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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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Living with crocodiles

Living with Crocodiles

Living with crocodiles in Northern Australia and other places they’re found, can be dangerous. But like tigers in India and lions in Africa, we can’t just go around killing everything that threatens us. Last year Karen went to Jim Corbett National Park in India to see a Tiger and was rewarded with this amazing experience:…

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Custom Boat Pros and Cons

Late last year we ordered a custom built boat from BMENQ in Cairns. We sold the good old barra boat when I retired from charters because we needed something a little more chop friendly. In between we bought and sold a 5.6 m Bonito as a stop gap. Mostly so we could do some filming…

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What sounder should I buy.

What sounder should I buy?

Over all our social media channels, email and messages, we probably get asked, “What sounder should I buy?” about 10-15 times a day. MYTH BUSTER… Funnily enough, that question in itself is not that helpful when looking for a new sounder/fish finder. Ask instead, “What transducer will suit me best?” I am amazed at the…

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water over the bow during a storm at sea

Storms at sea in small boats – real life stories

Last week on our return to Cairns from holidays, we were caught unawares by an electrical storm at sea. One minute it was just wind and rain, and we felt pretty safe in our Black Watch 40, Mood Swings. Nek Minit – lightning flashed all around. To make it worse, the clear zipper ripped and we…

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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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