Category Archives: Offshore fishing tips

Is the barrier reef dying - boat on reef

Is the Barrier Reef Dying ?

Because we spend so much time fishing and snorkelling, we often get asked the question; Is the Barrier Reef dying? And while it is difficult to answer that question definitively, we have found some areas very badly damaged and dying. We have also found many areas with quite good coral cover, both hard and soft…

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Brooke Islands national park

Spotted mackerel on plastics

Typically we use metal slices to catch spotted mackerel but in this video I catch spotted mackerel with plastics. Location of our fishing trip this day is around the Brook Island marine park. As it is a marine park, we take a snorkel to have a look at the ancient corals that grow in this…

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Great barrier reef from above

Coral Trout Bonanza for Peta’s Day Out.

We had a Coral Trout Bonanza off Mourilyan harbour while taking out our wonderful dog sitter Peta-Jane. Peta-Jane always looks after the house and sea dogs when we go away and we’re excited to treat her to a day on the water. We had a great day fishing and swimming the Great Barrier Reef. Coral…

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coral trout goes ballistic

Coral Trout goes ballistic and kicks Ryan’s butt.

As I reach down to grab him, this Coral trout goes ballistic when touched. You’ll never take me alive says he, and launches into violent crocodile rolls and back flips. Does he earn his freedom? Watch the following video which was shot as part of a longer episode to be premiered next week.   Well…

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Coral trout caught during a weather window for fishing

Weather window for fishing

When a weather window for fishing during the trade winds opens up you’ve just got to take it! The trade-winds have been blowing here in North Queensland for what seems like months! So when they eased off for a few days we jumped at the opportunity to go on a little fishing adventure. When a…

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Nice coral trout caught jigging for reef fish

Slow-pitch Jigging for reef fish

We got smashed jigging for reef fish off Cooktown on our last trip. Now that we live in Cairns, Cooktown is only a few hours up the road and the reef is so close. On this trip we took my old mate Ruffy and his partner Chris. Both are super keen anglers.   On her…

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Coral trout

Catching reef fish with shallow diving barra lures

This year during the barramundi closure we decided to do an experiment – catching reef fish on barra lures. It was after the moon when the deeper reef fish often go quiet, so we decided to give the shallow flats a go. The weather was an absolute glass so sight fishing was the order of…

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Fishing FNQ for top eating fish like coral trout

Fishing FNQ

Here’s some highlights of us Fishing FNQ in late 2020 with our new videographer Kane Chenoweth. The image quality has improved somewhat now our filming is in the hands of a professional! Fishing FNQ In the last months we have had some great adventures fishing between Cardwell and Cooktown. Some of the trips are not…

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Slow pitch jigging resulted in this nice GT (giant trevally)

Slow pitch jigging for GTs in the Fin Fish Closure

Slow pitch jigging for GTs is a super fun way to pass the time during the fin fish closure. So I grabbed my good mate Benny and headed out last month for a ton of fun. Conditions were GLASS and it didn’t take us long to get onto a good fish! Check out our newest…

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Pearl Perch for dinner

Fishing for Pearl Perch

Pearl Perch are one of the species that I have little experience in but have always wanted to go fishing for. A deep bodied and strikingly silver fish with a pearl like shading on the scales, the large eyes and mouth are definitely appealing. I mean they just look “Yum” and apparently they are. I…

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