Tag Archives: Boating Tips

Ribbon Reefs

Ribbon Reefs – Great Barrier Reef

Each year for the last two years we have headed to the Ribbon Reefs on the Great Barrier Reef for Xmas. And this year was no exception! After the amazing trip we had to Princess Charlotte Bay in October, we had planned a two week trip. The plan was to spend some time at Lizard…

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Fishing the Flinders Islands at Sunset

Fishing the Flinders Islands – PCB Episode 4

In Episode 4 of our Princess Charlotte Bay trip we have a mad fingermark session fishing the Flinders Islands (click here to start at Episode 1). Because the start of our trip fell in the fin fish closure, we were limited in the species we could target. Coral trout and large mouth nannygai were off…

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Essential spares for a long boat trip.

Boat trip planning and preparation for Princess Charlotte Bay

To head on a long trip to a remote location such as Princess Charlotte Bay, requires a ton of boat trip planning and preparation. In fact we bought the boat in 2016 for this very trip. But for those of you who are new to our blog and community, a few things have happened. The…

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Great barrier reef from above

Coral Trout Bonanza for Peta’s Day Out.

We had a Coral Trout Bonanza off Mourilyan harbour while taking out our wonderful dog sitter Peta-Jane. Peta-Jane always looks after the house and sea dogs when we go away and we’re excited to treat her to a day on the water. We had a great day fishing and swimming the Great Barrier Reef. Coral…

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Installing the LVS32 Livescope forward facing transducer

Installing the Livescope Transducer

In Episode 3 of our boat slipping saga, we fix more mistakes and install our new Livescope Transducer (LVS32). If you missed the first two episodes you can watch them here >> EP1 and EP2. To recap, we took the boat for a pre-haul outrun, then pulled her out discovering a few “issues”. Before drilling…

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Haul out for annual boat maintenance

Essential boat maintenance tasks

Episode 2 in our essential boat maintenance series kicks off with us hauling Mood Swings out. You can watch Episode 1 here. We arrived at the boatyard at 6 am due to the tide. The goal is to get her in the slings with minimal tidal run and enough depth to get up the creek.…

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Preparing for our boat adveture

Delivery Day: Preparing for our Boat Adventure

This week we had a delivery day from Garmin preparing for our boat adventure. Because as some of you may know we are planning some big trips in our game boat Mood Swings.   It has always been our intention to travel in her to remote destinations with the new Blue Boat in tow. But it…

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Finding new spots Fishing Cairns

Fishing Cairns

In late 2020, we moved north and I started fishing Cairns and finding new spots. Our first trip we headed south, and found some good Wonky Holes holding  good Scarlet Sea Perch. On the second we headed north. The topic of this blog. While I have been fishing Cairns before in my marlin boat days,…

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Spectacular Hinchinbrook Island

Hinchinbrook Island Circumnavigation

Hinchinbrook Island can be described as Jurassic Park meets Blue Lagoon. It is a prominent feature of the seascape off Cardwell and to say it is spectacular is an understatement. Covered by TWO world heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics, it abounds in natural beauty. Despite being pretty much de-leafed (is…

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Finding new spots Fishing Cairns

Finding new ground

Finding new ground is the best way to guarantee a good days fishing. Much to the annoyance of my wife and kids, I’m always doing detours and circles. Stopping to look at any anomaly that appears on my sounder. It can make a trip from A to B rather long haha. But if you know…

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