Category Archives: Sounder skills and marine electronics

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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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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