Tag Archives: Exploring Australia

Fishing the Fitzroy for barramundi

Fishing the Fitzroy for Barramundi

Fishing the Fitzroy net free zones for Barramundi and King Threadfin is certainly a ton of fun! The addition of a net free zone in Rockhampton has protected fish stocks from netting and created a recreational anglers paradise. They are dubbing it the Barra Capital of Australia! We headed down to Rocky intending on Fishing…

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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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Proserpine Dam Barramundi

Smashed by Proserpine Dam Barramundi

On our way back from Rockhampton last month we decided to try for some Proserpine Dam Barramundi. Prossie Dam is notorious for big barra and where we filmed most of our Impoundment Module for Barra Basics.  Back then, Karen had to jump in to untangle a big 120 cm fish from the weeds. And in…

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King Threadfin

Smashed by King Threadfin in Rockhampton

King Threadfin are one of the most underrated sportsfish in my opinion. They grow big and have a powerful thrusting tail that rips line off your reel in a screaming frenzy. King Threadfin are unpredictable fighters. They duck and weave and can also jump on occasion. I recall late in my charter career on a…

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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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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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Use whatever toppings you prefer to build out your fresh fish wrap.

Catch and Cook – Fish Wraps Recipe.

Next time you catch some fresh fish, try this catch and cook fish wraps recipe. It’s a quick and easy way to prepare fresh fish for the table and the kids will love it. Every catch and cook fresh fish recipe starts with the catching! For that we headed to Cooktown, in Far North Queensland.…

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Catch and cook Fingermark pan fried

Catch and Cook Golden Snapper

While we all love fishing, the catching is only part of the fun! Here we catch and cook Golden Snapper, a delicious food fish found near shore throughout northern Australia. And while we are ardent proponents of catch and release. That’s only after we have taken a fish for the table. Eating fresh fish has…

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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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Coral trout

Catching reef fish with shallow diving barra lures

This year during the barramundi closure we decided to do an experiment – catching reef fish on barra lures. It was after the moon when the deeper reef fish often go quiet, so we decided to give the shallow flats a go. The weather was an absolute glass so sight fishing was the order of…

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