Boating

Good-quality catches around Cairns

large-mouth nannygai

We have experienced varying success on spanish mackerel, and mackerel numbers seem to be down a little. However plenty of large fish in the 15-20kg range have been reported. Our best effort was a monster 35kg specimen that gave one lucky angler a real fight. We normally put a floater or live bait out while at anchor and troll lures …

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Sea Jay 520 Velocity Sports

In terms of storage, there is a shelf in the console and room underneath to stretch your legs or stow anything that you want kept within easy reach. Side pockets on either side of the boat also make sure additional items are kept secure and out of the way, leaving your boat clutter-free for fishing. There is bulk storage under …

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Quintrex Trident Hard Top review

I’m similar to Goldilocks I guess, I don’t like my boats too big or too small, so the 650 Trident HT felt just right. I spent most of my time in this boat and finished with a wealth of appreciation for the work that has gone into designing and making this range so impressive. Despite four blokes in the boat, …

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Moda Marine BV7000 Black Diamond

Summary The Moda Marine Black Diamond BV7000 is a superbly designed fishing and family boat with carefully thought out inclusions and a high standard of construction. www.modamarine.com.au

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Procraft 6.2 Walkaround review

Another thing worth mentioning is that Procraft fibreglass boats are backed by a five-year fibreglass warranty from The Haines Group, which should instil buyer confidence. As well as this you are getting an Australian manufactured boat designed for our conditions. Since my original test, there have been a few developments with the Procraft 6.2 Walkaround and it now also comes in …

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Refinements to Bluefin 4.8 Barracuda

While not specifically designed as an offshore boat, with the right weather and safety gear I would confidently head offshore, say out of Mooloolaba and chance a few longtails. Conversely, this boat would be even more at home on the inshore, bay and estuary scene. Other features I like include the large side pockets, big front casting deck, fully welded …

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Surtees 5.5 a Sweet Little Cabin Boat

I AM a very patriotic Australian but need to give credit where credit is due. The rear facing seats could double as a spot to put the kids when under way or a great place to sit back and relax while you fish. It has a rear bench seat that would probably be an even better place to put the kids or crew when under way. The internal design is pretty functional, maximising the room …

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AMM small boat review

A bit of room between the console and casting deck is an ideal place for an Esky. Depending on how you intend to use the boat, you could extend the casting platform so it wraps around the Esky. I guess that is the main advantage of having the boat specifically set up how you want, which is what the guys …

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Sea-Rod 520 side console review

As mentioned, this is the smallest of the Offshore Side Console models, with others between 5.7m and 6.75m overall length. So if you are after a big boat with good performance and heaps of fishing room, it would be worthwhile checking out the Sea-Rod range. Another positive is they are Australian built for our harsh conditions. I was very impressed with the quality of work and in particular the welds. The wide gunwales are fully …

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