Tag Archives: Catching Reef fish

Large mouth Nannygai

Ryan’s BEST offshore fishing lures

People often ask me what are the best offshore fishing lures to catch trophy fish while travelling or going on a fishing charter. As a charter guide for three decades, I have trialled innumerable lures with mixed success. Many are duds while a rare few are absolute crackers! So after a dig through my tackle…

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Cape Bedford headland

Fishing Inshore Cooktown continued…

Our trip fishing inshore Cooktown continues… But wait! This is Episode 2 and you can watch the first episode here. The goal for this trip was to film some content for our upcoming Locating Livies course. As well as have some fun smashing Nannies on Wonky Holes And some snorkelling on the reef. The advantage…

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Michaelmas Cay and Wonky Hole Nannygai

Michaelmas Cay is a lovely little bird sanctuary 21 nautical miles north east of Cairns. It is one of the most important bird nesting colonies on the Great Barrier Reef. Mainly because it has a large grassy area permanently above water and is high enough to withstand cyclones. Terns and Frigate birds that spend their…

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Fishing Ribbons Reefs for Coral trout

EP. 12 Snorkelling and fishing the Ribbons Reefs.

The final stages of our Princess Charlotte Bay trip saw us fishing and snorkelling the ribbons reefs and surrounding areas. Fishing the Ribbons is like stepping back in time for me as I spent many years here on the marlin boats. After dropping off my mate Evatt in Cooktown, Karen and I headed out again…

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Fishing Cape Flattery for Pennant Fish

Ep. 10 Fishing Cape Flattery on our Northern Adventure.

Epic session fishing Cape Flattery during the last days of our northern adventure. Cape Flattery is approximately 40 kilometres north of Cooktown and famous for it’s shimmering white sand and Silica mine. It is one of the world’s largest silica mines and the white sand dunes are spectacular. Fishing Cape Flattery has been productive on…

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Whale shark

Ep. 9 Whale Shark Day

Whale Shark Day – Best day ever! Episode 9 of our Princess Charlotte bay trip sees us swimming with a friendly whale shark, having a manic fishing session and relaxing on a superb sand cay. I’d have to say, beside the helifish adventure, one of the best days of our lives. To see the trip…

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Topwater fishing on the outside reef

Green Jobfish Nursery – Jewell to Lizard – PCB Ep. 8

The green Jobfish is a prized fish among recreational anglers. And during our transit from Jewell Reef to Lizard Island we encountered a swarm of them! The weather for this leg of our journey was sublime! Perfect to score a quick dinner fishing on a Wonky Hole (although we nearly lost it to a huge cod).…

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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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Northern Adventure fishing Lookout Point

Northern Adventure Begins

After months of preparation, finally the northern adventure to Princess Charlotte bay begins. To see how we prepped for the trip, please see Episode 1. We have been planning a northern adventure in our big boat Mood Swings since we purchased her in 2016. In this episode we depart Cairns (late of course) and head…

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Catch big fish Slow pitch jigging

Make your own assist hooks

Save money and easily make your own ASSIST HOOKS for slow pitch jigging. After a few big fish, the dacron holding the hooks can fray and become unusable. But what of the hooks? With a length of dacron, a home made needle and some heat shrink, recycle the hooks and make your own assist hooks.…

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