Crocodiles in Northern Australia

Crocodiles in Northern Australia

Crocodiles in Northern Australia are a hot topic at the moment after a yacht skipper Andrew Heard was taken from his dingy by a croc. The attack happened at Hinchinbrook Island and was sadly fatal. We know from experience how powerful these animals can be after getting in a perspex cage with a 5.1 metre…

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Use whatever toppings you prefer to build out your fresh fish wrap.

Catch and Cook – Fish Wraps Recipe.

Next time you catch some fresh fish, try this catch and cook fish wraps recipe. It’s a quick and easy way to prepare fresh fish for the table and the kids will love it. Every catch and cook fresh fish recipe starts with the catching! For that we headed to Cooktown, in Far North Queensland.…

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Fishing as therapy for kids with medical conditions

Fishing as Therapy for Young Jessie Lawrence

Young Jesse Lawrence was diagnosed with the eye condition Keratoconus at age eight. He was looking down the barrel of a significant eye operation – so we thought a fishing trip chasing big barra might take his mind off it. Keratoconus is when the cornea is an odd shape which has rendered him nearly blind.…

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Fishing hook selection made easy

What fishing hook design should I use?

There are so many fishing hook types and designs on the market, so knowing which one to use can be daunting. Getting this right will increase your hook up rate as you’ll be using the right hook for your chosen fishing method. Because there are hundreds of hooks on the market, in this video I…

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Catch and cook Fingermark pan fried

Catch and Cook Golden Snapper

While we all love fishing, the catching is only part of the fun! Here we catch and cook Golden Snapper, a delicious food fish found near shore throughout northern Australia. And while we are ardent proponents of catch and release. That’s only after we have taken a fish for the table. Eating fresh fish has…

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Finding new spots Fishing Cairns

Fishing Cairns

In late 2020, we moved north and I started fishing Cairns and finding new spots. Our first trip we headed south, and found some good Wonky Holes holding  good Scarlet Sea Perch. On the second we headed north. The topic of this blog. While I have been fishing Cairns before in my marlin boat days,…

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Coral trout

Catching reef fish with shallow diving barra lures

This year during the barramundi closure we decided to do an experiment – catching reef fish on barra lures. It was after the moon when the deeper reef fish often go quiet, so we decided to give the shallow flats a go. The weather was an absolute glass so sight fishing was the order of…

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Maori Wrasse Top Water

Fishing Cooktown with stick baits and jigs.

Fishing Cooktown with jigs and stick baits can result in some BIG fish. There is so much variety fishing Cooktown as the reef is so close to the coast. The shallow reef flats are perfect for casting stick baits. This kind of fishing is true hunting and excitement PLUS as you watch the strike and…

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Spectacular Hinchinbrook Island

Hinchinbrook Island Circumnavigation

Hinchinbrook Island can be described as Jurassic Park meets Blue Lagoon. It is a prominent feature of the seascape off Cardwell and to say it is spectacular is an understatement. Covered by TWO world heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics, it abounds in natural beauty. Despite being pretty much de-leafed (is…

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Golden snapper are great eating and a fantastic sportsfish

Golden Snapper as a Barra alternative.

Golden Snapper (Fingermark bream) can be caught year round across northern Australia. Hence they provide a top fishing target during the Queensland barramundi closure. They are a top grade food fish and the larger specimens fight hard! Chasing Fingermark at Hinchinbrook Hinchinbrook is an amazingly scenic fishing destination. Some have described it as Jurassic Park…

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