Ryan Moody Fishing Private Study Group Report

September 2021

This time last year and the year prior, winter seemed to be a period of boat maintenance in preparation for my summer assault on Threadies and Barra. And every winter prior to that was spent harassing the local Bream population at the Jumpinpin in South East Qld. But what is there to say about this year, except my mind has been sent into overdrive from what I’ve learnt, and the success I’ve had personally, implementing the knowledge from Finding Fingermark and Sounder Skills 2.

For 15 years or more, I’ve had a nagging urge to put some quality Moreton Bay Snapper over the side of the boat, and after all those years, it finally happened with a significant number of 80cm+ models hitting the deck. And for an equal period of time, my desire to round up the local Jumpinpin Jewfish population instead of snag bashing for bream had me forever chasing my tail.

Silver Ghosts by name, Silver Ghosts by nature, Sounder Skills 2 has me believing more in the afterlife and seeing these Ghosts for the first time ever in my life. My last 4 trips have resulted in locating extremely promising schools of Jumpinpin Jewfish, ripe for the taking and the challenge of honing my timing and techniques has certainly whet my appetite to land these fish consistently after all this time. With the course knowledge on my side, I’m confident it’s only a matter of time before they begin believing in the Grim Reaper. Fortunately for them, I’ve become more a “catch and release” fisherman these days but I won’t be stopping short of converting my sounder sightings into regularly landed fish.

Further with the learning, as an estuary fisho, running up a creek in adverse weather around sheltered waters saw me continue fishing whenever the urge arose. Now upon seeking further fishing opportunities in more open waters, also up along the east coast of Australia, one thing has become evident. That is, that the weather is the main driver, and we are at the mercy of the weather gods when it comes to having those opportunities to get out and have a fish outside of sheltered waters.

For some along the east coast, opportunities have been extremely slender, sometimes only being given a few hours to have a safe and comfortable trip to their favoured fishing grounds. I’ve been fortunate enough to have learnt a little more about some of the main weather influences from Ryan himself and he has described this winter in one of his recent blog posts that can be read here: https://www.ryanmoodyfishing.com/weather-window-for-fishing/

So while the action in some of the groups has been a little bit slower than others, there have still been some good results that I’ll share.

Click the tabs below to meet some of students and for insights into what happens in our Ryan Moody Fishing private study groups.

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

Our quarterly report archives contain a raft of great fishing tales and stories. Simply click on the course links below to read them.

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

Our quarterly report archives contain a raft of great fishing tales and stories. Simply click on the course links below to read them.

Angler Insight: For each report, I will continue to endeavour to share an insight into Ryan’s course students. We are all from varying walks of life and I think that’s what makes it such a unique and special community to be a part of. Evatt Farrell has kindly shared his insight this month. Evatt writes:

Back story of an NT fishing tragic.

I started my fishing career in Brisbane at Redcliffe pier with my brother and two bamboo poles and nylon line tied to the end, catching butter bream all afternoon and having a ball.

From there our family bought a little aluminium dingy that we rowed around in catching bream, whiting and went crabbing most weekends. I had kids early and didn't have time, money or energy to fish much and put it on the back burner for a while. Eventually, I purchased a cheap fibreglass Seafarer, playing with pelagics and big flathead down at Jacobs Well, also fishing the Seaway and Gold Coast a bit.

I finally made my way up to NT, as it had always been a paper dream of mine, the Mecca for Barramundi after several life curve balls had been thrown at me. Signed up with Ryan Moody fishing and while it was a steep learning curve, I loved every minute of it. I had random results for a while but catching better quality fish. Met more Barra Basics guys and started getting together, learning a whole lot more to what works in the Territory with big tides and unforgiving conditions.

So, what have I done differently? I simply utilise the framework according to the species I'll be targeting. When I plan trips in advance around tides, territory and time it right, with the right tools, I usually get results. I consider it fishing not catching, as there are still a lot of random factors in there.

I like the hunt and adventure of fishing on the water. Working out new spots and applying the knowledge learnt from sounder skills 2. All other courses I've done, I highly rate - Barra Basics, Sounder Skills 2, Threadfin Tactics, Finding Fingermark, are all presented in an easy to access and learn and targeted to your needs.

I now look at the Territory differently and don't follow what the latest reports are or think that I have to be at spot X to catch fish. Case in point, on the last trip, we had arrived at a creek and started in search mode and adjusted the settings on the Sounder looking for aggregations and pressure points. I see the spot, a T-junction with two elements, dirty water with a possible mud bank or submerged tree and said out loud, there's got to be a decent Barra waiting there......boom! Refer to pic.

EVATT FARRELL- ON THE HUNT


A final word:

I quite often interact more regularly with other enthusiastic fisho’s these days and when I announce myself as a member and student of Ryan Moody Fishing, for those unaware and outside of the groups, it raises some eyebrows.

Some of these interactions are in my local neighbourhood, at the boat ramp, through social media channels, the local tackle shop etc and it gives an interesting insight into their fishing backgrounds, where they started and what makes them tick. It’s surprisingly common that the majority of those that I meet don’t appear that they need to learn anything at all, even though their greatest fishing desires consistently revolve around catching something bigger and better.

Many are just doing what they grew up doing, what’s passed down through generations from their own Fathers and Grandfathers. Believing that what they already know is enough for them to continue pursuing their fishy desires, even though it is perhaps the sole cause of their struggles, holding them back from taking their fishing to the next level.

I actually relate rather well as it is a representation of who I used to be as a fisherman. While I try not to preach too loudly, and considering they always appear to be in awe of my results, I can only suggest that they too become a student of the game, open their minds to the possibility of learning and take on a humbler position of knowing that perhaps what they’ve learnt growing up, may not just be the only way to continue their journey.

I also appreciate those who want to “work it all out themselves” but knowing what I know now, many will spend their whole lives chasing it and never cross the finish line. For anyone on the fence, consider who you are and whether the time to pursue your fishing dreams on your own really exists, or if it will ever exist. You may be a Grandfather, Father, Doctor, FIFO worker, dedicated partner, telling yourself you’re always working too much or too busy to find time to even be out enjoying a pastime that you enjoy most.

Whoever you are, you will be well aware that a golden opportunity exists to not only open yourself to learning but take that step towards turning those dreams into reality. Every Ryan Moody fishing student had a pre-conceived idea of what fishing was and what it should be. Every member and student have prior commitments to family, to work, to other areas of life. And every one of those members will tell you, becoming a member and student is no gimmick, it’s the real deal and their fishing desires now lie within their own hands.

Take control of your own fishing by becoming a member, what you thought you knew will become a memory as you replace it with your own newfound fishing successes. You never know, your Dad may even thank you for what you’ve taught him like mine has with me.

Cheers,
Steve N.

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