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 what you’re doing with your sounder, you can find amazing hidden gems that hold great fish.

Some days though I just run out with a goal of doing little more than finding new ground.

Especially when I go to a new area.

Finding new ground often results in fish caught on the first lure drop.

Move to Cairns

About a month ago we bought a house in Cairns.

While I’ve fished out of Cairns in the marlin boats for nearly a decade in my twenties.

And I’ve also fished here on and off since then looking for My passion: Wonky Holes.

I’ve not done a great deal of fishing here.

Heading out of Bluewater on a quest to find new ground

Heading out from Blue water boat ramp on a quest to find new ground

Benefits of finding new ground.

Aside from the fact that untouched spots generally hold good fish, there are other benefits.

Fish are not so lure shy and one can often use lures when you first pull up to great effect.

They will also often bite in these locations in less than optimum conditions (not the best tide or wind direction).

Specimens are often bigger in these locations.

My rule of thumb when finding a productive new spot is not to fish it out.

So I try and limit catches to one or two fish per spot then move on and look for other productive ground.

Sometimes you can find another little gem nearby.

Catching large mouth nannygai

Fish with barotrauma can’t be released so it’s important if fishing deeper water to move on after one or two fish and not decimate the whole school. Otherwise you just shoot yourself in the foot!

Finding new ground results in Big fish from a small boat.

Our videographer Kane with his first ever Nanny-gai. Third spot found. Third fish caught. Pretty much each fish was caught on the first drop at each spot. Dinner sorted!

Case in point

With the intention of locating some local honey holes not far offshore, I headed out of Cairns Blue water Marina.

I like to find spots inshore as it reduces the chance of getting smashed when the weather turns crap.

I’m getting old and soft haha.

And as if to prove the point, the day was average in terms of fishability.

In other words it was neap tides with a light northerly breeze.

Because for the average fisho, you can’t always pick the weather on your days off.

Herein lies the benefits of spending some time looking and less time fishing.

It will pay off by finding new ground holding big fish.

Sometimes not too far offshore.

Watch the video below as we head off finding new ground and catching good fish.






Gear Used

I hope by now you can see the benefits of finding new ground.

To do so it will also help if you have a good grasp of your sounder settings.

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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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