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Rob Carmichael caught this snapper in Port Philip Bay. Rob used d a Black Magic 5/0 Snapper Snatcher ‘original’.

A Black Magic KS 1 hook was used by Jeremy Bates to catch this 40cm b bream. Jeremy was fishing at Bermagui, NSW.

Rex Carstens used Black Magic 40lb tough trace and Black Magic KS 5/0 hooks to bring in these snapper, one weighing 13.75kg (Over 30lb!).

Bluey Shelton landed d this 58cm whiting on a 0 Black Magic 1/0 Bleeding Pilchard.. Bluey was fishing att Robe, South Australia.

Black Magic 15lb tough fluorocarbon leader was used by Billy Gillion to catch this 3.5kg flathead. Billy was fishing at Lake Macquarie, NSW.

A Black Magic 8/0 0 d C Point hook was used o by Kasey Parkinson to take this 18lb jewfish.. Kasey was fishing at Saltt h Creek Beach, South Australia.


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More than 140 logs have been used to create ‘fish hotels’ to improve fish habitat and river bank stability in the Upper Hunter River, near Muswellbrook. Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Senior Fisheries Conservation Officer, Kylie Russell, said funds from the Commonwealth and NSW Government through the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority, were used to complete the works. “We have constructed seven new ‘fish hotels’ in the Upper Hunter River at ‘Negoa’, near Muswellbrook using more than 140 logs,” Ms Russell said. “The log structures will assist in stabilising eroding river banks at the site and enhance fish habitat for native species, such as Australian bass and mullet. “The ‘fish hotels’ are constructed on the riverbank then lowered into deep water near eroding banks. They are held in

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Works were managed by DPI with construction completed by the river works crew of the Soil Conservation Service and Tutt and Bryant cranes.” Ms Russell said this is the fifth stage of a project that is designed to improve fish habitat on the Upper Hunter River. “Overall, this project is improving fish populations in the Hunter

River. It has resulted in 16 constructed ‘fish hotels’ and 40 engineered log jams installed over the past five years on the Hunter River,” she said. “Strategically placed hard instream habitat such as fish hotels help to direct flows away from eroding banks, create and maintain deep holes in the river bed, and also provide a substrate for the growth of algae and insects at the bottom of the food chain. “The work helps native fish take shelter, hide from predators, grow and, most importantly, to breed.” Funding opportunities for others to do similar fish habitat works will soon be available through the Recreational Fishing Trusts’ Habitat Action Grants program. For details, see the website au/hag or contact a DPI Conservation Manager on (02) 6626 1107 or (02) 4916 3817. – Fisheries NSW

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Brogo bass get cracking TATHRA

Darren Redman

October heralds the start of the bass season in the Tathra area and with a little effort, you can be on some pretty interesting sweetwater locations which harbour these majestic fish. One such area is Jellat Jellat, about halfway between Tathra and Bega. Here the Bega River meets

the salt and after the past few seasons of heavy flooding, many new deeper holes with new structure have been formed. This is a good location for kayak fishing and with a prearranged pick-up, it is quite possible to put in at Bega and be picked up further downstream towards, or at, Tathra. This allows anglers to target bass and other species like bream, estuary perch, whiting and flathead as they

venture further into the salt. The junction of the Brogo and Bega rivers is at Bega. In the Brogo system there is also some very nice water to host bass moving back up the system after their spawning migration. Where anglers can gain access along the river right up to the wall of Brogo Dam, most holes will be home to a few if not many fish. Brogo Dam itself, although not fully fired up yet, should improve as the days warm. Plenty of prawns are starting to show and there are plenty of lures to choose from when targeting flathead.

