Author Archives: Karen Rudkin

Wonky hole with big reds on down image

Finding red emperor and nannygai using down imaging fish finder

Finding red emperor and scarlet sea perch (nannygai) in a big ocean can be a challenge. Red emperor, scarlet sea perch (along with coral trout) are collectively known as reds and are all prized sports fish and top-grade food fish. Red emperor and nannygai are common residents of underground springs that we call Wonky Holes.…

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drink like a fish

Do you drink like a fish?

Last week I was digging through my old marine biology papers, and found one I wrote many years ago titled… “Osmoregulation in euryhaline teleost fishes with emphasis on the role of chloride cells.” Now that sounds really boring… But I think it’s actually pretty interesting and here’s a bit of fish trivia for you. Did…

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red tide algal boom is not coral spawn

Trichodesmium blooms are often confused with coral spawn.

Seasoned anglers at one stage or other, will probably have encountered a grey, red, or brown slick on the ocean surface, usually assumed to be coral spawn. Chances are the culprit is actually a naturally occurring algal bloom called Trichodesmium. Trichodesmium is often present in the water column of tropical ocean waters, especially during the warmer…

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Barra Fishing Tips: 3 key elements you MUST get right to catch barramundi

There are three key elements you must get right to catch more barramundi. Working it out however is not that easy! Let me explain. In my first year of uni I struck up friendship with my university lecturer Dr. Catherine Pickering. A botanist. I started working for her as a research assistant on alpine plants,…

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How to become a fish whisperer.

Barra Fishing Tips: How To Become A Fish Whisperer.

Have you heard the saying 20% of fishers catch 80% of the fish? I have and while I’m not sure on the exact stats (there probably aren’t any), I know from fishing for years that it certainly seems true. There are always a couple of guys on facebook, or in the local tackle shop competition,…

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Ryan looking at sounder

Why spinning around is so bloody important!

Sounder skills; I expose the secret to Ryan’s extraordinary success with big barramundi! 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 to go somewhere. But there is method to his madness. Ryan Moody explains… The main…

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Catching Big Barra | Fishing action #6

Ryan Moody is the master of catching Big Barra as he has caught more metre plus saltwater barramundi than anyone on the planet. Big barra 6 is our latest installment in the Ryan Moody Big Barramundi series shot in 2013 and showcasing some of the highlights of Hooked on Hinchinbrook charters – demonstrating how fabulous…

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