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Finding Fish 🐠 🎣🐟: It’s Easy When You Know How – Ep 94

Finding Fish 🐠 🎣🐟: It’s Easy When You Know How – Ep 94

(upbeat music) – [Pascale] We’d spent the last
fortnight in Pancake Creek, having a great time fishing and exploring. But the coming weather looked like it favored a trip to the coral reef. We were headed for the
Capricorn Bunker group, the southernmost part of
the Great Barrier Reef, renowned for its world class diving. With easing winds coinciding
with smaller tides, we’ve made plans to leave our
anchorage at Pancake Creek and sail the 36 nautical
miles to Fitzroy Reef in the Capricorn Bunker group. We left in the early
morning, and as expected, it was a bit of a bumpy
ride getting off the coast, with the tide going against the wind causing confused seas. (gentle music) – Well, we’ve made it to Fitzroy Reef and we made it in good time. So, the tide is still
flooding out of the past, so you can see it’s running pretty hard. It’s cup of tea time. (laughs) And we’ve just gotta wait
about half an hour now and the tide will slacken
and we’ll make our way in. But we’re sort of fighting
the light as well. So, half an hour, there
should still be enough. It’s a really low tide, I
should be able to see the coral and we’ll get in. You’re not worried, are you Pascale? – [Pascale] No. (laughing) It’s more like when we get
in, there’s a few bombies. – No problem. (gentle music) – [Pascale] Good work, Skip. – Thanks. – We made it in, and it wasn’t actually even a little bit hair raising. It was pretty chill and straightforward. (laughs) I think a lot of people use that passage to come in here ’cause it’s
an awesome sheltered lagoon. We’ll see how it is at high tide tomorrow, but right now, it’s dead calm, so it’s a real treat to be out at the reef and in a little, cozy lagoon. So this is the first time in four months that we’ve been out to the reef. – We’ve come and we’ve anchored in the lagoon of Fitzroy Reef here. And often times you’ll
talk to other yachties and they’ll be like “Oh,
the fishing’s terrible, “and I went diving and the professionals “have ruined everything”. It’s not always the case, like when you come in to a coral lagoon, the things that make it a great anchorage, not much wave action,
not too much current, doesn’t make it that
exciting for fish, all right? But, where we’ve got an entrance channel coming in to a lagoon, and
particularly with just the last hour of the run in tide, there’ll be a fair bit of water movement and fish are attracted to that, because it’s bringing oxygenated water and it’s bringing food to them. So wherever you find like a
reef passage with flowing water, it’ll make it a little
bit more difficult to swim and it might not be a perfect anchorage, but you’ve got a better chance of seeing a lot more fish there. Usually the best anchorages,
the most protected, the stillest water,
you’re gonna jump in there and you’re gonna find
reasonably unimpressive coral and not a lot of fish. And it’s not necessarily
because the fish docks have been decimated. (laughs) It’s just that you’re in the
back lagoon of a coral reef and there’s not much going on. I guess, you know, it’s
the difference between going for a drive through
the CBD on a Sunday afternoon or hit the nightclub
strip on a Friday night. (Pascale laughs) – [Pascale] Anyway, we’ve
already seen a big school of fish and two turtles, so we
know it’s a good sign. And some bait being
chased on the surface too. – Yeah, we already know, don’t we? There’s water movement,
there’s a reef pass. Fish love change, they
love to be on the boundary. Anyone that’s in to permaculture, you’d know about boundaries, and reef passes are definitely boundaries. It’s the outside world coming
in to the inner lagoon, there’s change, there’s turbulence, and fish really like it. (spits)
Let’s finish that little spiel with a spit
in a mask, and we are off. (gentle music) (water splash) (relaxing music) – Pretty good dive. (gentle water splashes) Lots of turtles, sharks. That was a brilliant dive. It was a really fishy place. Lots of Trevally and Speckled
Emperor, and Red Bass. A big school of Red Bass. Pretty healthy reef. – Yeah, the visibility
is down, as you saw. And that’s because already,
just at this state of the tide, this whole lagoon is emptying
out through these passages so they’re bringing the silt load with it. So, you know, not amazing visibility, but on the low tide, when
the tide pushes back in, unfortunately, it’ll be later on, quite late in the afternoon, but we’d actually start
pushing some clearer water. – Yep.
– But again, a lot of those fish would then be on the other side of the channel over there, so. Yeah, it’s pretty good.
– Yeah. Sun’s everywhere, hey? Oh there we go. – Should we see how.. It’s even a nice bit of squid. (boat engine whirring) (fishing rod reeling) – [Pascale] What’s he got? – [Troy] Trout. – [Pascale] Oh. Coral trout. Hey, little buddy. (gentle water splashes) – [Troy] Nice size too. – [Pascale] Yeah. – So that’s a common trout. So Plectropomus Leopardis. And it’s lunch. – [Pascale] Yum. (fishing line dragging) – [Pascale] Whoa. Damn it. – [Troy] (mumbles) – [Pascale] (mumbles) – [Troy] Lost the bait? – [Pascale] Yep. (Troy laughs) (gentle music) (waves lapping) After a few dives inside
