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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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How to measure fish correctly on a fish measuring device

3 Tips for measuring fish correctly

Many people approach measuring fish with a pretty slap happy approach and risk hefty fines if the fish is borderline legal. In this video we cover 3 useful tips for measuring fish correctly and keep you out of trouble with Fisheries. With my profile, I try and always set a good example plus I take…

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Sharpen a knife so it holds it's edge

How to sharpen a fish filleting knife

No one knows how to sharpen a knife better than a butcher, so today we talk to Callan from Cardwell Butchery about how to sharpen a fish filleting knife so that it holds it’s edge. Keeping your knife razor sharp is the key to good fillets and getting the most flesh from the fish frame.…

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RMF knot - modified albright to replace FG knot joining fishing line to leader

Replace FG knot with RMF knot

As you may know, I don’t use a swivel and tie my leader directly to the main line. It’s called the wind on leader system and it’s so we can have a far longer abrasive resistant leader which can be wound directly onto the rod. There are numerous ways to make the connection, and being…

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Trailer wheel bearing changes made easy with this simple and free tooll

Handy wheel bearing tool

Regular trailer maintenance is a must if you want to avoid getting stuck on the side of the road with a breakdown. Launch and boat retrieval in and out of saltwater causes all sorts of damage over time and wheel bearings must be checked and changed regularly. One of the trickiest parts of changing your…

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Designing fishing lures

Fishing lure design with Dave Killalea

Looking at the wall of lures in every tackle shop, I can’t help but think fishing lures catch more anglers than fish. In the right hands however, fishing lures are a very effective angling tool. I personally mostly fish with lures these days as my bung knee plays up when I run down the beach…

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Wonky Holes off Cairns

Wonky Holes off Cairns

Every time I find myself travelling long distances in a boat, I’m always on the look out for Wonky Holes! Even to the extent that I veer away from my destination, just to travel to some country that looks indicative on the charts. I think this addiction of 25 years really starting to take hold…

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Easy anchor retrieval using a float

Easy Anchor Retrieval using a float.

Fishing the reef can involve moving around a lot and with the average offshore boat is too big for an electric and too small for an anchor winch. The result is a never ending back breaking task of retrieving your anchor! Unless you have a fit deckie, continually weighing anchor can get a bit tedious…

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Easy hook removal using bent nose pliers

Easy hook removal

A handy tool I never go fishing without is a set of bent nose pliers. They are brilliant to get hooks out of fish especially in throat hooked fish when the fish hooks are deeply embedded. I find the bent nose enables me to see what I’m doing, and with a quick twist the hook…

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Binding weave for custom fishing rod

Custom Fishing Rods

Having a custom fishing rod built can be a wonderful indulgence and may not be as expensive as you may think. A major advantage is that you can have the rod built to suit YOU and your style of fishing. Not only can a custom fishing rod accommodate a specific purpose, they can also be…

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