Quite often I get asked what Wonky Holes look like.
Thirty years ago when I lived and worked on the marlin boats, I dived, snorkelled and went spear fishing every other day. Unfortunately it was without an underwater camera!
So to get some great footage (without me having to squeeze the verandah into a wetsuit or try and hold my breath), we invited B2B young guns Az and Strick from Back2Basics Adventures.
If you’re wanting to do get out into the great outdoors and do some fishing, spearing and adventuring but not sure where to start, the B2B guys take adventure lovers on trips around far north Queensland and beyond.
Anyway I digress.
In order to get some great underwater footage showing what Wonky Holes look like I took the guys to one of my shallower holes and the lads swam down to take a look.
What Wonky Holes look like.
For those that don’t know, Wonky Holes are underwater springs that exit from the seafloor.
They flow more readily in years of heavy rain and attract a mirad of sea life, including top grade food fish like Large mouth nanny-gai, red emperor, coral trout and gold spot cod.
I have made finding and fishing Wonky Holes a passion since I discovered my first one, over 30 years ago.
And they were the backbone of my reef charter business as I saved a ton of fuel fishing Wonky Holes instead of travelling all the way to the reef.
One of the main benefits of having finding a good selection of Wonky Holes, is that they occur inside the reef so you save yourself heaps on fuel.
PLUS…unless you know what and where to look, they are hard to find and you’ll likely have those spots to yourself.
Finding Wonky Holes is an art, and in a previous blog post RMF Ambassador Ben (Westo) Weston shows you how to get your sounder right to find untouched Wonky Holes and some screenshots showing you what to look for.
They are plentiful inside the Great Barrier Reef from Fraser Island north and I have found over 400 so far.
Back in the day we used to have to run right over the top of them so you really had to spend every day on the water to maximise your chances. Now with the advent of side scan, it makes finding them within reach of recreational anglers who may have limited time to look.
That said I have learned some short cut tricks to finding them over my 30 odd years looking, which we cover in our online fishing course Wonky Holes.
They can also be accessed in small boats like these we found just off the coast of Cairns. You may have noticed that in my photos and videos fishing Wonky Holes, we are not that far from land. Do be wary of weather if you do venture out in a small boat.
Lots of people imagine what Wonky Holes look like underwater, and they are certainly not all the same.
So to get an idea of what they look like, we got some great underwater footage with the help of the B2BAdventures boys and also included some fishing action taken from my brother Ian Moody and his charter on the same day fishing nearby.