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Garmin Echomap Ultra fish finder

GARMIN ECHOMAP Ultra review

In this fish finder review, we take a look at the GARMIN echoMAP Ultra 105 and 125 sonar units. As followers of this blog will know, I’m a huge Garmin fan, although I have used Lowrance, Furuno and Humminbird in the past. It doesn’t really matter what brand you prefer. Far more important than the…

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Removing salt spray on sunglasses can be a real pain in the butt

Salt spray on sunglasses is the bane of every small boat angler.

As a professional fishing guide for 30 years, I have had to remove salt spray from sunglasses maybe 30 times a day. Modern fishing shirts and polyester jumpers just seem to smear it. The cleaning cloths provided soon get wet and salty with the end result being more smears. Even towels don’t work unless you…

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Choosing the right sinker size for estuary fishing

Choose the right sinker size

You’ll catch more fish if you choose the right sinker size. If you fish too heavy, fish will feel the weight and drop the bait before they’re hooked. Too light and you won’t be on the bottom. It’s critical to choose the right sinker size and get your bait on the bottom when fishing for…

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Metre plus barramundi on a handcrafted timber lure

Making timber lures that work

It’s one thing making timber lures, quite another to make ones that catch big fish. No-one knows this better than master lure craftsman Dave Killalea – now operating under the name Old Dog Lures. I have caught over 2000 massive metre plus barra in my time, many on a Dave Killalea lure. When making a…

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Deep drop fishing for spectacular queen snapper

Deep drop fishing

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but I learned something new deep drop fishing for Flame Tail snapper and other monsters of the deep off Brisbane. Deep drop fishing is fast becoming popular with offshore anglers. And not just Australia but around the world. It’s a little more outside the box…

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How to choose the right propeller for your boat

Choosing the right propeller for your boat

Choosing the right propeller for your boat can be a bit hit and miss. Considerations include boat design, weight distribution, running characteristics (RPM) and how and where it will be used. When choosing the right propeller for your boat you’ll also want to consider the material used (aluminium or stainless), number of blades and pitch.…

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Garmin livescope sonar great for understanding fish behaviour

Understand fish movements with Garmin Livescope

Understanding fish behaviour is no longer such a challenge with the new Garmin Livescope. After getting the unit several months ago, I was finally able to get out into the field and put it through its paces. Garmin Livescope adds a whole new dimension to your fishing. Watch fish respond to your lures in real-time!…

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Fixing cracked rod tip with Ryan Moody

Rod tip repair with Mason

A couple of days ago I met 7 year old Mason at the dawn service and noticed his rod tip was in need of a rod tip repair. But we before we continue I’d like to share some great news! From 6-12th May we are having a May Madness sale and reducing the price of…

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How to tie a running rig for snapper and carp with a blood knot

Running rigs: how to tie plus when and where to use one!

  Today I’m going to talk about the humble old running rig. But before you switch off and think “I know how to tie that”; using this rig has a time and place and I regularly see people getting it wrong! So not only am I going to show you how to tie a running rig,…

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Best mono to mono fishing knot

Best mono to mono fishing knot

When it comes to the best mono to mono fishing knot, there are a few to consider. But my favorite is the double blood knot. I learned to tie this as a young fella and it’s still as relevant today. Because it’s easy to tie, has tags that don’t stick out and catch on guides,…

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