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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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Water removed from outboard fuel system

Water in your outboard motor can be costly

Last month I ended up with some water in my outboard motor. It was a costly exercise as the fuel system had to be stripped down, the water removed and all filters replaced. Check your water trap! In 30 years of charters I had never encountered this issue before as I am usually very diligent…

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Anchoring on a fingermark school can yield good catches of this beautiful fish

Anchoring on a Fingermark school accidentally

While the wife planned a no fishing boat trip, I accidentally anchored on a Fingermark school. And all hell broke loose as I jigged up four from four. Although as you’ll see in the video, perhaps it wasn’t so “accidental”. Golden Snapper or Fingermark are a delicious food fish and great sportsfish to boot. When traversing…

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You cannot target barra during the barramundi fishing closure

Barramundi fishing closure

The east coast Barramundi fishing closure runs from midday 1st November to 1 February each year. The Gulf of Carpentaria closed season for barramundi runs from midday 7 October to midday 1 February (but possession on boats allowed to midday 17 October). It is prohibited to deliberately target barramundi in Queensland (even for catch and…

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Use a paternoster rig to avoid snags

How to tie a paternoster rig and tips to avoid snags.

Learning how to tie a paternoster rig (dropper or snapper rig) is great for rock walls or areas you get snagged often. Getting snagged is a big time waster as you have to retie your knots. It’s very frustrating and you also leave line and debris in the envirnonment to catch birds and other critters.…

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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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