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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

Large mouth Nannygai on Wonky Holes

Every time I find myself wanting to catch some large mouth nannygai, I’m always on the look out for Wonky Holes! Large mouth nannygai are a beautiful red sportsfish in the Lutjanidae family – a relation of Fingermark and Mangrove Jack. Large mouth nannygai are great to eat and fight hard! They are typcially found…

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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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Catch and cook coral trout with Ryan Moody

Catch and cook – coral trout

I know we are a big proponent of catch and release, but like most anglers we also like to catch and cook! Especially Coral Trout. In today’s video blog, I head to the reef with my old mate Ruffy and we pick up 40 or so coral trout. Most were released as we were fishing…

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Getting your fish finder right to find untouched Wonky Holes

Garmin and Ryan Moody Fishing Ambassador Ben “Westo” Weston takes the reins for this week’s blog post. Ben was one of our first “Wonky Holes” online course members and has since gone on to find some fantastic country off the coast of Central Queensland using his trusty Garmin fish finder. Be sure and read to…

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Burley bombs to attract and catch reef fish

Burley Bombs – the clean way to consistently catch reef fish

Using burley is a well established method to attract reef fish to your boat. Typically, bait is chopped up on the spot and thrown randomly overboard, or is placed in a chum tube and manually minced at intervals to disperse the bits and pieces of burley. The problem is, that without a constant steady stream,…

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Cryovac beats the old freezer burn problem for fish fillets.

Tag and release fish while taking home a feed

Today we are joined by guest writer Stephen “Pedro” Parker – a guy who really walks the walk when it comes to being an active member of the recreational fishing community. Pedro has represented recreational fishers on various management committees, edited a fishing newsletter, tag and released some 3260 fish, while still managing to take…

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How to build a naturally plumbed live bait tank into your boat

Keeping live bait without a pump

After going to all the trouble of catching your live bait, you don’t want it dying due to lack of oxygen or dirty water. The best way to look after your live bait is to keep it in a naturally plumbed tank built into your boat. By creating a sealed section in your boat you…

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