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RADIO CONTROLLED RAMPAGE

RADIO CONTROLLED RAMPAGE

In a Captain-first  — actually, it’s probably a world-first, as nobody else would be so daft — we pit a brand spankin’ new Surtees 540 workmate worth $65K against a 93cm remote-controlled speedboat worth $900. Ladies and gentlemen, start your Fitbit.  RC...
UNITED STABIS OF AMERICA

UNITED STABIS OF AMERICA

The Captain’s crew is in Garibaldi, Oregon, on the US Pacific Northwest coast — on a trio of Stabicrafts. Huge mountain ranges covered in tall timber peer over the rugged coastline. Icy rivers meander out to bays where creaking timber trawlers and newer steel ones are...
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...
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...
MARKER’S MARK: EDENCRAFT

MARKER’S MARK: EDENCRAFT

    There’s been a fair bit going on at Edencraft — what’s the drum, Josie? Well, we moved to Moolap, Victoria, a little over 12 months ago. The new 2ha property is divided into four workspaces — the office, the lay-up shed/moulding shop, the joining shed...
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...
INSANE INSTALLS

INSANE INSTALLS

In this installment of Insane Installs, we caress the helm of Jason Wilhelm’s Edgewater 245CC and pop our eyeballs on his insane Simrad fit-out. And it would be rude not to have a crack at a blue marlin while we’re at it. Back in the day, Jason Wilhelm was a renowned...
INSANE INSTALLS : MIKE BONNICI

INSANE INSTALLS : MIKE BONNICI

Mike Bonnici is a glazier by trade, but on weekends he cruises the high seas in pursuit of marlin, tuna and topwater kings. His saltwater sled is a Sea Devil 620 and its reputation is almost as lofty as Mike’s you’d be seriously hard-pressed to find a fisho in Sydney...
BATTLE OF THE BIG VEE

BATTLE OF THE BIG VEE

Why we do it. This is the test the public demanded. More so than the manufacturers, anyway. Which is why we never told them about it. Any of them. To prove our point, when the first Facebook post dropped, The Captain’s mobile lit up with phone calls with a Victorian...
SOUNDER HOUNDS: ANTHONY RACO

SOUNDER HOUNDS: ANTHONY RACO

SYDNEY, NSW   STYLE: I’m part of the Band of Brothers Fishing crew. We’re primarily game-fisherman who mix it up in the off-season chasing reds and kings. Our passion, however, certainly lies in catching billfish.     BOAT: I own a Seaswirl Striper 2007 2101...
SOUNDER HOUNDS: DALE HAMILTON

SOUNDER HOUNDS: DALE HAMILTON

BROOME, WA   STYLE: It’s got to be sportsfishing! I’ve been fortunate enough to fish some of the atolls off the coast of my hometown of Broome. We target dogtooth, GTs, red bass, coral trout, wahoo, blue/black marlin and even sailfish. I also like heading into...
BAD BOY FOR LOVE

BAD BOY FOR LOVE

Mitchell Burge and his Bad Boy were made for each other… He’s an outspoken lad from Mt Colah with a reputation as a wrecking ball on the sea, having split five boats that The Captain knows of. Now he’s riding in his new Cootacraft – a name synonymous with boats built...
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: LUKE RYAN

SOUNDER HOUNDS: LUKE RYAN

LUKE RYAN, PERTH, WA  STYLE: I do a variety of fishing, from offshore jigging and heavy tackle to light breamin’.     BOAT: I have a Haines Hunter Patriot 680 with a Yamaha 225HP.     ELECTRONICS: Currently I have two Simrad NSS12 Evo2s. I run an...
SOUNDER HOUNDS: ANDREA TRAVERSO

SOUNDER HOUNDS: ANDREA TRAVERSO

ANDREA TRAVERSO, PORT HAVANNAH, VANUATU STYLE: We do all kinds of fishing in Vanuatu– heavy tackle, saltwater fly, light tackle and live baiting. My personal favourite, though, has got to be popping and jigging for GTs and dogtooth tuna.     BOAT: We run...
THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND

THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND

The Captain discovers a cult classic that might just be the best-kept secret on the New South Wales coast – the Sea Devil.   Cult- A religious or social group with socially deviant beliefs and practices, known for small but dedicated fan base. Cults often acquire...
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...
SOUNDER HOUNDS: DEAN SILVESTER

SOUNDER HOUNDS: DEAN SILVESTER

DEAN SILVESTER, BRISBANE, QLD STYLE: I love all sorts of fishing. Over the years I’ve entered in bass, bream and barramundi tournaments. My main focus of late has been Australian bass – I’d probably say I’m a good bass-buster. BOAT My boat is an SX 180 Skeeter, an...
SOUNDER HOUNDS: LEE RAYNER

SOUNDER HOUNDS: LEE RAYNER

LEE RAYNER, MELBOURNE, VIC STYLE : Any sort of fishing – bait, lure, fly, just so long as I’m catching fish. I do love chasing marlin and tuna, while at the other end of the scale there is something great about freezing your bum off chasing trout, especially big ones....
SOUNDER HOUNDS: MIKE BONNICI

SOUNDER HOUNDS: MIKE BONNICI

Ever wondered why the gun fishermen treat their sounder like the Ark of the Covenant? It’s because it holds secrets that make the difference between a good day’s fishing and a great one. The Captain takes a peek inside, and discovers the top commandments practised...
STRUCTURESCAN 3D

STRUCTURESCAN 3D

The Captain has only ever used a paper sounder. So it came as a surprise that the new StructureScan 3D was able to show him a three-dimensional underwater view of the ocean floor – mind blown. For as long as I can remember, anytime I’ve taken a non-boatie friend out...