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Albacore and striped, bluefin or yellowfin tuna are all likely to fall to this method, especially wide of the continental shelf. If you are lucky enough to have found tuna or you want something different and bigger, try berleying with the tuna out over one of the canyons for a big mako shark. They are likely

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ESTUARY, OFFSHORE Most of the estuaries are starting to fire. The shallow upper margins are well worth a look because this is where the prawns lurk and the fish follow. This is a good time to cast one of the many prawn imitation lures available for flathead, trevally, jewfish and bream. This month is arguably the best offshore to target tasty tiger flathead. They generally move into the waters off Tathra now, especially the area out from Bournda. It is quite possible to obtain a decent bag in to be following these fish. While you wait for a shark to come along and if you have the appropriate reels, try some deep water angling for tasty fish from the abyss in the form of blue-eye trevalla, ling cod, perch, hapuku or gemfish. Kingfish may be at Montague Island and it’s definitely worth a look, just in case. What have turned up offshore are flathead, and plenty of them. Big, juicy tiger flathead are spread up and down the coast in 40m-60m-plus depths. There are also some nice sand flatties, a few gummy sharks and the odd small whaler. If you drift onto the reef snapper, morwong, perch, pigfish and nannygai are also likely to start featuring. ESTUARY Back on shore, with the warming weather there is action starting up in the many estuaries around Bermagui, most of which are containing prawn stocks. This is a good time for lure anglers, with prawn imitations taking the lion’s share. Most of the shallower reaches of the upper systems are producing reasonable flathead, bream, tailor and the occasional jewfish. Wallaga Lake is the pick.

a very short time from 40m-60m depths. Once you have acquired your bag of flatties try moving to the reefs for snapper, morwong, nannygai or pigfish. On reefs in very deep water out towards the continental shelf, at this time of year Tassie trumpeters are lurking. These taste sensations are more easily accessible with electric reels and then you can go farther afield to drop into depths where ling, blue-eye trevalla, hapuku and gemfish are likely to make up the bulk of the captures.

The deeper water this month often has small to mid-range yellowfin tuna, albacore, bluefin and stripies taken on the troll. And if you have tuna you will have makos, and some very big ones, so have some big gear handy. Don’t forget, the annual Brogo Bass Bash, now in its 15th year, will be held on Brogo Dam on December 6-8. Anyone wishing to join this great fun weekend should call me on 0427 934 688 or visit to download an entry form. Also check out the FSCBSA Facebook page.

Swinging in yet another juicy flathead. For those wishing to fish nippers or prawns, the Bermagui River is loaded with big luderick over the weedy flats and other species like whiting, bream, trevally and mullet are also strong by-catch. This is also a good river to fish at night under the lights of the main bridge. The lights reflect the silhouettes of passing baitfish or crustaceans, making easy prey for the predators lurking in

the shallows. Anglers can use lures or baits to enjoy some very interesting sessions. Don’t forget, the annual Brogo Bass Bash, now in its 15th year, will be held on Brogo Dam on December 6-8. Anyone wishing to join this great fun weekend should call me on 0427 934 688 or visit www.fscbsa.weebly. com to download an entry form. Also check out the FSCBSA Facebook page.

Freezer jolly good fellow! Blessed are those that keep their bait freezers clean and their contents well organised, which means that most fishos are going straight to hell!


Glen Booth

Cleaning out the bait freezer. It’s a messy, mostly thankless task rummaging through shopping bags of this and that, discovering those good baits you put away months ago were in there after all but are now freezer-burnt, bent out of shape and fit only for berley. The freezer sides are wearing a thick layer of

permafrost, while the base is a slushy red pool of salty fish juice. The lid doesn’t shut properly and the motor seems to be running 24/7. Then you discover some prime fillets that have slipped off the top of the pile and are now destined for the dog’s bowl. And there’s nothing worse than rummaging through the chilly contents of

a freezer at 4am, bleary eyed after a fitful night’s sleep, trying to work out precisely where the bloody bait is! Time for some remedial action. It takes a bit of discipline but a quarterly clean-out makes a bait fisho’s life so much easier. For a while there I had three freezers going but now having two properly

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organised has meant that I’ve been able to shut one down. This has been a godsend, given the outrageous price of electricity these days. If it hasn’t been done for a while, a freezer clean may resemble an archaeological dig. I never found a woolly mammoth in any of mine, but it wouldn’t have surprised me. I also have an eclectic collection of weird critters that look like the cast from Monsters Inc. They’ve been recovered from the stomachs of fish (mostly tuna and mahi mahi), some of which have survived in a frozen state for over a decade and three house moves. A clean freezer with no ice build-up works more efficiently. If the door or lid doesn’t shut properly due to ice accumulation, check that the seals are actually sealing. I’m reliably informed that if you close the door on a piece of paper, you shouldn’t be able to pull it out. If you can, it’s time to get the seals replaced, as the motor will be running more often to keep the temperature down and the contents in a frozen state. During Summer game fishing sorties, a cord line sits on a big handcaster in the side pocket of my boat, ready to be fired out whenever we cross paths with a school of striped tuna. These end up filleted, the flesh side given a generous coating of coarse salt and

