There’s a place you can go where the letters G & T have nothing to do with an alcoholic beverage, a place where the water embodies every shade of blue imaginable and the fish turn wooden lures into scraps of kindling. It’s the Outer Barrier Reef, and I was sent on assignment for Trade-A-Boat Magazine.


I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I’ve always dreamed of heading out on a Nomad Sportfishing trip - it really is the holy grail of liveaboard fishing charters. So when the guys from Simrad offered to have me along for the ride on their upcoming four day trip, I was pretty damn excited. The goal? Field test the latest Simrad gear and dabble in a bit of world-class fishing, oh and I dabbled alright - here’s my photo journal.


Departing Mackay at sunset.


Packed to the gunnels.


Corona’s and poppers – is this heaven?


Not a bad spot to wake up…


Rigged and ready.


Straight into the action.



First fish of the trip – Kenny Thompson certainly wasn’t complaining (left). I quickly followed it up with one of my own on the Dogtooth stickbait (right).


The Cubera does it again.


The new Simrad gear does the trick.


The McKee Craft’s are little sportfishing weapons.


Bycatch of all different shapes and sizes. 


Nick Hamilton Smith with a mega trout!


Our poppers weren’t immune to a few Spanish mack attacks either.


After a long day’s fishing what do you feel like doing? More fishing. 


Riley Tolmay couldn’t move the local cod…


…But landed a monster GT. 



We were able to perfectly position our poppers with the Simrad gear.


I battled for life and limb…


…And came up trumps.


Even better, every GT we landed went unharmed and released. 


The locals.


It’s easy to see how these brutes can bust you off – check out that coral.


The boys at Hamilton Island Air dropped in to say hi.


Our ride home.


Back to reality.



Keep your eyes peeled in Trade-A-Boat magazine for the full story.

Fore more information on Nomad Sportfishing trips: http://nomadsportfishing.com.au/

Fore more information on Simrad products: http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-au/


Is there a fish you want me to attempt to catch? A location I should fish? A photographic challenge? You tell me. Either email fishfingers18@yahoo.com or leave a comment below.


Until next week.


Jack Murphy



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