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2011 Season Summary & Stats




We had a ball this season. Brett drove for the full season for the second year in a row, after being co Skipper the previous two. He has done a long apprenticeship, doing his first Cairns season in 1993. In fact in 2002, when the late Geoff Ferguson retired as Skipper of “Mistress”he recommended that Brett take over saying “he`s very very good and he`s going to get even better”. Geoff was correct. Brett puts in the effort, is in the Tower all day, fishes late,finds fish, and does a great job of driving on them.

Johnathon Lawrence from Alabama was No 1 Deckhand and Troy Ilic, and Rodney Van Der Heide split theNo2 role.Johnathon fishes Texas, the Bahamas,Florida, and South America, and he is right up with the best as a Deckhand.His baits are first rate,tackle never fails, and he can hang on to anything, but also more importantly knows when to let go.

Johnno is also a Computer wiz; he made edited, captioned Dvd`s incorporating both stills and video (From the 3 fixed cameras,Hatcam, and handhelds) set to music of our Tournament participation; for each Charter Party, and of the whole season.

Johhno assures us that he will be back next season, and we will be delighted to have him on the boat again

The season started early this year. The Boats that were fishing were catching fish all along the Reef from early September.

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BlueWater Magazine Boat Test – July/August 2001


By David Lockwood

You’ll fall in love with this Mistress – and it need not be under cloak-and-dagger secrecy. That’s right, even the wife would approve of such an extramarital affair of the heart. thus it was love at first sight for David Lockwood, who was charmed by the physical chemistry of this kiwi built gameboat.

A fighting chair, pair of riggers and teak deck don’t make a gameboat. The mark of a battlewagon these days seems to be, err, a five-star designer finish. Marble and granite, leather or Alcantara,

Italian chrome fittings and Art Deco or Aztec themes are all the rage. Add a plasma-screen television, a spread of whizzbang electronics, a couple of big diesels and a paid skipper -and there you have it.

Not so Mistress. A real gamefishing boat, it has no chintzy finishes; designer line~, imported toilet-brush holders, or interior decorator-driven fittings. Far from being a motel afloat, Mistress is a shrine to real fishing boats. It has timber joinery, brass portholes, overhead racks swinging heavy-tackle outfits… And it has romance.

Inside, the custom-made 49-footer exudes a traditional feel almost reminiscent of one of Bob and Dolly Dyer’s gracious old gameboats. But at the same time, the NZ-built Mistress packs the latest electronics and fishing gear including, need I say, a fighting chair, pair of riggers and teak deck.

Whichever way you look at it, Mistress is a good-looking gameboat. There’s no mistaking the sexy Carolina lines derived from a gentle flare in the bow, a hard chine and two strakes underwater, and a sheer that melts into the transom like a knob of butter on a slice of hot toast. And there’s no mistaking this is a handcrafted gameboat built with a lot of nous.


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Motor Yacht Magazine Boat Review – Feb 2001


By Barry Thompson

The Australian based owners had already enjoyed 10 years of cruising and game fishing out of Western Australia in a Senior designed 40 footer, so when it came to finding a replacement vessel they had no hesitation in calling up the talented kiwi designer and asking him to draw what they wanted. The request was for a game fishing boat for charter that would be big enough and tough enough to chase the marlin wherever they were.

The end result is a serious sportfishing boat, custom built by Allan Tongs Boatbuiders, complete with a tuna tower, game chair and a cockpit that includes a marlin door, tuna tubes and massive live bait tank. For fishing aficionados, Mistress has it all. The cockpit layout is specifically designed around sportfishing, hence the absence of a full width-boarding platform, rear scuppers or any obtrusions that might get in the way of the serious angler.

Wide flat teak coamings with the cockpit sides set well back are ideal for getting hard up against the hull to work the fish when tagging or gaffing and all cleats are recessed below large stainless hawsepipes. Unlike the conventional cruiser there are no lockers in the side or rear deck areas and the wide marlin door with its stainless marlin roller is set below the coamings. A clip-in stainless swim ladder can be added when guests are swimming or diving, although access to the tender is strictly up and over the low cockpit coaming.

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