A bag of party ice over the slurried catch and it’s going to arrive home in tip-top condition. so the goo is contained until it’s had a chance to solidify. The rest of the freezer space is taken up with a box of IQF pillies, vacuumpacked baby mack tunas and frigates for summer Spaniard baits, berley and ice blocks. BERLEY For non-fishos, disposing of prawn, crab, lobster, bug, oyster or mussel shells is usually a smelly issue, especially during the warmer months. If you put the word out around the neighbourhood that you’re happy to relieve

surface when you drop one over the side), so freeze the remnants of the Sunday night roast rather than throwing it in the bin. The next snapper or flathead to have a chicken thigh bone in its gut certainly won’t be the last, either. Berley gets allocated into ‘trip-sized’ bags inside a bigger bag, just to prevent any spillage, and then it’s just a matter of grabbing a bag before heading off. As most anglers know by now, the key to better quality table fish is to kill

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then wrapped individually in a sheet of the Sydney Morning Herald. (Curse Fairfax for dropping from broadsheet to tabloid page size – fillets are now harder to wrap!) Salted fillets are like gold during Winter when the stripies are non-existent, and these form the nucleus of what’s in my bait freezer. Just be mindful of the liquid that the salt draws out of the flesh. This is an especially toxic little brew that contributes to the slush in the bottom of the freezer. Double-bag the salted fillets

them of such fine berley fodder, pretty soon you’ll have more than you’ll know what to do with. Give them a few fillets in return and they may even deliver door-todoor… There’s something extremely satisfying about lifting a decent red aboard and having it spit up your berley, or discovering the same in the stomach contents at the filleting bench later. Ha ha, fish – fooled ya! Chicken frames and bones also make good berley (just watch the incredible oil slick that floats away on the

the capture Iki Jime style and bleed it, then get it into an ice slurry. A slurry consists of roughly three parts ice to one part seawater. If it burns your hands when you dig around for that last fish to fillet, you’ve got the brew about right. Any fish that comes out of a slurry will be firm and therefore easier to fillet, the flesh will be whiter, and far tastier when cooked. It is possible to make a slurry too cold, though, with the risk of partially freezing the meat. That’s especially

Almost too big for the box. Prime knobbies like these deserve to be treated with respect, so after the Iki Jime (brain piercing) treatment, bleed them and place into an ice slurry.

them as their on-board water requirements), but there’s far more bang for your buck to be had by using saltwater instead — just don’t try drinking it. It’s easy enough to make saltwater ice blocks up out of Tupperware or ice cream containers, but ice cream parlours have their wares delivered in the handy 34cm x 13cm x 13cm plastic containers pictured hereabouts, which make the best ice blocks bar none. And, wouldn’t you know it, they’re the same length as the width of my icebox, so they stack neatly, too. They also come with lids, so if using IQF pillies, you can load one up with a day’s supply (or a morning’s

if you’re feeling confident), and know they’ll remain in top nick. I periodically fill a 15L drum with seawater down at the boat ramp and this sits under the filleting bench to replace what ice blocks were used on any given fishing day. Two saltwater blocks smashed up into big chunks are enough to keep two bags of party ice close to frozen, and combined with a couple of juice bottles, that catch is going to keep extremely well. When dealing with seawater, just be mindful of not slopping any on the sides of or in the freezer. If it’s not mopped up straight away, the first sign is rusty spots, then

It’s possible to load up on fresh bait for occasions when it’s scarce. Vacuum packed, they’ll last forever. with fine-scaled species like teraglin, so adjust the ice/ seawater ratio to suit. SALTWATER ICE Saltwater ice makes a far better chilling medium

than freshwater ice, taking longer to get cold but it stays colder longer. Fruit juice containers filled with frozen water make cheap ice blocks (some people also use

Ice cream containers like these are ideal for making your own saltwater ice blocks. Combined with some frozen drink bottles full of saltwater, and the catch will remain in excellent shape right up to filleting time.

