Red emperor

Boat camping around Cape York

boat camping

IT has been a great start to the year and we have scored cracking weather between wet season squalls and thunderstorms. Boating during the wet can be a gamble, let alone boat camping, because you simply can’t trust weather forecasts and it can turn nasty extremely quickly. The wet certainly came late, with heavy rain and thunderstorms on Thursday Island from mid-February. That …

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Tin Can Bay fishing refreshed

tin can bay fishing refreshed

G’DAY crew! I hope you have managed to stay dry and out of the downpours we’ve had. But how good is this rain!? Good for the sea and great for the land. On the topic of rain, Tin Can Bay copped a proper washdown at the beginning of February, with several locals recording over 350mm in a two-day period and …

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Rain and small weather windows prove tough but rewarding

small weather windows river to reef fishing charters

SUMMER is quickly coming to a close, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. With consistent rain and lighter wind around central Queensland, fishos have been waiting for the small weather windows between the rain to get out and fish the blue water. These weather windows have become increasingly uncommon in recent years, so it has been a welcome change. …

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Southeast Queensland offshore options

southeast queensland offshore fishing

MY lovely editor Dan Tomlinson sent me a message asking me to pen a small wrap-up on the southeast Queensland offshore fishing situation, which I must say has been going off in many instances. Offshore from South Passage Bar and Double Island Point have both fished really well for a variety of bottom and pelagic species. I have mainly been …

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Exploratory sojourn to Swain Reefs

swain reefs gt

A FISHING trip to Swain Reefs had been on my bucket list for many years and was continually reinforced each time I read a BNB scribe’s epic trip report. As mentioned in last month’s editorial, I got the call up to accompany a select crew put together by Wilson Fishing including Troy (Dicko) Dixon, Clint Fannin, a number of tackle …

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Battling the current to boat big red fish

battling current double island point

BETWEEN bad weather and doing a new electronics refit to my boat, it had been a while between offshore fishing trips. With the new Furuno DFF3D, autopilot and another Furuno TZtouch2 multifunction display installed by Quality Marine Electronics I was keen to try it all out. With a reasonable weather forecast predicted, we soon found our way out the Wide …

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A fishing trip to remember off 1770

1770 fishing trip

1770 is a place I call paradise. It’s a place where no matter who you are, what you enjoy doing, how good a fisher you are, you will love it. I’m sure anyone who has experienced a 1770 fishing trip will agree. A few weeks ago we asked some mates from all around Australia and even New Zealand to come …

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Fishing freedom off Fraser Island

fishing off fraser red emperor

AFTER a few trips off the Gold Coast with only a few snapper caught, the weather gods looked down on us with very good days. We were watching for a decent weather window to head north out of Wide Bay Bar and hit the red emperor grounds off Fraser Island. As the weekend approached, we saw a run of light …

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Bad weather abates for Turkey Beach trip

turkey beach goldband

The good news is the goldbands were still there, as were huge pearlies and big snapper. George made another spectacle of himself with a great double hook-up of the largest redthroat of the trip and a big snapper. We were impressed by the consistent size of the parrot and redthroat out deep and the quality of the pearl perch was …

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Experiencing the Bunker Group reefs

bunker group reefs crayfish

It is important to remember when entering the water that you are entering the fish’s world. You are the unexpected guest, not them. A lot of people fear what can be found in our Queensland waters and it is only normal in the beginning, especially being a fisher and knowing that about 20 percent of fish caught in the shallows …

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