Chase the barra in superb style
I have recently purchased a Formosa 550 Tomahawk hull, which I have found to be a sensational boat for barra and blue-water fishing in the Top End.
At 5.7m overall in length it is a great size that can not only handle offshore conditions with ease, but also is not too large to move around in the creeks and rivers.
I have had several trips across to Melville Island and it has performed extremely well.
It is easy to fish from in the creeks with ample floor space and it performs well in the open ocean when punching back to the boat ramp in a stiff 15-knot northwesterly sea breeze.
The hull has an incredible beam of 2.45m and high sides (floor to gunwale 670mm).
The 17-degree dead-rise hull and sides are constructed of durable high-tensile 4mm aluminium sheet and the hull features reverse chines for better stability and a softer, drier ride in offshore seas.
It also comes standard with a selfdraining deck, raised sheer line and sporty-looking, fastback transom featuring a walk-through door and solid ladder.
This boat comes with a custombuilt centre console that takes up little room and allows the owner to move around it with ease.
It has a large, forward
casting deck that not only has storage space for a 110-litre esky, but also has ample room to store safety gear and plenty of camping gear if needed.
It also has a large self-plumbed kill tank and 200 litres of fuel under the floor, which allows for a considerable range when travelling afar. I also have had spotlights fitted on the bow for fishing and travelling at night.
This boat is powered by an extremely reliable 150hp four-stroke Suzuki motor.
This motor is perfectly suited for this large hull and has plenty of power to lift the boat out of the hole.
It cruises at 50km/h at only 4400rpm and is extremely economical with my trip computer showing fuel usage of about 24 litres per hour at this speed.
The boat achieves a top speed of 70km/h when the motor is opened up to 6000rpm and trimmed out.
To top it off, the boat has been installed with a new Humminbird 1198c SI sounder/gps combo with a monstrous 10.4in screen.
This sounder with side and down imaging is easy to use and certainly makes fishing for barra in the rivers and creeks much easier.
The boat also has had a wrap installed by Signtech, which has come up looking sensational and cuts a fine figure out on the water.
A similar rig can be purchased from Quality Marine for about $60,000. Give Theo Kosmidis or Harry Rakkas a call on 8947 2066.