A well-organised bait and berley freezer means nothing is wasted and storage capacity is increased. over time the whole side will disappear. Ditto for ute trays! DISPOSAL Once the filleting session is over, there’s the issue of what to do with the fish frames, skins and heads. With all that spare room in the freezer, these can be frozen and dumped at sea next trip out, or you can bury them in the vegetable garden to give that home-grown produce a real kick along. Like an undertaker at a cemetery, it’s important to remember precisely where you buried the last lot, though, because digging in the wrong spot before the frames have decomposed can have stinky consequences. And the final word on bait freezers is that if you ever unplug one for whatever reason, always, always, always remember to plug it back in!

The perfect home for IQF pillies. If they don’t all get used, just throw a handful of salt on top and they’ll be good to go next time.







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905 enter Grabine Classic The 13th annual Grabine Classic at the Grabine Lakeside State Park on August 23-25 was hailed as another success, with 904 entries registered. This result was above expectations given the wild, windy, wet weather that greeted anglers at the start of the tournament. A Wyangala Dam around 72% full greeted competitors, 16% of whom were juniors. A change in competition rules produced an increase in the catch ’n’ release section with 80 fish over 30cm being released back to the water. This figure included 61 yellowbelly, 12 silver perch


and seven Murray cod. This compared favourably to the 96 catch ’n’ keep fish tally, which included two catfish and two trout, a species not recorded for quite a number of years. One of the committee men, while waiting to record a catch and release on the water, even bagged a 35cm redfin. A total of 492 anglers were entered into the competition with David McDonald from Binda recording the largest cod for seniors weighing in at 4.37kg and Melanie O’Farrell from Wombat recording one of 4.14kg for the juniors. Daniel Webber, of


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Cootamundra, bagged the most fish with a total of 112 carp. In the catch ’n’ keep section there were three cod for an average of 9.80kg and the largest, caught by Thomas Pelling of Cowra, weighed 11.77kg. Yellowbelly averaged 1.02kg, with the heaviest of 2.13kg by Margie Bell of Goulburn. Silver perch averaged 0.95kg, the heaviest of 1.16kg caught by Steve Webber of Greendale. Catfish averaged 1.38kg and the heaviest of 1.58kg was caught by Nick Apps of Young. The heaviest trout





was 1.97kg, caught by Robert King from Doonside. Up and coming junior angler Byron Campbell, of Boorowa, scored four prize divisions: Junior biggest and runner-up catch ’n’ release cod of 74cm and 70cm, biggest junior C&R silver perch of 42cm and the the Judy Monk Perpetual Trophy for junior champion. The Boyd Carruthers Memorial Trophy for biggest catch and release went to Wayne Stewart from Gordon with a Cod of 87cm. Other senior catch and release prizes went to Jess Corkery, of Nicholls, for a 48cm yellowbelly, and Mark George and Adam Kennedy with a silver perch of 43cm. A lure board was again in operation to raise funds for restocking, which also attracted cash donations for the cause. The of a trailer plus

The top prize at the Grabine Classic, the Brooker boat and Mercury outboard went to Luke Charnock of Goulburn. At the presentation are, from left, Sam Cramp, committee man Phil Cramp, Jodie Charnock, Luke Charnock and president Kim George. contents was won by Joe Cosgrove, of Taralga, and second prize of a barbecue went to Juene Eshman, of Bigga. A total of 53 prizes were up for grabs and the major prize of the boat, motor and accessories was won by Luke Charnock, of Goulburn. The tournament committee thanks the many sponsors, in particular the Lackanooky Bay Fishing Club in their support of the catch and release and

Dick and Karen Elvins (Gwydir Gobblers) for their continued support over the years. Special thanks also to the Grabine Lakeside State Park for their hospitality and support. Many thanks also to those who operated the catch and release volunteer stations that recorded catches and made it all possible for the anglers wanting to keep the fish in the lake. – Wayne Cummins



