features a beefed-up 3m beam and extended waterline length.     It’s a dead-calm winter’s morning and The Captain’s crew is rugged up for a Sydney...
DIY DEEP VEE REBUILD

DIY DEEP VEE REBUILD

Kyle Dicecco crafted almost every part of this tough-as-fug Haines Hunter V17L, including the glasswork, fuel tank, stainless, paintwork and even the trailer! Words by The Captain and Kyle Dicecco, images by Kyle Dicecco The fishing is brilliant off the remote coastal...
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SERENADE

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SERENADE

Jack promised his Californian belle she’d taste every part of Australia. True to his word, he whisked her away to the seafood frontier of Australia — South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. His chariot for this romantic mission is the appropriately palatial Whittley SL25...
PUNCHY PILOT HOUSE BY RIPTIDE

PUNCHY PILOT HOUSE BY RIPTIDE

The Captain is cruising the Australian coast, jumping aboard the meanest metal rigs we can find. In this issue, we head to the Sunshine State to pilot Ben Campbell’s 10.5m RipTide. LET ‘ER RIP The RipTide vessel wasn’t meant to be part of The Captain’s...
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...
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...
MINI FLYBRIDGE CRUISER

MINI FLYBRIDGE CRUISER

Julian McGarry couldn’t afford to buy a flybridge cruiser, so he built his own mini version.   When Julian McGarry’s mate sold his flybridge cruiser, Julian lost his regular ride. Heartbroken, he couldn’t see the value in owning his own moored boat, so he took...