Chris Raimondi

Chris grew up in southeast Queensland and chases everything from whiting and flathead to red emperor and snapper. Over the past few years Chris’s keenness for offshore reef fishing has grown into a passion. You might also catch Chris gracing your TV screens as a regular on Channel Seven’s Creek to Coast program.

Trailer boat trips to Fraser Island

Fraser Island – it’s a fishing and boating paradise and, to me, it is simply one of the greatest places on earth. For all its beauty though, Fraser can be a brutal place at times, with many boats and four-wheel-drives coming undone on its soft white sands. Trailer boat trips to Fraser Island can be very rewarding but it’s important …

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Live baiting tricks

FOR a few reasons, live baiting is often a technique overlooked when fishing offshore reefs for bottom-dwelling species. I am not entirely sure why – perhaps it’s because it can be difficult, frustrating and time consuming to catch live bait, but once sourced livies can be dynamite. When you consider that every single lure ever developed aims to mimic an …

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When options run out in Brisbane

THE reefs off Brisbane and highly populated areas of the Gold and Sunshine coasts can often be unhappy hunting grounds for recreational anglers. As for most people, much of my fishing is restricted to weekends. Squeezing your fishing into specific days is the opposite of what is conducive to success. Options Brisbane In a perfect world, we’d only fish when …

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Land-based prospecting in CQ

IF you’re anything like me, you spend far too much time monitoring weather websites waiting for the perfect opportunity to head offshore. Of course, when the weather comes good, that thing called ‘work’ often gets in the way. Then there are current conditions, swell and a stack of other variables to consider if you’re running with a smaller boat as …

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Going solo off Fraser Island

solo red emperor fraser

Those situations were very different to the prospect of beach launching, venturing out through the surf and fishing offshore of Fraser Island solo. Although within radio range of VMR Hervey Bay, the offshore waters east of Fraser Island are fairly remote in that you’re a fair way from help if something goes wrong. A lot of factors were going through …

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Top prawning tips for southeast Queensland

tips prawning southeast queensland

Bramble Bay, out the front of Clontarf Beach, is my go-to area in Moreton Bay. South of Brisbane, a good place to start is Jacobs Well, as are the power lines, Rocky Point, the Saltworks, Redland Bay and the Logan River. CR: When you’re out chasing prawns, how do you find them? DA: Like when you’re fishing, having a good …

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Summer tactics for Moreton Bay

moreton bay snapper summer

Also abnormal for that season was the number of big, often unstoppable snapper encountered. I believe the abundance of bait and nutrients exiting the river systems, coupled with the significantly reduced fishing pressure (during and straight after the floods), was the primary reason for those fish being there. With that theory in mind, it’s important to pinpoint the areas of …

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Northern Conquest Charter Trip

A big whale shark cruised towards the San Miguel, inquisitive as to what we were doing in its backyard. Slowly and without a care or worry in the world, this massive beast cruised on by, accompanied by a few remora and cobia. What a sight! On what was turning into an amazing day weather wise, we decided to deploy a spread of …

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