Topwater fishing on the outside reef

Green Jobfish Nursery – Jewell to Lizard – PCB Ep. 8

The green Jobfish is a prized fish among recreational anglers.

And during our transit from Jewell Reef to Lizard Island we encountered a swarm of them!

The weather for this leg of our journey was sublime!

Perfect to score a quick dinner fishing on a Wonky Hole (although we nearly lost it to a huge cod).

Before snorkelling on the spectacular Jewell Reef, on the outer reef, north of Lizard.

We didn’t do a great deal of topwater fishing, but quickly scored a nice GT.

If you’re wanting to do a charter to visit this amazing location, check out Nomad Sportsfishing charters to Jewell Reef.

While traversing the area we encountered a pinnacle that was covered in huge amounts of juvenile green jobfish.

I have never seen anything like it in all my time fishing and swimming on the reef

There was literally thousands of them lighting up the sounder.

At one stage Evatt caught two on one of our Levitator jigs. One assist hook in each. The jobfish were fighting over them.

Although we of course were more interested in getting to the trout underneath them.

This proved difficult, due to the shear numbers of green Jobfish.

Watch the video to check out the action.




Jewell Reef

You can see why they named it Jewell Reef.


We anchored up Mood Swings and had a quick run in the Blue boat for some topwater. Great fun sight fishing GT's and other sportsfish.


green jobfish

Green Jobfish where in plague proportions, literally thousands under the boat. Levitator jigs did the damage.


Green jobfish

Green Jobfish are from the family Lutjanidae. This is the same family as Mangrove Jacks, Large-mouth Nannygai and Fingermark hence the teeth do look familiar. In my opinion they look very "Mangrove Jack like" in the head department.


Large-mouth Nannygai

Found some nice ground holding Large-mouth nannygai.


Gold Levitator Jig

The Red Levitator in 100g did the damage. In 40 metres of water with a bit of current we chose the 100g. Although we may have also gotten away with the 80g but it would be borderline. Buy Levitator jigs here

Lizard Island Sunset

Sunset at Watson's Bay Lizard island. Lizard island can be reached by trailer boat during good weather from the Starke boat ramp. Great road now from Starke to Cooktown.

Princess Charlotte Bay trip.

To start from the beginning - Episode 1 - click here.

And to read the ships log of the journey (spoiler alert for coming episodes) click here

Gear and Tackle used to catch Green Jobfish.

We have prepared a cheat sheet with >> Ryan's favourite gear and tackle.

Although this gear is not specific to only green jobfish, it is what he uses to fish tropical north Australia for most species.

get the free pdf


On this trip we used our own lures almost exclusively because after years of testing they have been found to be so effective.

You can purchase using the following links.

Shallow diver Scaleblazer.

Sinking sink bait Pillager

Slow pitch jig Levitator.

And the custom rod mentioned in the video was made by Ron Farren of Salty Dog custom rods. 

Fishing Courses

Find new spots quickly in areas you have never visited before.

Check out our Fish Smarter courses.

Sounder Skills 2

Wonky Holes. 

More Episodes

I hope you enjoyed our video on the green jobfish nursery and our trip from Jewell to Lizard Island.

Stay tuned for the next episode as we have an exciting encounter with a friendly creature from the deep.



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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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