Category Archives: Live Bait

How to catch fingermark offshore at night

Catching fingermark offshore at night

Fingermark have a predatory and foraging habit and their movements can be predicted. Catching Fingermark offshore at night, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, is not as hard as it seems. I love fingermark! (also known as Golden Snapper) They are a top grade food fish and impressive sports fish. In the barramundi closed season…

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Catching fingermark with squid at night

Catch and rig live squid for Fingermark Golden Snapper

Live squid as bait is one of the best ways to catch fingermark (Golden Snapper) but can be a little tricky to rig up. In this post we use a squid jig to catch some live squid as bait for our fingermark session.   A cast net or scoop net can also be used when…

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Easy hook removal using bent nose pliers

Easy hook removal

A handy tool I never go fishing without is a set of bent nose pliers. They are brilliant to get hooks out of fish especially in throat hooked fish when the fish hooks are deeply embedded. I find the bent nose enables me to see what I’m doing, and with a quick twist the hook…

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Burley bombs to attract and catch reef fish

Burley Bombs – the clean way to consistently catch reef fish

Using burley is a well established method to attract reef fish to your boat. Typically, bait is chopped up on the spot and thrown randomly overboard, or is placed in a chum tube and manually minced at intervals to disperse the bits and pieces of burley. The problem is, that without a constant steady stream,…

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How to build a naturally plumbed live bait tank into your boat

Keeping live bait without a pump

After going to all the trouble of catching your live bait, you don’t want it dying due to lack of oxygen or dirty water. The best way to look after your live bait is to keep it in a naturally plumbed tank built into your boat. By creating a sealed section in your boat you…

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Big Black jewfish on kids baitcaster outfit

Big black jew on kids rod and reel combo

Check out this gorgeous Black Jew Fish we landed using a kids rod and reel combo.   And while you don’t necessarily need top of the range gear to catch good fish (these kids rod and reel combo’s retail for under a hundred bucks), it does help if you add a little skill to the…

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Anchoring tips_Twin Anchor technique for fishing in the right spot

Anchoring your boat with the twin anchor technique

Anchoring your boat with the twin anchor technique has many advantages and I have been doing it this way for many years. Twin anchors allow you to anchor sideways in the current thus maximizing your fishing area. It keeps the boat steady and your baits in the right place, and reduces the effect of wind…

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Big mullet catch big barra. However finding these models can be testing and presenting them correctly is the key

Accepting change, Live baiting isn’t cheating!

Guest writer and Ryan Moody Fishing Ambassador Ben Weston (Westo) has some sage advice on being an all rounder fishing for barra, by downing lures on occasion and using live bait. Accepting Change, Live Baiting isn’t cheating   The bitterest pill I had to swallow after completing the Barra Basics (BB) course, was accepting that…

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Cast nets for catching bait

Cast nets for catching bait

  I have been using cast nets for catching bait for over 30 years now and they’re a quick and easy way to fill your live bait tank with livies. Most people use the standard bottom pocket net and for sure, that’s my net of choice for most applications in north Queensland. Shallow habitats such…

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fishing with live bait using circle hooks

Live baiting for barramundi using circle hooks

The advantage of using circle hooks when live baiting for barramundi, threadys or fingemark over your traditional J hook or suicide hook, is more often than not the fish is hooked in the corner of the mouth. If your intention is to release the fish, circle hooks or half circle hooks like the Eagle Claw…

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