Tag Archives: Boating Tips

How to choose the right propeller for your boat

Choosing the right propeller for your boat

Choosing the right propeller for your boat can be a bit hit and miss. Considerations include boat design, weight distribution, running characteristics (RPM) and how and where it will be used. When choosing the right propeller for your boat you’ll also want to consider the material used (aluminium or stainless), number of blades and pitch.…

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Garmin livescope sonar great for understanding fish behaviour

Understand fish movements with Garmin Livescope

Understanding fish behaviour is no longer such a challenge with the new Garmin Livescope. After getting the unit several months ago, I was finally able to get out into the field and put it through its paces. Garmin Livescope adds a whole new dimension to your fishing. Watch fish respond to your lures in real-time!…

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Water removed from outboard fuel system

Water in your outboard motor can be costly

Last month I ended up with some water in my outboard motor. It was a costly exercise as the fuel system had to be stripped down, the water removed and all filters replaced. Check your water trap! In 30 years of charters I had never encountered this issue before because I am usually very diligent…

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How to navigate bad weather in small boats

Boat handling tips for a smoother ride in rough weather

Getting a smoother ride in rough weather can be as simple as changing your angle of travel. When I’m out and about on the water, I see so many people put unnecessary wear and tear on themselves and their vessel. Simply by travelling on the wrong angle in rough weather. Boat handling tips to get…

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How to set up your boat for barramundi fishing

How to set up your boat for barra fishing

Setting up your boat for barra fishing is critical if you want to maximise catches. I have everything I use regularly a hand reach away. Other less common items are stowed. I prefer a tiller steer with open deck. I like a clean deck with plenty of room to fight the fish. And my live…

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Trailer wheel bearing changes made easy with this simple and free tooll

Handy wheel bearing tool

Regular trailer maintenance is a must if you want to avoid getting stuck on the side of the road with a breakdown. Launch and boat retrieval in and out of saltwater causes all sorts of damage over time and wheel bearings must be checked and changed regularly. One of the trickiest parts of changing your…

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Easy anchor retrieval using a float

Easy Anchor Retrieval using a float.

Fishing the reef can involve moving around a lot and with the average offshore boat is too big for an electric and too small for an anchor winch. The result is a never ending back breaking task of retrieving your anchor! Unless you have a fit deckie, continually weighing anchor can get a bit tedious…

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Anchoring tips_Twin Anchor technique for fishing in the right spot

Anchoring your boat with the twin anchor technique

Anchoring your boat with the twin anchor technique has many advantages and I have been doing it this way for many years. Twin anchors allow you to anchor sideways in the current thus maximizing your fishing area. It keeps the boat steady and your baits in the right place, and reduces the effect of wind…

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outboard maintenance greasing steering engine glands

Routine outboard engine maintenance | Greasing engine steering glands

An outboard engine can give you years of reliable use if given some occasional TLC. Even if you get your outboard regularly serviced by a technician, there are a number of routine maintenance steps you can take yourself to keep it in top working order. Greasing the steering shaft and pivot shaft grease nipples of…

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Garmin VIRB XE action camera

Garmin VIRB action camera

Nowadays phones aren’t just phones and with the introduction of the new Garmin VIRB XE, it seems action cameras are no longer just action cameras. As most of you may know, I swear by Garmin electronics and have a boat full of all their goodies. And as I film a lot of fishing action on…

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