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Flat Weather Antics

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Flat Weather Antics

The long-anticipated break in the south-easterly trade winds finally landed early in October. We joined the masses and hit the water to try and put some fish in our very empty freezers. Darryl, Matt and I made our way north to a few of Darryl’s favourite haunts. We stopped over on a few wonky holes on the way out, though they were all but devoid of life, barely worth dropping a bait. As we investigated other marks on rubbly bottom, we found plenty of life, but had very limited success pulling reasonable fish. Nevertheless, we persisted in the area and...

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Sooty Grunter Sessions

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Sooty Grunter Sessions

The sooty grunter is an interesting species. In Queensland, “sooties” are originally native to gulf of Carpentaria drainages, but have made their way into certain east coast systems through stocking and habitat modification or water course crossover. In the east draining rivers of Far North Queensland, you will find sooties in the Barron, Russell/Mulgrave, Johnstone and Tully river catchments. Other populations are dotted down the coast as far south as the Mary river. This unusual distribution leads to some interesting patterns. Due to habitat variability and limited gene transfer between separate populations, sooties can be quite different between these systems....

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Late Season Jungle Perch

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Late Season Jungle Perch

The jungle perch is a charismatic and captivating little species. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for with aggression, tenacity and supreme predatory ability. Couple this with the remote and wild rainforest streams the better fish tend to inhabit and you have a challenging and rewarding target species that is incomparable to any others.  As we neared the end of 2019 and the onset of the big wet approached, the decision was made to go after jungle perch one final time before the inevitable rain and associated flooding locked us out of the better JP water...

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Happy Customers

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Happy Customers

Great to have customers  positively commenting on our staff service and advice. This gentleman managed to pull a great sized Spanish Mackerel land based after getting some advice from one of our junior staff. The Popper Worked a treat.    The same customer took some awesome snaps of the local taxman taking its fair share. This White-bellied Sea Eagle took a fish that didn't manage to make it back to the bottom. 

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Deep Structure Barramundi Fishing

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Deep Structure Barramundi Fishing

We’ve all been in the frustrating position of losing multiple lures to structure we are trying to fish. Aside from the general annoyance of repeatedly retying leaders, it can quickly become an expensive prospect. Another reason to avoid snagging is that fish hanging tight to the snag you’re fishing may become disturbed from the commotion of trying to remove a stuck lure. It’s worth mentioning here that losing lures is something that is not always avoidable, as there are many situations where you must get your lures right into nasty snaggy territory to induce a bite from fish holding tight...

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