Category Archives: Fishing gear and tackle

Quantum Exo and Cabo... Reel Review

Quantum Exo and Cabo reel review

This post was meant to be a simple review of the gear I have been using lately and it’s ability to handle big barra. Then last week along comes an almighty northern bluefin tuna that dragged us 4.8 miles from hook up during a 2.25 hour fight. Seriously, at one stage I had the boat…

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Braid vs Mono

Barra Fishing Tip: Braid vs Mono for barra

Over the years I have been asked several times what I run on my rods, braid vs mono. Last month I did a short presentation for the opening of the new BCF Deeragun store Townsville and was asked the same question. Braid vs Mono Basically, to answer the braid vs mono question… I use mono…

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DIY drag washer service

D.I.Y. fishing reel service

Keeping your drag smooth with this step by step D.I.Y. fishing reel service. Have you ever lost a big fish to gear failure? Getting big fish to the boat for clients is my job and why I never leave anything to chance if I can help it. Sometimes we will fish all day chasing that…

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Drag maintenance.

Sticky Drag, Empty bag!

While most people ask me questions about where I fish and when, very few quiz me on tackle maintenance and gear performance yet this is one of the biggest players in getting that fish to the boat. As a fishing charter operator, I simply cannot afford to have clients lose big fish for avoidable reasons. Big…

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Reel photograph

Guides and Line Rollers

People often ask me the secret to landing big barra on such a consistent basis. Certainly being on the water day in day out helps. But it truly is the little things that make ALL the difference. I do a lot of behind the scenes maintenance, but I also use really simple practices that you…

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