Category Archives: Fishing gear and tackle

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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What sounder should I buy.

What sounder should I buy?

Over all our social media channels, email and messages, we probably get asked, “What sounder should I buy?” about 10-15 times a day. MYTH BUSTER… Funnily enough, that question in itself is not that helpful when looking for a new sounder/fish finder. Ask instead, “What transducer will suit me best?” I am amazed at the…

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Fishing Reel cleaning and maintenance

Fishing Reel cleaning and maintenance

Today I’m going to cover an often overlooked aspect to your fishing, namely rod and reel cleaning and maintenance. As a charter boat skipper for 30 years, I used to go through a ton of gear and over time it costs a lot of money. So the best bet is to look after it. It’ll…

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Garmin Echomap Ultra fish finder

GARMIN ECHOMAP Ultra review

In this fish finder review, we take a look at the GARMIN echoMAP Ultra 105 and 125 sonar units. As followers of this blog will know, I’m a huge Garmin fan, although I have used Lowrance, Furuno and Humminbird in the past. It doesn’t really matter what brand you prefer. Far more important than the…

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Choosing the right sinker size for estuary fishing

Choose the right sinker size

You’ll catch more fish if you choose the right sinker size. If you fish too heavy, fish will feel the weight and drop the bait before they’re hooked. Too light and you won’t be on the bottom. It’s critical to choose the right sinker size and get your bait on the bottom when fishing for…

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Metre plus barramundi on a handcrafted timber lure

Making timber lures that work

It’s one thing making timber lures, quite another to make ones that catch big fish. No-one knows this better than master lure craftsman Dave Killalea – now operating under the name Old Dog Lures. I have caught over 2000 massive metre plus barra in my time, many on a Dave Killalea lure. When making a…

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Fixing cracked rod tip with Ryan Moody

Rod tip repair with Mason

A couple of days ago I met 7 year old Mason at the dawn service and noticed his rod tip was in need of a rod tip repair. But we before we continue I’d like to share some great news! From 6-12th May we are having a May Madness sale and reducing the price of…

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How to tie a running rig for snapper and carp with a blood knot

Running rigs: how to tie plus when and where to use one!

  Today I’m going to talk about the humble old running rig. But before you switch off and think “I know how to tie that”; using this rig has a time and place and I regularly see people getting it wrong! So not only am I going to show you how to tie a running rig,…

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Water removed from outboard fuel system

Water in your outboard motor can be costly

Last month I ended up with some water in my outboard motor. It was a costly exercise as the fuel system had to be stripped down, the water removed and all filters replaced. Check your water trap! In 30 years of charters I had never encountered this issue before because I am usually very diligent…

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Best time of year to catch a barramundi

Best time of year for barramundi fishing

I wish I got a dollar every time someone asks, What is the best time of year for barramundi fishing?” Mostly from people who want to book a charter and come at the best time. Or also from anglers towing their boat long distances for a fishing holiday and want to maximise their chance of…

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