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JACQUI BRAUMAN: Hi, everyone. Jacqui Brauman here. I’ve been given control of the podcast this time because I’m interviewing Daniel.It’s our first episode back for season 3 and we’ve had a quiet couple of years. So, what’s been going on, how are we going? DANIEL: We went quiet for a couple of years. COVID really hit us pretty hard down here in Victoria. So we haven’t really had much of a chance to get out and do a lot of fishing, but it did allow us a lot of time to get......

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marlin in march
March 27, 2022

Marlin in March

After putting the tower onto the boat in January, we left the boat on the Gold Coast for a month, while I went back to work – looking forward to my annual pilgrimage for marlin in March. Then I had 6 weeks off, from the end of Feb 2022, to go up and bring the boat home. I had a crew of the boys with me to bring the boat back down from the Gold Coast to Bermagui, and then 4 weeks of fishing for marlin from there. Here’s some footage: We......

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getting a tower
February 15, 2022

Getting a Tuna Tower

A tuna tower is the pinnacle of cool kit to put on a fishing boat – not only does it look hot, but it also allows a significant increase in visibility into the water – for both fish and for dangers under the surface when fishing around reefs. Getting a tuna tower on our boat only became a possibility because Black Marlin Towers had a secondhand one advertised on Facebook – and it turned out to be perfect for our Riv. I had to get the boat up to the Gold Coast......

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Melbourne to Gold Coast

This trip was to be the Big Test before our Big Trip. Although we didn’t have very long – only two weeks to get the boat from Melbourne to the Gold Coast in the Christmas break of 2021 to 2022. But we would be living on the boat together, with no one else to help, and have the two kelpies with us – Scout and Terra. Port Phillip Bay to Refuge Cove We left Wyndham marina at about 11pm on 23 December 2021, and just trolled across Port Phillip Bay. We went......

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early season tuna
January 22, 2021

Early season tuna

In early January, there were hundreds of small school bluefin tuna straight out the front of the Port Phillip Bay heads, stretching West along to Barwon Heads. They were in very close, and the large schools were clearly visible in the swell and on the surface. But they just were not eating! They would not take lures, whether trolled or stick-bait. Those who were spear fishing could do well, if they could see them in the water. We were luck enough to have a couple of these early season tuna. When we......

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Refuge cove
December 30, 2020

Refuge Cove

With COVID-19 lockdowns throughout 2020, we really hadn’t taken the boat out much or explored the Victorian coastline.So in the break between Christmas and New Year, we took the dogs for a trip to Refuge Cove for a couple of nights. It was their first time on the boat without being able to get off for a couple of days, so it was a good chance to see how they coped. Refuge Cove was a day trip from Queenscliff, on the Eastern side of Wilson Promontory. It can only be got to......

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HOoked

In this episode of the Hooked Podcast, Bro speaks with big game fisherman, Mark Watson, from Tasmania. With decades of experience fishing for tuna, kingfish and broadbill in Tasmania, Mark also has a reputation as a man who can land and tag that big game fish, no matter what the conditions. He’s had multiple tag-and-release trophies, but his collection of tales (and tails) and memories are the most valuable from his fishing life. He even gives us some advice about marriage!...

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HOoked

In these special double episodes, Bro speaks with Tim Dean from Calypso about that pinnacle fish – the marlin. Captain Tim Dean has been fishing the entire East Coast of Australia all of his life. Starting out at the age of 5 years old with his father John fishing from small boats on the South Coast of Australia for the big yellowfin which used to frequent these waters Tim saw his future. After completing an apprenticeship as an electrical mechanic in Sydney Tim undertook the Captain’s Course. Utilising all the sea time he......

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