Category Archives: Offshore fishing tips

Coral trout underwater

Best fishing rig for coral trout

When bottom bashing over heavy structure, the best fishing rig for coral trout in my opinion is a free running rig. What fishing rig to use in different applications is super important and something few people get right. Mostly because what happens under the water in different conditions has never been explained. For example, when…

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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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Lizard island is a fantastic base to explore nearby islands north of Cooktown.

Lizard Island

Back in the days before COVID-19 we decided to go to Lizard island for a couple of weeks. The Lizard Island area of the Great Barrier Reef is very dear to my heart. I spent a decade of my youth on the game boats catching marlin. It had been 20 years or more since I…

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water over the bow during a storm at sea

Storms at sea in small boats – real life stories

Last week on our return to Cairns from holidays, we were caught unawares by an electrical storm at sea. One minute it was just wind and rain, and we felt pretty safe in our Black Watch 40, Mood Swings. Nek Minit – lightning flashed all around. To make it worse, the clear zipper ripped and we…

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Black Watch 40 game boat

Online fishing course lifestyle

Would you believe it’s almost the end of the decade and our online fishing courses have been going strong since 2014. If you’re anything like us, realizing that struck a bit of a chord. Cast your mind back to ten years ago. What were you doing then? How old were you? What has this past…

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Offshore fishing for sailfish

Sailfish are a stunning fish and one of the world’s most highly regarded sportsfish. They are super fast, can attain speeds of up to 70 km/hr and they grow big, to around 100 kg! They are spectacular due to the large dorsal fin or “sail” they use to herd bait.   The “sail” is full…

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Deep drop fishing for spectacular queen snapper

Deep drop fishing

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but I learned something new deep drop fishing for Flame Tail snapper and other monsters of the deep off Brisbane. Deep drop fishing is fast becoming popular with offshore anglers. And not just Australia but around the world. It’s a little more outside the box…

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Wonky hole with big reds on down image

Finding red emperor and nannygai using down imaging fish finder

Finding red emperor and scarlet sea perch (nannygai) in a big ocean can be a challenge. Red emperor, scarlet sea perch (along with coral trout) are collectively known as reds and are all prized sports fish and top-grade food fish. Red emperor and nannygai are common residents of underground springs that we call Wonky Holes.…

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Ryan Moody catching big marlin off the GBR

How to splice dacron

Learning to splice dacron is a skill most regularly used by big game anglers but it can also be used to make a safety lanyard and never lose your sunglasses again. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen sunglasses and other objects disappear into the depths after falling over the side. Sure you can…

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