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Proserpine Dam Barramundi

Smashed by Proserpine Dam Barramundi

On our way back from Rockhampton last month we decided to try for some Proserpine Dam Barramundi. Prossie Dam is notorious for big barra and where we filmed most of our Impoundment Module for Barra Basics.  Back then, Karen had to jump in to untangle a big 120 cm fish from the weeds. And in…

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King Threadfin

Smashed by King Threadfin in Rockhampton

King Threadfin are one of the most underrated sportsfish in my opinion. They grow big and have a powerful thrusting tail that rips line off your reel in a screaming frenzy. King Threadfin are unpredictable fighters. They duck and weave and can also jump on occasion. I recall late in my charter career on a…

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Nice coral trout caught jigging for reef fish

Slow-pitch Jigging for reef fish

We got smashed jigging for reef fish off Cooktown on our last trip. Now that we live in Cairns, Cooktown is only a few hours up the road and the reef is so close. On this trip we took my old mate Ruffy and his partner Chris. Both are super keen anglers.   On her…

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Preparing for our boat adveture

Delivery Day: Preparing for our Boat Adventure

This week we had a delivery day from Garmin preparing for our boat adventure. Because as some of you may know we are planning some big trips in our game boat Mood Swings.   It has always been our intention to travel in her to remote destinations with the new Blue Boat in tow. But it…

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Crocodiles need management in Australia

Crocodile Management

Crocodile Management in Australia is the responsibility of the States. In Queensland, the Crocodile Management Plan is the current document. In the NT however, the State Government is responsible (see details here). Except in areas like Kakadu, which are under Federal Government jurisdiction. The aim of crocodile management is simple. To reduce the risk of…

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Nannygai (Scarlet Sea Perch) fillets

Fish Filleting – Progress Not Perfection

OK so this blog about Fish Filleting is twofold. To show you how I fillet a fish leaving one side on and… To give you a life lesson in starting before you’re ready and slowly but steadily creating a life of your dreams. As many of you may know, was a charter fishing guide catching…

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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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