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Alex Hickson

Whether to accommodate a couple on the move or just for extra space and comfort or a long stay, camper trailers have become firm favourites for outdoor Australians. The problem for us fishos arises when we need to take our trailer boats with us. For the many Aussie ute owners, there is a brilliant and comparatively well-priced answer to this problem, a ‘trayon’ camper. My wife, Simone, and I bought a tray-on camper from Impact Campers, a relatively new Australian company specialising in this style of camper. We really like its versatility. An Impact tray camper allows you to trailer your boat, motorbikes, PWC, ultralight aircraft or whatever, yet gives you the unencumbered use of your vehicle once you reach your destination. Impact tray campers are designed to be set up and used off the vehicle, unlike many other tray-ons whose

primary design means they must remain on the vehicle. Apart from having our trailer boat, Simone and I do a lot of kayaking these days and I can assure you that there is far more than a paddle associated with the modern fishing kayak. We actually require a trailer to bring both kayaks and associated equipment with us. Often it is not possible to camp right on the water’s

edge and so having our ute to take the boat or the ’yaks to the water is a big plus. Or it could be just ducking into town to get supplies. It’s nothing to pack up – just hop in and go; these campers offer great convenience. And an Impact Tray Camper features all-Australian quality build and design. The Impact Tray-on is essentially a camper trailer

without axle and wheels, with instead screw-jack ‘legs’ on each corner that allow the body to be jacked up enough so a tray-back ute can reverse under it. Then the jacks are wound down until the camper is sitting on the tray, secured and then off you go. The camper has a steel frame with painted charcoal hammer-tone finish, a polished aluminium checker-plate base and

Inside there is plenty of room for a family, complete with elevated king bed.

With a storm approaching Cape Palmerston, the Impact Tray camper braces itself for another showdown with the elements. So far the camper has been impervious to all thrown at it by Mother Nature.

polished aluminium doors with rubber seals for dust and water protection. The side doors allow full access to the holding area on each side of the camper. The folding canvas tent structure has a built-in frame for quick and easy set-up. It has an awning with full-length zip and you can add wall sections if needed. We purchased a zip-on wall

for the kitchen end for a little more protection from the elements. These add-ons can be customised. We chose a full mesh window backed up by a clear window and then the full canvas, zipped and Velcro storm cover. We are now considering further ordering another for the other end of the awning – very impressed. The fold-out kitchen is

Left: Simone puts the skirt around the base of the camper which stops draughts and offers another dry storage area. Right: The front awning covers a good-sized living area that comfortably houses kitchen and dining area.

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The design, performance and handling of the US Crestliner boats should be no secret to regular readers. The Super Hawk 1600 is a stealthy calm-

lot for the dollars and some of them handle so well it is disappointing to step back into many dedicated fishing boats. But fishing in my mind is what boats were built for – everything else comes in second place. So when I first laid eyes on the Super Hawk 1600

to store up to six rods out of the way. This rack can store one or two 7’ rods in the top two spaces with shorter poles below because of the intrusion of the passenger foot well. Two gunwale rod holders were to be fitted later to the test boat, which had only just been unpacked

Like all Crestliners, the Super Hawk 1600 runs level, even coming out of the hole. water fishing boat with the ability to convert from serious fishing platform to family fun boat in under 60 seconds, and that is no mean feat. One thing died-in-thewool fishing fanatics dislike is family cruising boats that try to masquerade as fishing boats. Nine times out of 10, they just don’t work. Take a look at many of the bow riders, local and imported, to see where the let-downs are. I’m not saying they are bad boats; they are great fun, deliver a

with all its seats folded up, I was sceptical to say the least at how this platform would really shape up when it came to serious fishing. The beautiful thing is that once the seats are folded down, loads of stable, carpeted standing or pedestal seated fishing space is available for two to three anglers. With the seats up, there are enough cushioned resting spots for at least six people. Storage is ample. Under the port gunwale is an open rod rack, with enough space

and sea-trialled prior to my arrival. Additional rod holders are an option I would

the perfect harbour, estuary, lake and inshore serious fishing vessel. DEDICATED DESIGN The layout and design of this feature-packed boat are impressive. From the well-appointed anchor well, sturdy bow roller, and casting/storage platform to the fold-away seating at the rear, it is obviously user-friendly. The plate aluminium hull features a unique tongue-and-groove locking system that increases the rigidity and welds run the full length of every join. Coupled with injected foam, the construction delivers a solid ride and level buoyancy. Aggressive reverse chines deliver stability at rest and deflect spray down and out while under way. The high walk-through windscreen is practical, provides easy bow access and plenty of protection. The swivelling pedestal seats for driver and passenger can be rearranged at rest for seated fishing on the forward and aft casting decks, where the pedestal

