Two things in life define me, my ability to dream and my penchant for expensive toys. I think I know where it started. I was 12 years-old. The location was K Mart at Wynnum West. Up the back was a glass cabinet that could only be unlocked by an appropriately trained staff member - like all expensive things in Wynnum, it pays to lock them up. In this cabinet sat 2 items that would mesmerise me: Alvey reels & fish finders.
A couple of editions back, you might remember I went through the process of installing a bow mounted electric motor on my tinnie.
Over the last few months, the electric has been such a welcome addition to "Big Bad Barry" that I decided to go next level and pimp my sounder.
So, why the upgrade?
I fish for fun and food – simple as that. I won’t apologise for bringing home a tasty, nutritious feed of fish to feed my family, and I like to keep a few feeds in the freezer for between trips. So, I will never give anyone a hard time for putting some fillets in the freezer. What has always hit a nerve with me though, is waste. I hate to see it. It makes me angry.
For many southern anglers, the lure of tropical species like red emperor and coral trout combined with a reef system full of picturesque islands and coral cays that allows safe overnight anchorages, all only 30 miles from the mainland,will have them towing their rigs six or seven hours north hoping to tick these species off their bucket list.
When it comes to the apex predators of the coral bombies of the Great Barrier Reef, the blue spot coral trout would have to be up there as the top dog.
Growing to over a metre in size and with an attitude best resembling a pit bull terrier, the blue spot trout is in all essence a top line reef brawler.
It was love at first sight when we crossed paths at the Brisbane Boat Show. A good friend of mine introduced us, the next four hours were spent pawing over her and finding out as much as I could about this beauty. The Tracker Pro Guide V-175 SC had everything I wanted in a boat and more! The only question was, how did she ride?
If you are in the market for a serious offshore trailer boat, then look no further as the Surtees 650 Game Fisher (650) ticks all of those angling boxes.
Surtees had in mind the serious offshore angler when designing this incredible watercraft.
Apart from your hook, the line it is tied to is the next most important part of the whole fishing equation. Leaders, traces, tippets, call ‘em what you will’, that all important bit of line which is tied to your hook is a vital but often overlooked piece of angling equipment.
For decades now Cape York has been considered an iconic and bucket list destination for off road travellers in Australia seeking out the adventure of remote territory and untouched landscapes. With access roads constantly improving and the technology of 4WD vehicles and accessories continuing to evolve, the journey north into Cape York has become less arduous.