New Hobie Pro Angler a winner

Local kayak anglers are looking forward to having their first look at Hobie's much-anticipated Mirage Pro Angler 12 this weekend.

Powered by Hobie's unique MirageDrive system, the Pro Angler 12 is the brand new little brother of the Pro Angler 14, which has been a very popular fishing kayak both in Australia and across the entire fishing world.

Rowley are Unreel

Western Australia is blessed to boast some of the fishiest places on earth.

Indeed, people often ask me what is the best fishing spot in WA, which is actually a very hard question to answer.

So much depends on individual tastes and different areas suit different anglers.

However, dream locations like the Monte Bello Islands, Exmouth, Abrolhos Islands, Mackerel Islands, and just about anywhere in the Kimberley spring to mind in these sorts of discussions.

All Boats for caravans

All Boat Business in Kingsley has a new string to its bow and a brand new name to match.

It is now known as All Boats and Caravans, having this week broadened its retail base to include caravans.

All Boat Business has been one of Perth's leading marine retailers for almost eight years, selling new and second-hand boats and also boasting a full chandlery and tackle shop, catering for all your marine needs.

Now it is also catering for the onroad traveller as well. To celebrate the change, it is holding a Country to Coast, Boat and Caravan Extravaganza that continues until next Sunday.

Made for Leisure

Leading Perth boat builder LeisureCat has a couple of exciting new additions to its range.

Famous for its power cats that are popular with local anglers, LeisureCat has added a new top-of-the-line family cruiser and also a high-speed patrol craft. The two boats showcase the versatility and broad range LeisureCat offers, and both are in Perth and ready to be tested on the water.

Keen to offer a boat that would satisfy both those looking for comfort on the water and those who want to do some serious fishing, owner Kevin Horsley has come up with the LeisureCat 350 Sportscruiser.

Lowrance pays its way

Working their electronics paid a rich dividend for Team Skeeter anglers Josh Batterson and Matt Webb when they were crowned the winners of the 2012 Berkeley and Evinrude Team Series (BETS) Bream Tournament Grand Final that was held on Sydney’s Darling Harbour last month.

Getaway with Hobie

Getaway Outdoors is the new WA dealer for the fantastic range of Hobie kayaks.

Hobie has gone through several dealer changes locally in recent years, but all Getaway stores now stock the full range of kayaks and accessories, making them the one-stop shop for anyone who wants to buy a Hobie, or who already owns one.

With their unique MirageDrive system that enables hands-free kayaking, Hobie kayaks have quickly developed a huge following in Australia and across the globe. The Hobie range caters for adventure touring, family kayaking, and serious fishing.

Plastic fantastic

Plastic boats are nothing new, but the new breed of polyethylene vessels are really starting to gain a foothold in WA.

And why wouldn’t they – they are virtually indestructible, make great workhorses and are damn hard to sink, making them perfect for many uses locally. My first encounter with an imported Poly Longboat was at a remote Kimberley fishing camp last year.

Boat storage stacks up

Summer is over and for some Perth people that means putting their boat in mothballs until the warmer weather returns.

That’s not to say there aren’t some great days for boating at this time of year, but some owners just want to put their pride and joy away in a safe place for a few months and know it will be ready to go again when they are.

For an increasing number of boat owners, limited space at their residence and the shortage of on-water moorings in the metro area mean they need to find another option, other than just leaving it at a friend’s house and hoping for the best.