There’s a load of fishing room in the Super Hawk 1600. of instruments and through the windscreen. The fold-away seats extend the bow and rear casting decks and are an ingenious solution to the ongoing seating problem for family-friendly fishing boats, and I expect we will see more convertible styles. It will be interesting to see how the folding steel frames cope with continuous saltwater use. The battery, isolation switch and cables are easily

That big windscreen is a breeze-buster and will keep occupants quite dry on choppy days.

Top: There’s storage, seating (with more storage under), buoyancy foam and an Aussie-style anchor locker here. Above: The roomy aft casting deck has more storage and fold-out seating. 86



definitely select. Having six mounted in the gunwales is a great way to ensure there is always somewhere close by to safely rest a rod. It would also be worth considering mounting one or two upright rod racks so you can have a number of rigged outfits at the ready. Lure and fly anglers or live-baiters would have few problems with this boat although if you use cut bait or pillies the marine carpet fitted could get messy. There was no bait board fitted but an aftermarket selection would overcome this issue. Other noticeable additions which would improve the fishability of this rig are a bow-mount electric motor and a sonar GPS combo on the skipper’s console. With these additions the Super Hawk 1600 is

bases are offset to equalise weight distribution and maximise balance. The dash layout is simple with good visibility

accessible via a hatch in the rear casting deck There is also enough space to house a deep-cycle battery for a bow-mounted electric,

although it would be worth considering how this will affect the balance under way and the distance the cables need to be run. PERFORMANCE The Super Hawk 1600 was powered by a Mercury 75hp EFI four-stroke fed by a 75L underfloor fuel tank. The fill cap is just in front of the driver’s windscreen. With a 17” prop top speed at wide-open throttle was a touch over 34 knots (64kmh), enough to get you quickly to your next destination in calm conditions. Steering is hydraulic and at trolling speed the hull responds well and has a relatively tight turning circle. In reverse gear some water does push up onto the casting deck if you ‘give it some’ and while this may trouble those anglers operating in choppy conditions, these boats are foam-filled to achieve level buoyancy. Powering into and out of corners felt confident and the boat really clung to its lines. Crossing and riding chop and boat wakes was also comfortable, with the hull tracking true with no rolling or broaching. At rest with just myself on board, I did notice my weight shifting the resting line of the boat just a

Plenty of room for two or three to fish or a whole bunch of family fun.

A new boat in the making FMG

Stephen Booth

With all of the wants, needs and desires sorted and a rough plan on what I wanted inside, I set off on a search for a custom boat builder who wouldn’t send me bankrupt! My first port of call was to drop in and see James Cullen, one of the owners at Stones Corner Marine. He pointed out a few facts about aluminium and fibreglass and he swayed my mind both ways, however I eventually settled on fibreglass as a hull material. This made perfect sense for a lot of reasons, most of all the ride as every time I fish the Flathead Classic the wind decides to blow the dog off the chain and a glass boat would help sort that out somewhat. From here I started to look at local glass boat builders and Shayne McKee and Wayne Kampe advised me to talk to the team at Galeforce Boats, so on a road trip we stopped in and saw Tony. Obviously Tony was pretty enthusiastic about his boats and after an hour or so of just messing about in the factory and getting some lessons in fibreglass, Tony had

