Category Archives: Sounder skills and marine electronics

Installing the LVS32 Livescope forward facing transducer

Installing the Livescope Transducer

In Episode 3 of our boat slipping saga, we fix more mistakes and install our new Livescope Transducer (LVS32). If you missed the first two episodes you can watch them here >> EP1 and EP2. To recap, we took the boat for a pre-haul outrun, then pulled her out discovering a few “issues”. Before drilling…

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Haul out for annual boat maintenance

Essential boat maintenance tasks

Episode 2 in our essential boat maintenance series kicks off with us hauling Mood Swings out. You can watch Episode 1 here. We arrived at the boatyard at 6 am due to the tide. The goal is to get her in the slings with minimal tidal run and enough depth to get up the creek.…

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Proserpine Dam Barramundi

Smashed by Proserpine Dam Barramundi

On our way back from Rockhampton last month we decided to try for some Proserpine Dam Barramundi. Prossie Dam is notorious for big barra and where we filmed most of our Impoundment Module for Barra Basics.  Back then, Karen had to jump in to untangle a big 120 cm fish from the weeds. And in…

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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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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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Golden snapper are great eating and a fantastic sportsfish

Golden Snapper as a Barra alternative.

Golden Snapper (Fingermark bream) can be caught year round across northern Australia. Hence they provide a top fishing target during the Queensland barramundi closure. They are a top grade food fish and the larger specimens fight hard! Chasing Fingermark at Hinchinbrook Hinchinbrook is an amazingly scenic fishing destination. Some have described it as Jurassic Park…

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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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Finding new spots Fishing Cairns

Finding new ground

Finding new ground is the best way to guarantee a good days fishing. Much to the annoyance of my wife and kids, I’m always doing detours and circles. Stopping to look at any anomaly that appears on my sounder. It can make a trip from A to B rather long haha. But if you know…

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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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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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