This method probably accounts for more fish caught in Queensland than any other.

The beauty of this method is that the live-bait does most of the work for you. However, there is a big difference in catch rate between the angler who presents his/her bait effectively and the one who just casts over the side. But as they say, better to have a line in than not at all.

At Gone Fishing we’ll teach you how to match hook size to bait, sinker size to current and depth and take the time to explain why. Let your guide position you effectively on the many snags that abound along our local rivers. Run your bait down with the current, trying to feel the live-bait swimming – this is very important because you’re fishing so close to snags to entice a ‘hit’. Your bait will usually become very active before a strike and any early warning, could mean the difference between landing the fish of a lifetime or losing it to the submerged timber.

Alternatively, free-lining baits such as herring, prawns and mullet along the mangroves whilst underway with the electric motor is a truly exciting, and an effective way of enticing some of Australia’s best fighting fish out of the mangroves – whether you can keep them out is another matter.  If you’re planning a trip up the Cape then a day spent with ‘Gone Fishing’ will set you up nicely for what is on offer up there.

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