Ben Collins

Ben Collins

Sojourn to the Swains – part three

swains

THIS is the final piece of my three-part series on an epic Swain Reefs fishing trip. If you have missed either of the first two parts, you can find free digital copies of the articles at issuu.com/bnbfishing To give you a brief rundown on the adventure so far, Wilson Fishing compiled a motley crew to test some of their awesome …

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Isuzu MU-X review

MU-X

AFTER testing the new Isuzu D-MAX several months ago, an opportunity arose to try out the top-of-the-range Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4X4, so I jumped at it. The MU-X comes in three models starting with the base LS-M, moving up to the LS-U and finally the top-spec LS-T, all of which are powered by the ever-reliable three-litre turbo-diesel engine, which is …

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Sojourn to the Swains – part two

swain

FOR those who missed last month’s part one article, I recently embarked on the trip of a lifetime with a crew put together by Wilson Fishing. We went on a Swain Reef adventure chasing everything from big GTs to awesome-looking coral trout and everything in between. The aim of this trip was to destroy some fishing gear (well, test its …

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Exploratory sojourn to Swain Reefs

swain reefs gt

A FISHING trip to Swain Reefs had been on my bucket list for many years and was continually reinforced each time I read a BNB scribe’s epic trip report. As mentioned in last month’s editorial, I got the call up to accompany a select crew put together by Wilson Fishing including Troy (Dicko) Dixon, Clint Fannin, a number of tackle …

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Aquamaster 420 Runabout – boat review

aquamaster 420 runabout boat review

THOUGH I had seen plenty of Aquamaster boats over the years at ramps and boat shows, I had not had the pleasure of testing one out, so when Rod from Australian Marine Centre asked the question, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only did a boat test allow me to get out of the office, but we decided to launch …

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Stealth fishing tactics key to success

stealth fishing poly

WHEN it comes to lure fishing, I believe topwater luring is the most exciting. Belting out a lure as far as you can over a shallow bank or the edge of a spotted mackerel school in Moreton Bay and then working it back to the boat as you wait for that explosion of water… it gets the heart pumping and …

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Sea Jay 5.38 Avenger Sports a stunner

Avenger Sports

IT’S often said in the marine industry there is no substitute for length, and that is certainly the case with Sea Jay’s new 5.38 Avenger Sports model. The Sea Jay Avenger Sports line-up already looked pretty good, with models ranging from 4.25m to 4.88m, but this new 5.38m example has raised the bar again. Not only is it half a …

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Horizon 515 Northerner review

GOLD Coast boat building company Horizon Boats has hit the mark delivering quality sportfishing boats with the new-for-2018 Northerner range. The Northerner line-up consists of six models ranging in size from 4.15m to 5.4m, giving anglers plenty of choice when deciding on a boat. Already a popular choice for keen fishos, the Northerner has seen a few upgrades for all …

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Isuzu D-Max delivers on all fronts

Isuzu

I’M sure plenty of readers, especially those in the trucking industry, are familiar with the Isuzu brand. This name has been synonymous with truck engines for over 100 years, however what you may not be aware of is the brand has also been producing diesel engines for 80 years. This is a pretty good pedigree in the engine-manufacturing game, especially …

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Stessco Catcher 449 Limited review

Catcher 449

AS much as it is awesome fun to run around in flash big new rigs for boat reviews, sometimes it is good to get back into something that would suit a mix of boaters from the first-timer to the hard-core fisho and crabber. In this instance I’m referring to the Stessco Catcher. For many years, the 4.3m Stessco Catcher was …

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