Category Archives: Sounder skills and marine electronics

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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What sounder should I buy.

What sounder should I buy?

Over all our social media channels, email and messages, we probably get asked, “What sounder should I buy?” about 10-15 times a day. MYTH BUSTER… Funnily enough, that question in itself is not that helpful when looking for a new sounder/fish finder. Ask instead, “What transducer will suit me best?” I am amazed at the…

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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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Garmin Echomap Ultra fish finder

GARMIN ECHOMAP Ultra review

In this fish finder review, we take a look at the GARMIN echoMAP Ultra 105 and 125 sonar units. As followers of this blog will know, I’m a huge Garmin fan, although I have used Lowrance, Furuno and Humminbird in the past. It doesn’t really matter what brand you prefer. Far more important than the…

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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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Garmin livescope sonar great for understanding fish behaviour

Understand fish movements with Garmin Livescope

Understanding fish behaviour is no longer such a challenge with the new Garmin Livescope. After getting the unit several months ago, I was finally able to get out into the field and put it through its paces. Garmin Livescope adds a whole new dimension to your fishing. Watch fish respond to your lures in real-time!…

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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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Get the most out of your fish finder with sounder skills 2

Sounder Skills 2 – How to use a fish finder

Our newest online fishing course on how to use your fish finder: Sounder Skills 2 will be available from 11th February 2019. Sounder Skills 2 is a comprehensive course on how to get the best from your fish finder in a practical sense. It’s about how to find new spots, position your boat in the…

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Garmin Ultra High Definition sounder

Garmin UHD transducer best in the creeks

Garmin introduced their new Garmin UHD transducer (ultra high definition) and black box this year… And I was lucky enough to be one of the test pilots. As you may know if you’ve done our Sounder Skills 1 course, higher definition frequencies like 800 kHz provide good clarity of the underwater landscape. Now with the Garmin…

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How to set up your boat for barramundi fishing

How to set up your boat for barra fishing

Setting up your boat for barra fishing is critical if you want to maximise catches. I have everything I use regularly a hand reach away. Other less common items are stowed. I prefer a tiller steer with open deck. I like a clean deck with plenty of room to fight the fish. And my live…

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