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Coral trout caught during a weather window for fishing

Weather window for fishing

When a weather window for fishing during the trade winds opens up you’ve just got to take it! The trade-winds have been blowing here in North Queensland for what seems like months! So when they eased off for a few days we jumped at the opportunity to go on a little fishing adventure. When a…

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Fishing with slow pitch jigs and stick baits

Stick baits and jigs – fishing lure research and development

Stick baits and jigs are one of my favorite forms of lure fishing. Because with stick baits you can manipulate the retrieve, the depth and also use them on the surface. Plus they can be used in a way that you use vibes. At times they are even better because most soft vibes fall flat,…

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Garlic butter trout on the beach BBQ.

Garlic Butter Trout Catch and Cook

Garlic butter trout is the subject of episode 2 of this catch and cook. Well, it’s actually more about the cooking. Since we covered the catching in a previous blog called Getting Smashed in Cooktown. Recap of gear used… Electronics GARMIN 8412 and GT51 transducer. (find out why >>here) Spin Rod: Quantum Smoke Inshore 621BC Reel:…

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Fishing the Fitzroy for barramundi

Fishing the Fitzroy for Barramundi

Fishing the Fitzroy net free zones for Barramundi and King Threadfin is certainly a ton of fun! The addition of a net free zone in Rockhampton has protected fish stocks from netting and created a recreational anglers paradise. They are dubbing it the Barra Capital of Australia! We headed down to Rocky intending on Fishing…

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Installing the LVS32 Livescope forward facing transducer

Installing the Livescope Transducer

In Episode 3 of our boat slipping saga, we fix more mistakes and install our new Livescope Transducer (LVS32). If you missed the first two episodes you can watch them here >> EP1 and EP2. To recap, we took the boat for a pre-haul outrun, then pulled her out discovering a few “issues”. Before drilling…

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Haul out for annual boat maintenance

Essential boat maintenance tasks

Episode 2 in our essential boat maintenance series kicks off with us hauling Mood Swings out. You can watch Episode 1 here. We arrived at the boatyard at 6 am due to the tide. The goal is to get her in the slings with minimal tidal run and enough depth to get up the creek.…

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Annual boat maintenance

Annual Boat Maintenance for Mood Swings

For those that follow us on social media, you’d know we pulled Mood Swings out for annual boat maintenance last week. Typically this involves a haul out and slipping the boat. It also typically involves going way over the budget! Because after you have pulled her out, a ton of new items get found. And…

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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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