I envy very few, but the members who get to target these fish on a regular basis would come very close! On my recent trips to Rockhampton, I was fortunate enough to tangle with a few of these exceptionally tasty Lutjanids and gain a small insight into just what these fish are about.
Being a more southern student based in Brisbane, my own immediate goal within the group has been to apply the techniques within the course to Snapper and the next 6 months for me presents an exciting new challenge. Of course, like many of the other contributors to the private study groups, I’ll endeavour to share my insights into how it can be applied to other species, adding further value to an already invaluable course.
But back to the Fingermark. This study group can be a little cagey considering how prized the catch is and between this group and Wonky Holes, there’s a well-respected and mutual understanding that anything that DOES get shared between members, is merely a bonus.
There are the hidden gems presented with their elements of mystery, but as with all the courses in the RMF stable, you’re provided the tools to pioneering your own path to success, regardless of outside assistance. One such member that has landed on his feet almost immediately is Rock Elford.
Rock joined recently and his first post was impressive to say the least! “A couple of days after finishing the course, go to a spot I’ve been driving over for the last 10 years. Finally pull up and put a few things into practice, oh my god. What a nice surprise!” No prizes for guessing just what that surprise was, 2 absolute belter Fingermark!!
To rub salt into my slightly envious wounds, Rock backed it up recently with another bag of some of the oceans finest tasting fish using the knowledge and insights he’s gained from his membership in the courses. This is only one of the recent success stories and the groups are filled with many others like them, being inside the private study groups really does have to be seen to be believed.
Anglers of all abilities are smashing their fishing goals and to be a part of it is a real privilege.
Rock Elford- Immediate Fingermark Success
While Barra Basics remains the flagship species-specific course with the largest member base, Finding Fingermark is beginning to come into its own with its potential to assist a broader range of anglers targeting a large variety of demersal foraging species. Students are stretching the boundaries of what was once a course traditionally designed for anglers to target Fingermark in Northern waters, now, they are successfully applying the knowledge and techniques further afield.
Coming into the winter period, one species on the menu is the Snapper. Understanding the course content opens up the world of opportunities to target these fish across the southern half of Australia, even across the ditch to New Zealand! One angler making the most of the course to target Snapper is Dave Alvos from Brisbane.
Dave signed up in July last year to hone his skills and has since had some exceptional results fishing in Moreton Bay. Prior to the course, Dave had struggled to identify productive fish-holding locations and his results were sporadic at best. Dave entered the course catching barely legal fish and knew that Ryan’s course would be just the ticket to improve after witnessing other student’s outcomes.
Almost a year in and trophy size 70cm+ Snapper are regularly on the menu from almost every trip! His planning and execution of the course content highlight just how important it is to have an understanding of your target species and Ryan has provided the tools and techniques for all anglers to succeed within what is fast becoming the “All-rounders” choice of courses.
Ryan would love to see many more members enjoying their fishing and the Snapper, in particular, are absolutely running hot at the moment!! Course students have had a great start to the season and it’s still early enough to get involved catching some equally epic, southern winter species.
DAVE ALVOS WITH SOME CRACKING MORETON BAY SNAPPER.