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SOUTHERN SESSIONS IN A NEW STABICRAFT 2250

SOUTHERN SESSIONS IN A NEW STABICRAFT 2250

Neither smoke nor flame can stop The Captain heading south on the deadly hume with the promise of a ride in the first Stabicraft 2250 Ultra Centrecab in the country — and the smell of free fishing gear in his nostrils. The Captain’s phone lit up at much the same time...
VEITCH FOR VICTORY

VEITCH FOR VICTORY

Veitch Boats has all the hallmarks of boat-building success. A steady stream of boats is rolling out the door, with a nine-month waiting list. The factory floor is full of bustling builders and apprentices, smart investors with expansion plans, plus a growing list of...
ROD FINDLAY’S TOP TUNA TIPS

ROD FINDLAY’S TOP TUNA TIPS

Rod Findlay offers some top tuna tips to keep that sashimi train chugging. The tuna fishing on the east coast of NSW has been exceptional this year. In saying that, these fish aren’t off every port at the same time. They roll through on temperature breaks and slow...
MIGUEL’S RED EMPEROR FISH TACOS

MIGUEL’S RED EMPEROR FISH TACOS

Now that you’ve mastered the art of red emperor fishing with the Bats boys, it’s time to turn the flesh into a feast. This crackin’ recipe from Miguel has a distinctly Spanish flavour. It will definitely require an Estrella to cool your taste buds after washing down...
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,...
MICK’S OLD SCHOOL COMMERCIAL TIPS

MICK’S OLD SCHOOL COMMERCIAL TIPS

Mick from Pickles Fishing & Outdoors tackle store in Eden shares some old-school commercial tips. THE GLITTER BAIT I have to admit it, I love glitter. But it’s got nothing to do with the recent Mardi Gras in Sydney. No, it’s part of my game-fishing arsenal and I...
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...
BUSTING BASS IN AMERICA ABOARD A STABICRAFT

BUSTING BASS IN AMERICA ABOARD A STABICRAFT

What are a couple of Aussies doing in Arizona in the American Southwest talking to a former South African about a Kiwi boat and bass baiting? When the word came through from Stabicraft HQ that a 1550 fisher had been spotted in the middle of the desert, The Captain was...
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...
FISH ‘N’ CHICKS – PART 1

FISH ‘N’ CHICKS – PART 1

With International Women’s Day on March 8 — yes, Mrs Captain made sure The Captain knew all about it and delivered her breakfast rum in bed — we thought it was about bloody time The Captain featured women in the fishing industry. Who doesn’t love a woman who can fish?...
SHE’LL BE RIGHT WITH JUSTIN DUGGAN

SHE’LL BE RIGHT WITH JUSTIN DUGGAN

We’ve all said to ourselves, “she’ll be right mate” when it comes to an aspect of our fishing or boating equipment. It might be a little scuff in your leader, a slight grinding sound in the bait-caster or perhaps some green corrosion on a battery terminal. It might be...
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...
7 TIPS FOR BUYING A USED OUTBOARD

7 TIPS FOR BUYING A USED OUTBOARD

  All-round nice guy and co-owner of Outboard Spares Stuart Buckingham spends hours helping others breath life into old outboards. This issue, he shares some choice tips on buying a used outboard. Images are of Byron’s 25 Bertram, Odin.       1....
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...
TINNIE TANK REBUILD

TINNIE TANK REBUILD

Matty Hildebrandt used all his car-painting smarts and product knowledge to give his 4m Stacer a Riviera-like finish — better, in fact.       G’day Matt. We haven’t had any punters from Emerald in The Captain. How’s the fishing up there? The best thing...
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...
GRANT SHORLAND ROLLS BOAT

GRANT SHORLAND ROLLS BOAT

When things go bang in the night – Grant Shorland reflects on the night his beloved Cubin’ went on the rocks.     I’ve used the Bastion Point boat ramp in Mallacoota more times than I’ve had hot showers. It’s not the safest ramp, but when treated with...
MIGUEL’S GARLIC BREAM

MIGUEL’S GARLIC BREAM

With its sweet, underrated flavour the humble bream is a mainstay catch for Australian fishos. This Spanish recipe from Miguel is guaranteed to bring out your inner conquistador. Arm yourself with a sharp, soft-filleting knife and be sure not to waste any of that...
GRANT SHORLAND ON THE ART OF WAR

GRANT SHORLAND ON THE ART OF WAR

It was the biggest war on water since Kevin Costner took on the Smokers in Waterworld — Spearos vs Fishos. The battleground was out among the bait balls off Port MacDonnell in South Australia, and it all came to a head during the hot bite spring of 2019. The locals...
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...