Northern Adventure fishing Lookout Point

Northern Adventure Begins

After months of preparation, finally the northern adventure to Princess Charlotte bay begins.

To see how we prepped for the trip, please see Episode 1.

We have been planning a northern adventure in our big boat Mood Swings since we purchased her in 2016.

In this episode we depart Cairns (late of course) and head to Cooktown to refuel.

We absolutely love Cooktown and head there regularly in the blue boat for some great offshore fishing.

Since it was the fin fish closure, reef fish were out of bounds, however it didn’t stop us looking and marking promising spots for next time.

Last time we fished for GT in the closure.

This time the target was fingermark  or golden snapper.

Northern Adventure to Princess Charlotte Bay

Day 1 and 2: From Cairns to Cooktown to Lookout Point. We set out on the 2nd October and the weather was pristine but soon turned north.

At first we ran the blue boat alongside the big boat to make up some lost time. By Low Isles we had caught up and towed the blue boat the rest of the way.

Last fuel before heading remote on our northern adventure was Cooktown.

After fuelling up both boats at Cooktown we took watched the groper feed at the Cooktown Jetty.

Hang on why am I typing this when you can just watch the video!



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Glorious weather, glorious fishing, glorious locations!

By the time we got to Cooktown we had already started to unwind. Getting into the great outdoors is what we like to call "the big reset." It's also critical for men to be able to indulge their primal instincts and do a bit of hunting and collecting. Men being men is good for wellness and mental health. Especially in times of such uncertainty.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to get back to nature and recharge the batteries. Now in our 50's we are sure that human beings are not meant to live as we do in modern cities. We crave the outdoors and need it to remain sane!

Our Pillager lures worked a treat and you can get some for you tackle box >> Click here for Pillager Lures.


Groper feeding Cooktown wharf

Groper feeding Cooktown wharf. What a delight to see such huge fish so close.

Billy Fairburn and Ryan Moody

Surprise catch up with an old mate - Billy Fairburn from back in my marlin days. Had a few northern adventures back then too.


Big barra are always part of a northern adventure

Big barra in the wee hours smashing the herring at the back of the boat - Cooktown wharf.

First stop in our Northern adventure. Lookout Point

One of the most stunning beaches in our entire northern adventure to Princess Charlotte bay and back. Lookout Point near Cape Flattery.

Fingermark and Pillager lure

Our Pillager lures were a real standout on the trip catching all manner of species. This one came home for dinner.

Golden trevally and pillager lure

Pillager strikes again with this nice Golden Trevally.

To find out what gear we used to catch these tropical speedsters, check out our gear and tackle cheat sheet.

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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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