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 and I just can’t help it.

Over the Christmas break on a trip from Townsville to Cairns in our game boat “Mood Swings”, I found myself feeding the addiction once again. I swear one day I will run into something (charter boat, what charter boat?? haha) because I’ve had my eye on the sounder too long.

But this is how you find the good country and fishing spots that have never been touched before. Best part is you can do it in a SMALL BOAT.

We were coming into Fitzroy Island to spend the night and we still had a few hours of daylight left so decided to take a wide turn past some ground that looked interesting on the charts. Sure enough in half an hour I found a couple and some had really good numbers of fish.

You could have fished these areas in a 4 mt tinny as we were no further than 5 mile off the coast. Using an 80 gram twitch lure I had a quick drop on one of them and before my jig reached the bottom I was on. A nice 5 to 6 kg Scarlet seas perch popped up and we moved on and anchored up at Fitzroy for the night.


Wonky Holes off Cairns produced this lovely Scarlet Sea Perch or Nannygai

Jigging Wonky Holes off Cairns produced this lovely Scarlet Sea Perch or Nannygai on a Twitch Lure.


Next morning popping in to the same region I found another 4 and had a quick drop on one before heading into Cairns. Same result again and another good fish to take back for mum and dad. We made a quick video which you can watch below.


Cairns is blessed with most of the main ingredients needed for a brilliant destination to hunt Wonky holes. The major rivers, Inlet and the slope of the ancient valley (pre last ice age) make it amazing country.

The Giant ranges out the back are another contributing factor.

My Wonky Holes online fishing course covers all this and gives you the pathway required to find and fish them consistently. Here are a couple of students having great success in this area...


Wonky Holes online fishing course produces the goods near Cairns


Cairns is the start of the region where the ranges get pretty close to the ocean which can pronounce the effects that cause Wonky Holes to form very close to shore. Port Douglas, the Daintree and Cooktown are all blessed with major areas of Wonky Holes.

While Wonky Holes are found right down to Fraser island and there are other areas (e.g. Gulf of Carpentaria) that have some good country, it's Cairns north that's my favourite. You just cannot beat that ease of access in a small boat.

So although you might see me fish them in our 40 footer, much of my wonky hunting has been in my 5.6 m barra boat. Yes seriously the inshore angler now has a chance to catch good fish without upgrading his boat!  Obviously though you'll still have to play it safe with the weather regardless and only go when its good.

Many of my students are now suffering the same illness and finding themselves getting addicted to finding these honey holes.


Big fish in small boats fishing Wonky Holes

Big fish in small boats fishing Wonky Holes

Finding Wonky Holes gets addictive

Finding Wonky Holes gets addictive


Want to know more about Wonky Holes?

CLICK HERE to watch our FREE Wonky Holes presentation.




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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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