Tag Archives: Catching Reef fish

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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Fishing for wellness

Fishing for wellness not just fun

Fishing for wellness. Is fishing food for your health? You Betcha. We go fishing with wellness expert Nikki Fogden-Moore and catch her a nice big Nanny off a wonky hole before heading to the reef for a swim and snorkel. Days like this are what living is all about. We connected via her partner PB…

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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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coral trout goes ballistic

Coral Trout goes ballistic and kicks Ryan’s butt.

As I reach down to grab him, this Coral trout goes ballistic when touched. You’ll never take me alive says he, and launches into violent crocodile rolls and back flips. Does he earn his freedom? Watch the following video which was shot as part of a longer episode to be premiered next week.   Well…

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Fishing with slow pitch jigs and stick baits

Stick baits and jigs – fishing lure research and development

Stick baits and jigs are one of my favorite forms of lure fishing. Because with stick baits you can manipulate the retrieve, the depth and also use them on the surface. Plus they can be used in a way that you use vibes. At times they are even better because most soft vibes fall flat,…

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Garlic butter trout on the beach BBQ.

Garlic Butter Trout Catch and Cook

Garlic butter trout is the subject of episode 2 of this catch and cook. Well, it’s actually more about the cooking. Since we covered the catching in a previous blog called Getting Smashed in Cooktown. Recap of gear used… Electronics GARMIN 8412 and GT51 transducer. (find out why >>here) Spin Rod: Quantum Smoke Inshore 621BC Reel:…

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Nice coral trout caught jigging for reef fish

Slow-pitch Jigging for reef fish

We got smashed jigging for reef fish off Cooktown on our last trip. Now that we live in Cairns, Cooktown is only a few hours up the road and the reef is so close. On this trip we took my old mate Ruffy and his partner Chris. Both are super keen anglers.   On her…

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