Category Archives: Offshore fishing tips

Fishing for wellness

Fishing for wellness not just fun

Fishing for wellness. Is fishing food for your health? You Betcha. We go fishing with wellness expert Nikki Fogden-Moore and catch her a nice big Nanny off a wonky hole before heading to the reef for a swim and snorkel. Days like this are what living is all about. We connected via her partner PB…

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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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Fishing with slow pitch jigs and stick baits

Stick baits and jigs – fishing lure research and development

Stick baits and jigs are one of my favorite forms of lure fishing. Because with stick baits you can manipulate the retrieve, the depth and also use them on the surface. Plus they can be used in a way that you use vibes. At times they are even better because most soft vibes fall flat,…

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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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Use whatever toppings you prefer to build out your fresh fish wrap.

Catch and Cook – Fish Wraps Recipe.

Next time you catch some fresh fish, try this catch and cook fish wraps recipe. It’s a quick and easy way to prepare fresh fish for the table and the kids will love it. Every catch and cook fresh fish recipe starts with the catching! For that we headed to Cooktown, in Far North Queensland.…

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Finding new spots Fishing Cairns

Fishing Cairns

In late 2020, we moved north and I started fishing Cairns and finding new spots. Our first trip we headed south, and found some good Wonky Holes holding¬† good Scarlet Sea Perch. On the second we headed north. The topic of this blog. While I have been fishing Cairns before in my marlin boat days,…

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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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Maori Wrasse Top Water

Fishing Cooktown with stick baits and jigs.

Fishing Cooktown with jigs and stick baits can result in some BIG fish. There is so much variety fishing Cooktown as the reef is so close to the coast. The shallow reef flats are perfect for casting stick baits. This kind of fishing is true hunting and excitement PLUS as you watch the strike and…

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