There really isn’t a better time to sink your teeth into Barra Basics and allow yourself the opportunity to get out and put the course content into practice as the weather warms and the Barra start to fire. If its saltwater or impoundment fishing that interests you most, the next few months will start to see plenty of Barra hit the deck and having the support of the group and its members, including Ryan, you can be confident knowing that all the elements are there to make Barra a regular, successful target almost immediately.
During winter, the weather instability has created a challenge for even the seasoned fisho’s in the group but as sure as the sun rises in the morning, you can count on at least a few members coming up with the goods. Special mention must be made of Ian Moody, Ryan’s brother, who operates Ian Moody Sportfishing Charters in the Hinchinbrook region.
As a guide, there’s an air of expectation to produce for clients on a regular basis. There is no “playing the safe bet” with Barra and while others in the region have struggled or are afraid to put their reputations on the line, Ian has chipped away and managed to locate and catch some great fish in testing conditions. Having the RIGHT knowledge is everything when understanding Barra, and while they can be difficult through winter, Ian’s results are proof that they’re not impossible and is well ahead of the pack when it comes to putting a smile on clients dials in the region. Jump on over to his Facebook page and check out what he’s been up to. https://www.facebook.com/ianmoodysportfishing
Chris Ballard has continued to keep us informed of his topwater fishing success, but he may have been slightly overshadowed by a beast of a capture from Clint Rockpig. These fish need little introduction and 103cm of mid-winter Barra speaks for itself. Absolutely awesome capture for Clint and it’s a pleasure to see just how stoked and appreciative members are of the info they have at their disposal.
CLINT ROCKPIG- CRACKING 103CM WINTER GULF BARRA
It’s becoming more commonly known that Finding Fingermark is effective on a range of other species, although the course has always been designed around the habits of Fingermark specifically. Opportunities exist throughout all tide cycles for these fish and the course content quickly dispels any misconceptions that they can only be caught under certain conditions.
There is too much time wasted by fisho’s on wives tales and myths when they could just be implementing a solid fishing strategy. Moon up, Moon below, 10-20 fish a plenty, Solunar cycles, the list goes on and if we were waiting for all these elements to align, we would NEVER go fishing! Having an intimate understanding of the species you are targeting is a hell of a lot more valuable and productive in comparison to buying into what ultimately end up becoming reasons people come up with as to why they don’t catch fish.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take and having a strategic plan to suit the day’s conditions, that have been proven to be effective time and time again, will make you a much better fisherman over the ones following solunar theories, basing their decisions on something that may or may not work at all.
Jason Farr has provided an insight into just how understanding your target species and being prepared to do the work is the most effective way to landing any species of fish on a regular basis. Jason writes “Great mornings fishing. Struggled for an hour or 2, moved around on my electric motor till I found them. The first live bait didn’t reach the bottom before it was hit, went from nothing to 4 in 20mins. Patience paid off as I was ready to go home with nothing about half an hour before the tide change. Thanks Ryan, the course really changed my thinking.”
Where other fisho’s may have packed up and gone home, Jason persisted, having faith that he was using the right technique, at the right time, in the right territory and it made the difference between having a great session or going home empty-handed.
JASON FARR- PERSISTENCE PAYS
While I touched briefly on my own experience locating schools of Jewfish that the Jumpinpin is renowned for, ill share a bit more insight into just how much time and effort has gone into making these fish a regular, viable target. And just how valuable Sounder Skills 2 has been to see it come to fruition.
I personally have only been using fish-finding equipment for as little as 3-4 years. Initially, when sounding the area, it was evident that I really had no idea what I was looking at, or what I was supposed to be looking for. The area is littered with coffee rock ledges, washouts and undulations, throwing multiple shadows and forever leaving me second-guessing.
As I became more experienced, I started to piece together just what that underwater image was telling me and at the very least was starting to make out how the area was structured. Mind you, this has been over the course of a number of trips over a number of years!
The fact was, that with all my second-guessing, I just wasn’t seeing these fish at all until recently. I’m fortunate to be a member of all of Ryan’s course groups and was able to come up with a new strategy as to when I should be timing my search efforts. And sure enough, there they were! They stand out rather significantly against the structure and finally have confirmation on what I need to be seeing before I start fishing.
It can take time and without the course to reference back to, I think I would still be taking a “hit and hope” approach. Where now I’m confident that’s it’s only a matter of time before fishing turns to catching by simply having a better understanding of interpreting my sounder images.
AUTHOR- “I SEE GHOSTS”
Areas off the coast where Wonky Holes are commonly located have probably been most affected by the adverse weather conditions along the east coast during the last few months. It has meant that reports have been few and far between, but those few who have managed to find a window of opportunity, have again had some great results.
Nathan Porter and Nickoli Frewtell have again caught their share, with Nickoli finding some productive new ground while trolling for Black Marlin in unfamiliar territory off Cairns. Jason Brand has joined in with a great catch of his own, sparking a discussion about the fish school’s behaviour if you’re unlucky to drop a few! It happens to the best of us but having the confidence and knowing you can move on to another productive area is what it’s all about.
JASON BRAND- FINE WONKY SPECIMEN
Again, this is a great time to join as Thready season is just around the corner. I’ve caught well over 100 fish in my short few years as a member and I am particularly looking forward to progressing as an angler and honing my lure fishing skills in the upcoming season. All made possible by my participation in the course.
They are an absolutely awesome fish to catch and even my Dad landed his first solo Thready on a recent outing. But talk about coming in hot, Brock Hawker come in like a freight train absolutely slaying some monster Fitzroy River Threadies in his first month of being a member!!!
Brock made time for a number of trips within his first month and worked particularly hard at locating some of the monsters that Rocky is becoming known for. Fishing in the more well-known haunts produced lesser quality fish but he stuck to his guns, asked the right questions and it wasn’t long at all before he was headed in the right direction.
2 sessions resulted in 5 fish, all over the 120cm mark and the biggest measuring in at a whopping 138cm. They exist in the system measuring in at well over 150cm and I don’t think it will be long before Brock is back among them and stretching his P.B. even further. Awesome job mate, that’s certainly one way to make an entrance!
BROCK HAWKER- ONE OF MANY STONKER FITZROY THREADIES FOR THE SESSION
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