Category Archives: Wonky Holes

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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Annual boat maintenance on our Black Watch 40 game boat

Online fishing courses – Living the Dream

Would you believe it’s almost the end of the decade, (depending which logic you use, year 0 or year 1) and hasn’t 2020 been a doozy!! 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 in 2010? How old…

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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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What do Wonky Holes look like

Underwater footage – What Wonky Holes look like

Quite often I get asked what Wonky Holes look like. Thirty years ago when I lived and worked on the marlin boats, I dived, snorkelled and went spear fishing every other day. Unfortunately it was without an underwater camera! So to get some great footage (without me having to squeeze the verandah into a wetsuit…

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Wonky Holes off Cairns

Large mouth Nannygai on Wonky Holes

Every time I find myself wanting to catch some large mouth nannygai, I’m always on the look out for Wonky Holes! Large mouth nannygai are a beautiful red sportsfish in the Lutjanidae family – a relation of Fingermark and Mangrove Jack. Large mouth nannygai are great to eat and fight hard! They are typcially found…

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Another-stonker-large-mouth-caught-off-a-Wonky Hole

Getting your fish finder right to find untouched Wonky Holes

Wonky Holes student Ben Weston takes the reins for this week’s blog post. Ben was one of our first “Wonky Holes” online course members and has since gone on to find some fantastic country off the coast of Central Queensland using knowledge gained from Ryan by doing the course. Before doing the course, Ben had…

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Large mouth nannygai

Wonky hole facts

Wonky Holes are underwater springs exiting from the sea floor. They were given the name wonky holes by the northern trawlermen who used to lose their gear and sometimes capsize their boats. This occurs as the otter boards dig in, pulling from the outriggers and over she goes. Hence, they can often be found near…

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