Essentials on a remote camping trip

There are some major items which are absolutely essential on a remote camping trip.

Protection from the elements when sleeping in the form of a tent or swag, cooking gear/utensils and food storage are just some of things that you can’t afford to leave behind.

And then there are the little things that are not so necessary, but which make camp life so much more comfortable and soon become a must-have.

I’ve been camping for a number of years now, but each year I seem to collect one or two more things which have made my life so much better when I am ‘roughing’ it.

Boat safety

There is nothing more important than safety when on the water.

Whether it be heading out fishing, going for a family cruise or a spot of water skiing, getting home safely should always be the top priority.

Things can go wrong every quickly on the water, as the number of fatalities in recent years has showed, but there are a number of things you can do to make sure you will be safe, even in the event of an unexpected emergency.

Of course, there are rules and regulations governing what safety gear you need to carry on a boat – including things like flares, life jackets and EPIRB.

Experienced yak angler Shane Owens puts the new 2018 Pro Angler 14s through its paces

The recent national kayak fishing championships in Mandurah gave local anglers the chance for a sneak peek at the new 2018 Hobie Pro Angler 14.

For so long the acknowledged market leader in specialised fishing kayaks, Hobie continues to raise the bar with its 2018 Pro Angler 14s.

A decade ago the original Pro Angler revolutionised fishing kayaks with a design which provided everything the serious angler could want and Hobie has simply kept fine tuning the PA ever since to make sure it remains the ultimate fishing kayak.

The State Government has made $1.5 million in grants available for WA

The State Government is calling for applications for funding to improve recreational boating facilities in Western Australia and wants boat owners to have their say on where the money would be best spent.

Round 23 of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme is now open, with up to $1.5 million available through grants for new and improved recreational boating infrastructure across the the State.

The grants are partially funded by boat registration fees.

Enabling people to enjoy fishing who otherwise wouldn’t be able to

Great news for those who love to fish but are restricted from doing so, with the WA-based Fishability program gaining a significant boost in funding recently.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly recently announced that the McGowan Government had increased Fishability funding by 25 per cent to $100,000.

This wonderful community-based charity continues to develop fishing programs for people with disability and relies on the generosity of a hard-working band of volunteers to maintain a service which reflects the great joy the simple act of wetting a line can provide for people of all ages and abilities.

Minn Kota Terrova set to revolutionise offshore fishing

They've been popular elsewhere in the world for some time, but Australian boaters are just starting to catch on to the benefits of electric motors for offshore fishing.

In Australia, small electric motors have long been associated with estuary and impoundment fishing, used for stealth fishing in still water for species like murray cod, trout and black bream.

However, the advent of spot-lock systems utilising GPS technology on electric motors has opened up a whole new world of offshore fishing opportunities which are sure to appeal to local anglers.

Al McGlashan offering expert tips on Club Marine TV

Leading marine insurer Club Marine continues to add new services and products to help make the boating experience even better.

Club Marine is Australia’s largest provider of pleasure craft insurance and has been servicing the insurance needs of local boaters for more than 50 years.

It differs from many other insurance providers in that policy holders become a member of a club and receive an individual card that entitles them to a whole range of exclusive services and benefits, like Club Marine Assist and delivery of its popular boating magazine.

It has also added a Club Marine app and Club Marine TV to further expand the level of information at the fingertips of boaters and members.

Saving the Canal Rocks Boat Ramp

Recfishwest is calling on the recreational fishing community to sign an online petition to save the Canal Rocks Boat Ramp.

The future of the ramp has been a contentious issue in recent weeks, with revelations it is earmarked for closure due to safety concerns following a feasibility study commissioned by the previous Liberal State Government.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), formerly DPaW from 2013 and prior to that part of DEC from 2006 onwards, is considering closing the ramp, but their plan has met with strong opposition from water users who believe the ramp is important to the region.

Leading the chorus of disapproval is Recfishwest, the peak body for recreational fishing in WA.