Author Archives: Ryan Moody

Hindsight is a wonderful thing

There’s a reason people say Hindsight is a Wonderful thing. And not just because you can learn from your mistakes and are unlikely to repeat them. Because let’s face it… Who doesn’t repeat their mistakes? How many times have you got fried sunburnt and swore never again – only to get fried sunburnt 6 months…

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Finding new spots at low tide

Finding new fishing spots reconnaissance

Finding new fishing spots is my favourite pastime. For land-based and inshore anglers, the best time to do reconnaissance is low tide. I know that sounds self-evident, but few people actually do this. I rarely go fishing without sussing out an area first. Be it in my boat with a sounder for offshore trips. Or…

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Living with crocodiles

Living with Crocodiles

Living with crocodiles in Northern Australia and other places they’re found, can be dangerous. But like tigers in India and lions in Africa, we can’t just go around killing everything that threatens us. Last year Karen went to Jim Corbett National Park in India to see a Tiger and was rewarded with this amazing experience:…

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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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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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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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