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Lifestyle : 2010 Sydney International Boatshow
1HERSA1 S008 We can t promise you the ability to roar noisily around the harbour or Pittwater, but we can offer a re ned, smooth ride at around 20 km/h with stability and comfort rarely found in today s mass-built boats. At 7.45m (24.5 ) in length, the Coopersloop is a substantial boat with plenty of room for families or up to 12 friends to relax and cruise in style, and enjoy time together in a safe, roomy and open environment. The Coopersloop is designed in Europe and powered by a reliable, economical Yanmar 29 hp diesel that consumes less than 3 litres of fuel per hour. Our hand- built boats feature crafted teak, 316 stainless steel, and a range of equipment and quality inclusions you won t believe for the price. For owners wishing to customize the appearance of their boat, we offer the Coopersloop in a wide range of different hull colours with the ability to match interior trim and Sunbrella hood fabrics to individual tastes. A range of special options are also available to make your Coopersloop even more luxurious. With gorgeous demonstration boats now awaiting you on the marina at the Sydney Boat Show, why not bring the family and see why these truly unique boats are taking Europe by storm? Two fabulous models are available from just $69,000. The ultimate European day-boat For more information visit: www.coopersloop.com.au or call Duncan Stewart on 0418 350 220 The Coopersloop 745 is not super fast. But it is rather comfortable. VISIT US ON THE MARINA 8 July 24-25, 2010 smh.com.au SPECIAL REPORT CASTOFSTARS FISHING GURU MEGAN JOHNSTON A celebrity chef, a rock musician, a top cricketer --- Craig McGill has had plenty of big fish as clients. All-star cast . . . fishing guide Craig McGill with a mullaway; noted chef Tetsuya Wakuda (below). Veteran fishing guide Craig McGill has passed on his angling skills to thousands of others in nearly two decades on Sydney's waterways. But, on the odd occasion, a client has turned around and taught him a thing or two. Like the time he took out restaurateur Tetsuya Wakuda who, on their return to shore, created a memorable impromptu meal. Wakuda took a John Dory he had caught, filleted it, cut out the liver and made a paste from it with wasabi, soy and mirin. He then dipped the raw flesh into the liver sauce. ''It was instant and it was so good to see him do it,'' says McGill, who owns two custom-made centre- console aluminium boats and is acquiring a third. Other celebrities his company Fishabout Tours has hosted include the former governor-general Michael Jeffery, INXS guitarist Tim Farriss and former cricketer Matthew Hayden. He has also hosted television presenters Ernie Dingo, Rex Hunt and Mike Whitney. ''Most of them are pretty down-to-earth people,'' McGill says of his well-known clientele. McGill's relaxed attitude is no surprise given the thousands of hours he has spent cruising local waterways since 1992. That was the year he started running tours after realising no recreational guides were working the harbour. The 43-year-old has fished for as long as he can remember, first as a child at his grandfather's property on the north coast and later on the harbour with his father. The hobby led to a brief career as a shipwright before he set up his business, which now employs six people from an office in Brookvale and sells a popular DVD range. McGill and his fellow guides also take small groups to the Northern Territory and overseas destinations such as PNG and Alaska. Customers on local tours include anglers of all ages wanting to improve their craft or treat themselves to a fishing day with friends or family. McGill reckons half are repeat clients. ''I love it when you get back to the jetty and the customers are fired up because they've had such a good day.'' Regular fishing grounds include middle, lower and north harbours and sometimes the Hawkesbury. Tours start from Roseville, the Spit or other spots on request such as the Opera House or even private homes. Summer is the busiest period, which is best for pelagics and game fish such as kingfish, tuna and salmon using squid and lures. In winter the focus is on quality eating fish such as John Dory, blackfish and flathead using seaweed and cut and live bait. He estimates his strike rate is about 90 per cent. ''In summertime we're more chasing fish. We'll be using more active fishing and moving about a lot,'' he says. ''Wintertime is more subdued fishing. You're at anchor with smaller boats and not moving about as much.'' McGill reckons the fishing in the harbour is the best it has been in 30 years. Measures such as off- shore sewage outlets, improved stormwater storage, cleaner industry, a bar on the anti-fouling agent TBT and the ban on commercial fishing have all played their part, though dietary restrictions still apply. 'We're getting kingfish up around a metre now and the salmon have come back in thick schools.'' McGill still fishes for pleasure, preferably for freshwater species. He admits long days and early starts can be tiring but he never gets sick of his job. ''I love sea life, examining the waterways and seeing the different interactions,'' he says. ''I just love the whole picture.'' Sydney tours cost about $210 per person per day depending on group numbers. Phone (02) 9451 5420 or see fishabouttours.com.au.
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