Category Archives: Barra Fishing Tips

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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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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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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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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Barra comp winner Col with a 115

Barra Competition Duel with son Col.

Well the barra season in Queensland has ended for another year, but not before I had a father son barra competition with my son Col. Running a business and travelling a lot means I don’t get to spend as much time with my kids as I’d like. Seems only yesterday we took this pic. Now…

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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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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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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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Annual boat maintenance on our Black Watch 40 game boat

Online fishing courses – Living the Dream

Would you believe it’s almost the end of the decade, (depending which logic you use, year 0 or year 1) and hasn’t 2020 been a doozy!! If you’re anything like us, realizing that struck a bit of a chord. Cast your mind back to ten years ago. What were you doing in 2010? How old…

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Fishing for barra in Darwin

Fishing for barra in Darwin

I have been asked many times in recent years if fishing for Barra in Darwin is the same as on the east coast. In my experience, I have found them to have pretty much exactly the same habits everywhere. The only difference is you get a smaller window to have a crack at them aggregating…

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