convinced me further that a glass boat just might be the best thing. So I sent Tony the rough plan I had and he got back to me with the good news that my ideas would be easy to incorporate with little change. So the hull was sorted – at last! THE HULL The chosen hull was the 4.8m Galeforce set up as a tiller steer. The boat was a bit bigger than I first wanted, but the advantages and the options it opened up were huge. This little boat could comfortably take on most days out on the bay and on a good day, head to the inshore grounds so I could tackle some mackerel, tuna and hopefully one day a little billfish. Being fibreglass the hull rides softer than I am used to and almost encourages you to go out on those days where previously I might have just said no. But these extra options didn’t come with a reduction of the boat’s primary purpose, which was to hunt the flats in the estuaries and knock around the dams and rivers for cod and barra. In the water the 4.8 drew around a foot of water, a little more than what I was used to, but it would just take a little bit of time to get used to that. The stability was not as good as the vee-nose punts and

tinnies I was used to fishing from, however it compared favourably with standard tinnies. This stability is a big factor for me as I lure cast a lot and often there are two or three people all on one side of the boat. Other advantages were the sealed floor that allowed for a massive 80L underfloor fuel tank, a customised live well/ esky combination, storage for my Plano tackle trays, a mass of storage up front, a custom built rod locker, the ability to build a neat little sounder console and so much more. And the best part of all from my 6-year-old daughter’s point of view was that the sides were higher than my old tinnie. And that has to be a good thing when it comes to having a bit more fun out in the boat with the family. THE MOTOR I had a few demands on the outboard I was going to buy and they all came together with the Honda BF60 4-stroke tiller steer. Firstly, this outboard is very user-friendly with electric start and power trim and tilt. Electric start was a given as was the need for the outboard to be 3 star rated from OEDA in regard to emissions. And the new tiller handle on the 60 Honda meant

I did not have to install a trim tilt switch on the hull as it is placed perfectly where your thumb rests while operating the craft. In real use this trim and tilt switch was magic. But the best bit was the Trolling Control Switch. To be able to drop 50rpm or jump up 50rpm is amazing. It makes about 0.1 knots of difference and with a range from about 750rpm through to 1000rpm, this little device is brilliant. If you do any amount of trolling, take a look at this outboard because it seriously rocks! I’ve already used it on a few flatty trolls and it controls the troll speed brilliantly. Other features that made the Honda a contender, included the BLAST technology, ECOmo (Economy Controlled Motor) technology and the overall output that was more than adequate to push around the 4.8m Galeforce. I had also been lucky enough to test this exact outboard just over 2 years ago at Lake Natimuk in Victoria when the new 60 was released onto the Australian market. We had the chance to actually see the fuel figures in use, got to play with the BLAST feature and the Trolling Control setup and lastly we saw this outboard on several hulls. Apart from

The team at Bay Honda putting the 60hp Honda fourstroke on the back. This is a much more exacting task than I ever thought it would be and it is well worth your time getting it done correctly the first time by people who do it every day. Engel generator! Yes I do all of these things regularly. So overall the Honda BF60 is a remarkable piece of engineering that ticked every box and best of all the team at Bay Marine rigged it all up with minimal fuss and no issues. I would recommend a qualified mechanic installs any tiller steer outboard that requires bolting on through the hull. It was a lot more complicated than I first thought and the Bay Honda team were efficient and explained it all clearly to me. THE TRAILER The trailer was always going to be an interesting


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the major advantages of the BLAST, which improves hole shot markedly, the ECOmo was very appealing as this technology incorporates Lean Burn Control technology, which allows combustion to operate on a leaner air/fuel ratio. An O2 sensor, together with the ECM, precisely controls the air/fuel mixture for the best fuel economy at cruise setting. The BF60 also has a multipole AC generator (ACG) that provides 22amp of battery charging capacity! Ample power for onboard marine electronics, livebait tanks and other equipment, which is brilliant for longer trips where I don’t have access to power, forget my charger or bring the charger and don’t have my

project. I have yet to own a trailer that lasts. Why that is so is beyond me and I suppose it all comes down to keeping package prices as low as possible. But after a few repairs and a few dodgy trailers I’d had enough. It was time for me to get a trailer that had all that I wanted and was over-engineered to last. I chose an R and M Trailer from South East Queensland as they essentially custom build their trailer to suit the client’s needs. My list of options was thrown at them and to my relief they had no hesitation in confirming that everything I wanted could be done. So with that in mind I ordered a custom keel roller trailer. This trailer was built from alloy I-beam and came with a

