Large mouth nannygai

Wonky hole facts

Wonky Holes are underwater springs exiting from the sea floor. They were given the name wonky holes by the northern trawlermen who used to lose their gear and sometimes capsize their boats. This occurs as the otter boards dig in, pulling from the outriggers and over she goes. Hence, they can often be found near…

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Leader size for big barra

Leader size for Big Barra

They say size doesn’t matter but in today’s video on leader size I am going to tell you otherwise – because landing big barramundi consistently takes a little bit of luck and a whole lot of prior preparation. Too often I have people come on charter to catch that fish of a lifetime and their…

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Guides and Line Rollers

People often ask me the secret to landing big barra on such a consistent basis. Certainly being on the water day in day out helps. But it truly is the little things that make ALL the difference. I do a lot of behind the scenes maintenance, but I also use really simple practices that you…

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Big fish don’t move!

Over my years on the water catching barra with my fishing charters, I have noticed a distinct pattern with re-captured fish. In the earlier days when I didn’t have grey hair, we caught many smaller barra as part of tagging programs. With these smaller barra, I noticed that many of them were tagged between 100…

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How to remove box jellyfish in your castnet.

With venom one of the deadliest in the world, it’s unfortunate when you get box jellyfish in your castnet. Because I know only too well how unpleasant it is to be stung! Usually getting hit a couple of times per season – mostly minor of course. For those unfamiliar with a box jellyfish, these critters inhabit…

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Cardwell Crocodile no dog eater

Poor old Bruiser/Bismark the Cardwell Crocodile is in the news again, although I suspect witnesses could have got it wrong. I have personally seen this bloke cruise up and down the beach while I am walking my dog, while people are casting nets for bait and fishing on the waters edge. Personally, I have never…

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Stabbed in the leg by a sting-ray!

Stabbed in the leg by a sting-ray!!! Ever wondered what to do next? Well I found out first hand last Saturday when it actually happened to ME. Let me tell you the story… Last Saturday while gathering bait on a beach near Townsville I caught a 50cm bull-ray and about 6 mullet in the cast…

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Brilliant tip for easy fish filleting!

With barra season upon us, now might be the time to revisit a fish filleting video we made at Easter last year. This simple trick will make fish filleting a whole lot easier! It also ensures you get the maximum amount of flesh off the bones and onto the fillet. The trick is to start…

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Ryan looking at sounder

Ryan’s secret when using a sounder to find fish.

I this blog I demonstrate Ryan’s little secret when using a sounder to find fish. Because sounder skills are the secret to Ryan’s extraordinary success with trophy fish! Actually I (his wife) am totally taking the piss at his annoying habit of stopping the boat and spinning around 50 times every time we are trying…

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Hinchinbrook Fishing: How to catch a 125cm barra!

A 125cm barramundi is a trophy fish and a fish of lifetime. Graham Phillips is the angler and James Pascoe the rather excited fellow in the background. Twas a day of horrible weather, the barometer not much chop and my confidence a little low – so much so that I almost cancelled at the boatramp! Lucky I…

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