North Queensland is blessed with some amazing waterways filled with equally amazing fish species. The reason for this piscatorial richness can be attributed to our diverse and mostly unspoilt catchments. Catchments can best be described as natural landscapes which collect and channel rainwater.
The Haines Signature 495F is the new entry level cuddy cab from the Haines Group. Replacing the 493F, it has been redesigned and tweaked a little. Suitable for a family fun day on the water, fishing or even the overnight camping trip.
When I saw the weather report of 25-30 knots and 2m swells, I contacted Pat at Waverider Boats and said let’s postpone until another day. He replied, "The only thing that can stop us is fear. Fear not!" With a comment like that, what could I do but make my way to Mooloolaba to try it out?
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?