Tag Archives: Learn More | Tips & Tackle

Ryan Moody catching big marlin off the GBR

How to splice dacron

Learning to splice dacron is a skill most regularly used by big game anglers but it can also be used to make a safety lanyard and never lose your sunglasses again. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen sunglasses and other objects disappear into the depths after falling over the side. Sure you can…

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A garfish rig is a great way to catch Spanish Mackerel

Garfish rig for trolling up mackerel – How To Video

Here’s possibly the best garfish rig for trolling up mackerel and other toothy sportsfish. While jigs and metal slices are great for mackerel when they’re on the bottom, a trolled garfish rig is the best way to entice a bite when they hit the surface. When riggiing, first check out our previous blog on making…

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When you tag and release fish you learn the history when it gets recaptured.

Why you should make the effort to tag and release fish

Ryan Moody Fishing Ambassador Ben ‘Westo’ Weston shares how and why he started to tag and release fish, how you can get into it too, and how he and good mate, fellow Barra Basics student Ben Gibertson, tagged and released the SAME metre plus barramundi two years apart. If it wasn’t tagged they never would…

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Choosing the right jig head

3 tips for fishing with jig heads and soft plastics

Fishing with jig heads and soft plastics is an extremely effective way to catch big fish consistently. I have been fishing with jig heads for many years now, and given the vast selection at the tackle shop, it can be a bit daunting knowing what to use. Using them correctly can result in fish catches…

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Spanish mackerel fishing rig using custom gang hooks

Spanish mackerel fishing rig – custom gang hooks

It’s winter time and one of the premium times to catch mackerel in north Queensland. A popular Spanish mackerel fishing rig is gang hooks. Big Spanish mackerel pull like freight trains and are one of the true speedsters of the ocean.   They can also straighten hooks and this happened to me once upon a…

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What's in Ryan Moody's tackle box

Setting up your tackle box

In this video blog we’re looking at setting up your tackle box for fishing in small boats to make sure you have all the essentials covered. Having run a successful barra fishing charter business for 30 years, I’ve made my share of mistakes, left things I need at home, and carted around stuff for years…

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How to navigate bad weather in small boats

Boat handling tips for a smoother ride in rough weather

When I’m out and about on the water, I see so many people put unnecessary wear and tear on themselves and their vessel, simply by travelling on the wrong angle in rough weather. So in this video blog, I’m going to cover a few boat handling tips to get a smoother ride in rough weather…

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Techniques to catch King Threadfin

Techniques to Catch King Threadfin

King Threadfin Salmon is the larger of the 2 Threadfin Salmon varieties found in tropical and Sub tropical Australian waters. They are a much sought after sportfish by anglers especially those who have mastered the art of catching barra and want to move on to the next challenge. Because King Threadfin can do some strange…

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Garmin Ultra High Definition sounder

Garmin UHD transducer best in the creeks

Garmin introduced their new Garmin UHD transducer (ultra high definition) and black box this year… and I was lucky enough to be one of the test pilots. As you may know if you’ve done our Sounder Skills 1 course, higher definition frequencies like 800 kHz provide good clarity of the underwater landscape. Now with the Garmin…

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Catching fingermark with squid at night

Catch and rig live squid for Fingermark Golden Snapper

Live squid are an amazing bait for fingermark (Golden Snapper) but can be a little tricky to rig up. In this post we use a squid jig to catch some squid for our fingermark session.   A cast net or scoop net can also be used when they are plentiful. Smaller squid are rigged a…

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