Category Archives: Fishing tips and tricks

Finding new spots at low tide

Finding new fishing spots reconnaissance

Finding new fishing spots is my favourite pastime. For land-based and inshore anglers, the best time to do reconnaissance is low tide. I know that sounds self-evident, but few people actually do this. I rarely go fishing without sussing out an area first. Be it in my boat with a sounder for offshore trips. Or…

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Living with crocodiles

Living with Crocodiles

Living with crocodiles in Northern Australia and other places they’re found, can be dangerous. But like tigers in India and lions in Africa, we can’t just go around killing everything that threatens us. Last year Karen went to Jim Corbett National Park in India to see a Tiger and was rewarded with this amazing experience:…

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Electric motor support bracket

Electric motor support bracket

After years watching my electric motor bash the deck when we hit chop, I’m surprised I never thought to add an electric motor support bracket. Electric motors are in my view one of the best inventions since sliced bread. But boy do they cop a pounding. Perched on the front of the boat, it gets…

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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 with kids to catch a big barra.

Making memories fishing with kids

Fishing with kids is both challenging and hilarious. Earlier this year we did a delightful blog post with our 7 year old neighbor Mason. We met Mason at the ANZAC day dawn service after he confidently approached us exclaiming, “Hi Ryan Moody, I watch all your videos” before parroting “I’m Ryan Moody helping you fish…

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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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Removing salt spray on sunglasses can be a real pain in the butt

Salt spray on sunglasses is the bane of every small boat angler.

As a professional fishing guide for 30 years, I have had to remove salt spray from sunglasses maybe 30 times a day. Modern fishing shirts and polyester jumpers just seem to smear it. The cleaning cloths provided soon get wet and salty with the end result being more smears. Even towels don’t work unless you…

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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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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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