Category Archives: Wonky Holes

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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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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Spanish mackerel fishing rig using custom gang hooks

Spanish mackerel fishing rig – custom gang hooks

It’s winter time and one of the premium times to catch mackerel in north Queensland. A popular Spanish mackerel fishing rig is gang hooks. Big Spanish mackerel pull like freight trains and are one of the true speedsters of the ocean.   They can also straighten hooks and this happened to me once upon a…

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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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Easy anchor retrieval using a float

Easy Anchor Retrieval using a float.

Fishing the reef can involve moving around a lot and with the average offshore boat is too big for an electric and too small for an anchor winch. The result is a never ending back breaking task of retrieving your anchor! Unless you have a fit deckie, continually weighing anchor can get a bit tedious…

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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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