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Fish hook accidents - happens to the best of them!

I’m Hooked – Fish hook accidents

Earlier this year, after 30 years on charter I had MY FIRST EVER fish hook accident. For those not on social media, here is a quick outline of the events. I was filming some new content for the land based component of our course Barra Basics with my son. Nek Minut the big local croc…

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Coral trout underwater

Best fishing rig for coral trout

When bottom bashing over heavy structure, the best fishing rig for coral trout in my opinion is a free running rig. What fishing rig to use in different applications is super important and something few people get right. Mostly because what happens under the water in different conditions has never been explained. For example, when…

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Electric motor support bracket

Electric motor support bracket

After years watching my electric motor bash the deck when we hit chop, I’m surprised I never thought to add an electric motor support bracket. Electric motors are in my view one of the best inventions since sliced bread. But boy do they cop a pounding. Perched on the front of the boat, it gets…

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Custom Boat Pros and Cons

Late last year we ordered a custom built boat from BMENQ in Cairns. We sold the good old barra boat when I retired from charters because we needed something a little more chop friendly. In between we bought and sold a 5.6 m Bonito as a stop gap. Mostly so we could do some filming…

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Lizard island is a fantastic base to explore nearby islands north of Cooktown.

Lizard Island

Back in the days before COVID-19 we decided to go to Lizard island for a couple of weeks. The Lizard Island area of the Great Barrier Reef is very dear to my heart. I spent a decade of my youth on the game boats catching marlin. It had been 20 years or more since I…

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What sounder should I buy.

What sounder should I buy?

Over all our social media channels, email and messages, we probably get asked, “What sounder should I buy?” about 10-15 times a day. MYTH BUSTER… Funnily enough, that question in itself is not that helpful when looking for a new sounder/fish finder. Ask instead, “What transducer will suit me best?” I am amazed at the…

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Fishing as a hobby can yield catches like this massive fish for teenager Jack.

Fishing as a hobby has amazing benefits

Fishing as a hobby has some amazing benefits, which is why I have always encouraged my kids to come fishing with me! Hoping they will get as addicted to it as I have been. Fishing as a hobby (or in my case a lifestyle) can benefit humans in so many ways… • Great exercise. Walking…

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water over the bow during a storm at sea

Storms at sea in small boats – real life stories

Last week on our return to Cairns from holidays, we were caught unawares by an electrical storm at sea. One minute it was just wind and rain, and we felt pretty safe in our Black Watch 40, Mood Swings. Nek Minit – lightning flashed all around. To make it worse, the clear zipper ripped and we…

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Fishing with kids to catch a big barra.

Making memories fishing with kids

Fishing with kids is both challenging and hilarious. Earlier this year we did a delightful blog post with our 7 year old neighbor Mason. We met Mason at the ANZAC day dawn service after he confidently approached us exclaiming, “Hi Ryan Moody, I watch all your videos” before parroting “I’m Ryan Moody helping you fish…

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Black Watch 40 game boat

Online fishing course lifestyle

Would you believe it’s almost the end of the decade and our online fishing courses have been going strong since 2014. If you’re anything like us, realizing that struck a bit of a chord. Cast your mind back to ten years ago. What were you doing then? How old were you? What has this past…

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