spare wheel kit, stainless steel brake components and I had the bolt package upgraded to stainless as well. The trailer would be capable of handling almost 1200kg and the 4.8m Galeforce was not going to come close to that, which meant I had the ability to use the boat a little bit like a trailer when on longer road trips. Things like swags, tents, tackle boxes and the like could all be towed to the destination in the boat, leaving the car’s cabin with more room. Gold! The wheels were large and the spare wheel was attached to the trailer’s frame, making this the perfect trailer for me. Add in that the trailer was set up as a drive on and drive off trailer and this old boy was pretty stoked. THE ELECTRONICS I’ve already mentioned the fabulous i-Pilot and that was the first electronics accessory as to me it’s the most important. After much discussion with Tim Morgan and Shaun Clancy, I was convinced to go for an 80lb i-Pilot. This meant 24V of battery were needed. In reality I can usually see the snags I am fishing for jacks and Murray cod and when I am flathead fishing I can usually see the sand and weed banks. This piece of equipment is far more important than the sounder, however… If I am impoundment fishing for native fish or barra, a sounder is an absolute must. It not only allows you to see the depth, bottom contours, weed beds and more, these days you can actually see the fish! To keep it simple I chose a Humminbird 898 after some great advice. This unit was small enough to fit on the console, yet had the screen size, power and ability to literally separate fish from water, and I generally need all the help I can get doing that! Although not new technology these days, the side imaging and screen resolution was phenomenal, plus all SI units from Humminbird come with down imaging, a great feature that shows you more clearly what the snag or rock bar actually looks like.



When daylight saving time is in force, add one hour to times






0536 1.28 1126 0.54 1741 1.49


0007 0615 1211 1822


12 18 0 0345 0.32 1009 1.75 1637 0.26 2240 1.41


12 18 0 0430 0.38 1058 1.73 1732 0.30 2335 1.33

0.40 1.37 0.47 1.54



0042 0652 1253 1901


12 18 0 0521 0.45 1151 1.68 1834 0.35

0.34 1.46 0.39 1.57



0115 0728 1333 1940


12 18 0 0036 1.26 0619 0.51 1252 1.62 1944 0.38

0.30 1.55 0.32 1.59


0149 0804 1415 2021


12 18 0 0146 1.23 0729 0.56 1400 1.58 2054 0.38

0.27 1.64 0.27 1.58

1.5m 1.0m 0.5m


0225 0843 1500 2104


12 18 0 0301 1.25 0845 0.56 1514 1.56 2159 0.35

0.26 1.70 0.24 1.55

0 0.28 1.74 0.24 1.49


0302 0924 1546 2150


12 18 0 0409 1.32 0958 0.51 1621 1.58 2255 0.31






1.5m 1.0m 0.5m 0



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12 18 0 0507 1.42 1103 0.44 1721 1.60 2345 0.27



12 18 0 0557 1.52 1201 0.36 1814 1.60



12 18 0 0030 0.26 0644 1.62 1254 0.31 1901 1.59



12 18 0 0110 0.26 0726 1.68 1343 0.27 1947 1.55



12 18 0 0148 0.29 0807 1.72 1428 0.27 2030 1.49

1.5m 1.0m 0.5m 0



12 18 0 0225 0.34 0846 1.73 1511 0.29 2112 1.42



12 18 0 0300 0.39 0924 1.71 1552 0.32 2153 1.35



12 18 0 0335 0.46 1001 1.67 1633 0.38 2233 1.28



12 18 0 0412 0.52 1039 1.62 1715 0.43 2315 1.23



12 18 0 0450 0.58 1119 1.55 1800 0.49



12 18 0 0001 1.18 0535 0.64 1203 1.49 1851 0.53



12 18 0 0055 1.15 0629 0.69 1255 1.42 1948 0.56

1.5m 1.0m 0.5m 0





0158 0733 1355 2048


1.15 0.72 1.38 0.55



12 18 0 0304 1.18 0845 0.71 1501 1.36 2145 0.52



12 18 0 0403 1.25 0953 0.67 1603 1.38 2233 0.48



12 18 0 0453 1.34 1051 0.60 1657 1.42 2316 0.42



12 18 0 0535 1.45 1143 0.50 1744 1.46 2355 0.37







1.5m 1.0m 0.5m 0





















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