Tag Archives: Exploring Australia

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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Feeder creek into Princess charlotte Bay

Blue Salmon Blues – Princess Charlotte Bay Episode 5

Episode 5 of our Princess Charlotte Bay trip we aptly named the Blue Salmon Blues (click here to start the series from the beginning). Fishing the first part of our trip was curtailed due to the fin fish closure. Despite the magic weather offshore, we were limited to targeting Fingermark and other permitted species. As luck…

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Fishing the Flinders Islands at Sunset

Fishing the Flinders Islands – PCB Episode 4

In Episode 4 of our Princess Charlotte Bay trip we have a mad fingermark session fishing the Flinders Islands (click here to start at Episode 1). Because the start of our trip fell in the fin fish closure, we were limited in the species we could target. Coral trout and large mouth nannygai were off…

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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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Essential spares for a long boat trip.

Boat trip planning and preparation for Princess Charlotte Bay

To head on a long trip to a remote location such as Princess Charlotte Bay, requires a ton of boat trip planning and preparation. In fact we bought the boat in 2016 for this very trip. But for those of you who are new to our blog and community, a few things have happened. The…

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Sunset while camping at cape melville

Camping at Cape Melville

Camping at Cape Melville is one of our most treasured locations. Because it is so spectacular! The giant black rocks covering the hillsides, sloping down onto a stunning white beach is one of a kind. On this trip we headed back to the region as it has been some time (like a decade) since last…

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Hinchinbrook barra session

3 hour barra session on my new lures

With all this wind we’ve been unable to go offshore so we headed to Hinchinbrook for a barra session. Hinchinbrook is an amazing barra fishery and where I caught my 2000th metre plus barra! The mud as it is only allows access to the boat ramp at certain times, so on this day we only…

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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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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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