Category Archives: Boating tips

Cryovac beats the old freezer burn problem for fish fillets.

Tag and release fish while taking home a feed

Today we are joined by guest writer Stephen “Pedro” Parker – a guy who really walks the walk when it comes to being an active member of the recreational fishing community. Pedro has represented recreational fishers on various management committees, edited a fishing newsletter, tag and released some 3260 fish, while still managing to take…

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How to build a naturally plumbed live bait tank into your boat

Keeping live bait without a pump

After going to all the trouble of catching your live bait, you don’t want it dying due to lack of oxygen or dirty water. The best way to look after your live bait is to keep it in a naturally plumbed tank built into your boat. By creating a sealed section in your boat you…

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Anchoring tips_Twin Anchor technique for fishing in the right spot

Anchoring your boat with the twin anchor technique

Anchoring your boat with the twin anchor technique has many advantages and I have been doing it this way for many years. Twin anchors allow you to anchor sideways in the current thus maximizing your fishing area. It keeps the boat steady and your baits in the right place, and reduces the effect of wind…

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outboard maintenance greasing steering engine glands

Routine outboard engine maintenance | Greasing engine steering glands

An outboard engine can give you years of reliable use if given some occasional TLC. Even if you get your outboard regularly serviced by a technician, there are a number of routine maintenance steps you can take yourself to keep it in top working order. Greasing the steering shaft and pivot shaft grease nipples of…

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Bar crusher leads the way in aluminium fishing boat design

Bar Crusher boats – fishing weapons

There are many options when looking at a great fishing boat these days, but I must admit I really like the look of the Bar Crusher range, built in Melbourne and tagged “Fishing Weapons”. During our last trip south we visited the Bar Crusher factory, looking to expand our charter business with the purchase of…

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Evinrude E-tec 2 stroke vs 4 stroke outboard review

Two stroke vs Four stroke

Why I choose Evinrude E-Tecs for my fishing charter business? Given my 30 odd years in the charter fishing game, many people ask why I use certain products over others. One of the most asked is, “Why on earth are you still running a 2 stroke outboard?” It seems many Australian anglers and boaties have…

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how to build a fibreglass boat floor that wont get hot

How to build a fibreglass boat deck that doesn’t get hot

Every few years I refit my boat, building in a custom non-slip fibreglass floor that doesn’t get hot. The main advantage of course is that I can run around all summer with no shoes AND I can place fish on the deck without running to grab a wet towel or throw a few buckets of…

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Boating safety offences you should be aware of.

Holiday time is almost here and you can be sure boating and fisheries will be out on the water doing their stuff. I was having a chat to the fisheries guys a short while ago and asked them; What are the most common boating safety offences people make that are easily avoided? And they came…

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Store rods safely with these handy rod cleats

Australia would have to be one of the most over-regulated countries in the world. Keeping on top of the regulations and remaining safe while running a business in an efficient and effective way can be a challenge. Now I’m not knocking the brilliant safety record we have in this country and not trying to cause…

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Quick release cleat

How to catch barra; Anchor on the fish

Anchoring on the fish while live baiting for barramundi or other tropical species has never been easier than with these quick release clips. When live baiting, I like to anchor side on to fish holding locations, using bow and stern anchors. Not only can I fish four to five rods using this method, I can…

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