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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...
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...
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!...
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....
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...
PART II – 23′ SHARK CAT PROJECT BOAT

PART II – 23′ SHARK CAT PROJECT BOAT

Now that the Shark Cat was firmly in the clutches of The Captain’s crew, it was time for Trav to do a thorough inspection. No worries. He’d learned his lesson with the Nub Tub — or had he? There was no doubt there’d been a fresh floor laid down on Julie-Anne, but the...
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...
THE CAPTAIN’S 21 FAVOURITE BOATS

THE CAPTAIN’S 21 FAVOURITE BOATS

There have been some epic rides and awesome destinations. Here we list 21 of them. There have also been many highs and a few lows. So, grab the popcorn and take a tour through The Captain’s memoirs.     Picking favourite boats is like picking your favourite...
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.  ...
FINAL TOUCHES ON THE 445F

FINAL TOUCHES ON THE 445F

It’s been 12 months since we last reported on the Nub Tub. Since then, Jack has put a sizable dent in the Long Reef kingfish population and Alli has been working on her long, sun-kissed locks. The salty duo even made it wide to the tuna grounds, but ended up drowned...
GRANT SHORLAND ESCAPES THE FLAMES

GRANT SHORLAND ESCAPES THE FLAMES

Locals and tourists take to the water to escape the flames. Grant Shorland was one of them. When the shit hit the fan during the holiday season of 2019–20, it wasn’t just the CFA in fire trucks that saved the day. There were blokes in boats, in all shapes and sizes,...
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...
BRUCE ALMIGHTY

BRUCE ALMIGHTY

If John Haines Sr is the father of Australian monohulls then Bruce Harris surely owns the title for Australian Cats. What’s more, Bruce doesn’t owe anything to the Yank designers for his achievements — he did it all with good ol’ Aussie ingenuity, designing and...
GUAM’D & DANGEROUS

GUAM’D & DANGEROUS

Raf Vargas paddles the drop-offs around his island home of Guam, fishing to depths of 1500M. The day he captured a donkey dogtooth he become an instant yak god.      Guam, part of the Mariana Islands chain in the equatorial Pacific, is a top spot for kayak...
LIFE’S A VEITCH!

LIFE’S A VEITCH!

The numbers on Roger Veitch’s new 27ft Hardtop are so sexy we had to check the specs twice – and when it pulled into port it proved an absolute face melter! What’s more, beneath that white gelcoat is a laminate that leaves most Australian boat...