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Back from the Sydney International Boat Show

by Jarrod Day, FishingBoating-World Editor on 6 Aug 2013
Having walked the halls, nothing impressed me more than seeing at what length exhibitors had gone to Jarrod Day
I was certainly glad to have flown out of Melbourne this week, bound for the Sydney International Boat Show. No shortage of sunshine and magnificent weather, Sydney certainly turned it on.

Crowds flocked into the convention and exhibition centre keen to look at all the new 'boys toys' that were being unveiled. Outside, Darling Harbour was alive with boats, some as big as 'ships' all on show. A sight to see, these 'ships' were outstanding in every way.

Inside the convention centre building, an entire new world opened up. Stands scattered throughout the halls had many inquisitive folk lose track of their time very quickly. I must have walked from end to another countless times and my legs, well they can tell there own story.

Amongst the myriad of boats scattered throughout the halls, three stood out over the rest in my view. In the aluminum range, The Surtees 8.5 Game Fisher was truly a standout and had me in awe just at its sight. For the offshore angler, this boat is worth a serious look and is capable of taking anglers far beyond the realm of boating enabling those with a sense of adventure to broaden their horizons.


As for weaponry, imagine a boat with three, yes three, 300hp Mercury motors attached to the transom. That’s right, 900 horses and power to boot on the back of a Boston Whaler 370 Outrage, but it does come with a serious price tag as you’d expect. All it takes is a lot of petrol, a sense of adventure, boating confidence and the right weather to reach locations some anglers only dream about.

It wasn’t all about the big boys though; there were plenty of other smaller vessels to drool over. Stabicraft had three of their 'best sellers' on display, Stacer showed off their range along with Stessel, Quintrex and more. For an angler on the lookout for a new upgrade, there was certainly plenty to choose from, sticking to your budget may have posed a problem as the options were endless.

Having walked the halls, nothing impressed me more than seeing at what length exhibitors had gone to. Boats, motors, kayaks, ice boxes, PFD’s, Jet Ski’s, anchors, boat winches, sunglasses, and the list continues.

On the subject of sunglasses, I headed over to the Costa Del Mar stand to have a brief chat with James from Black Pete Marine about his range. To some, Sunglasses are sunglasses but when it comes to fishing, the right pair to wear is impeccable, especially when on the water.


While fishing is a major part of what we do at FBW, there are plenty of 'little' things that may go unnoticed but are a very important part of the entire fishing package.

Most avid fisherpersons in the boating world will by now all have a fish finder and or GPS.

GPS systems are essential for safety but can also enable anglers to find locations where fish maybe holding. Reading the bottom contour lines can tell you a lot about the area your fishing and subsequently show you reefs, steep inclines and natural made structure. With safety and navigating of up most importance, I sat down with Patrick from Navionics for a brief chat about their maps.

Today we have posted the first two of the many video interviews I did over the weekend. Over the coming weeks we will be posting a dozen more.

Check out the interview with Costa del Mar here and the interview with Navionics here.

Further more, the Sydney Boat Show was fantastic, while I was walking the halls, the rest of the team at FBW were still busy wetting a line.


During the run off season it is big lures that catch all the fish but as Lee explains, small lures are equally as effective.


Traditionally whiting are caught by those using bait but as Gary explains, they are also keen lures takers.


As Carl explains, this season is going to be huge.


Where once an old length of fishing line might have been used, more and more anglers are turning to using specific leader material as it has been proven to increase anglers catch rates. Especially in clear water and on finicky fish.


Until next week,

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