the pass of the lagoon, we took Mirrool in search
of clearer, deeper water outside the reef. (bird tweeting) (waves crashing) (gentle music) (water splash) (water bubbling) – All right, well that wasn’t too bad. That’s in about 14 meters
was getting these fish from. And that’s sufficiently enough depth for red wavelengths of light to be filtered out of the spectrum. So when we’re down there, it looks very blues and greens and so on. Every now and then, we’ll
hear from some viewers and they say “Why don’t
you use a red filter “on your cameras to bring
back some of those colors?” But the reality is, is once
we’re diving down below about that 10 meter limit, the
actual red has been filtered out by the water. And even if you have a red
filter, it doesn’t do much because there is no red light there, because a red filter works, of course, by filtering out the blue and the green and leaving the red behind. But there’s no red there. And that is why, as you go
deeper, these coral trout, they’ll lose that greeny
browny coloration they have up in the shallows, that
you might have seen us get. And then, once you start
getting the deeper trout, you get this brilliant red coloration. And that’s because there
is no red light down there. So because there’s no red light, this red is, it’s very,
very good camouflage. These trout look like a very gray, non-descript color down there. You can sort of see the outline. Obviously you can see
the bright and shadow, your eyes pick that up very well, but the color isn’t part of it. So that’s a pretty good
camouflage if you’re a fish and you’re going down deep. Make yourself bright red and it makes you harder to see.
(thud) And this snapper here, locally they’re called Red Throat Snapper. And now that we’re up
here, you can see why. (Pascale laughs) So, again, he’s a quite pretty fish. These ones are a little bit cagey. I was actually aiming for
the head on this fish, and I should’ve actually
led it a little bit so as it darted forward, it got it, and it was only right at
the end of the string. That flopper only just engaged, so you can see it’s gone there but it hasn’t gone
through to the other side. So it was lucky for me
but unlucky for this guy. Both of those should keep us well fed for the next few days, hey, Pascy? – [Pascale] Definitely. – All right, well I’ll
knock the sides off them and we’ll see how we go. – [Pascale] The sharks didn’t
even show up it was so quick. Over and done with. – That’s the important part, isn’t it? I mean, even though I didn’t
get these fish in the head, so there’s the lateral line,
in there is a whole bunch of little pores that receive
vibrations from the water and give the fish a lot
of information about the outside world. Even if the visibility is poor, fish have a very good awareness of what’s going on around them. But pretty much mirroring that, his spine will be running
down very, very close to that line. This part of the fish was still active, but he was sort of like a (laughs) I don’t know, paraplegic fish. This one, it’s hard to
see the lateral line on this trout but it runs through there, and that shot there, it
did go all the way through. I was able to get a bit closer. But that pretty much
paralyzed that trout as well from that point backwards. If you ever hear commercial
fishermen talking, they talk about getting a
greeny or a strawberry trout. Same trout, just different
depth that they came from. (gentle music) (water bubbling) (relaxing music) – [Pascale] Thank you for
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100 comments on “Finding Fish 🐠 🎣🐟: It’s Easy When You Know How – Ep 94

  1. Most Pro fisherman and Fishing Charters manage the reef respectfully, haven't you realized yet that they are the ones who create the scuttlebutt about a place being overfished…… Now your footage is gunna spoil this little secret.

  2. Stunning inner space work guys…& great marine life knowledge.✌🏾 If you've not already checked it out on Utube I recommend a 12 min Vlog by Guillaume NΓ©ry titled : One Breath Around The World. Amazing πŸ‘‹πŸ½

  3. What an unbelievably healthy reef! Wow….so great to see some still exist like that. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. Loved the clownfish at the end , one of my favourite fish on the reef and find myself watching them for many dives when I see them on spearing trips , thanks for sharing

  5. Loved the footage, loved the sound track , great production and very entertaining, thank you so much for taking the time to put this together, fair winds and great fishing!

  6. Just had a craxy week of crazy spring weather in AK NZ. Tornadosthe lot. A60 ft cat on a mooring got flipped several sinkings, containers blown off the stacks, roofs off in Mission Bay. Woo Hoo.

  7. Just Today I have received on my YouTube page a suggestion based on my interest.. suggesting your Chanel. I am very happy of finding you. Your page is for real people; in every single detail: starting from moderate Sailing, to Fishing, spearfishing and the most important very naif and simple not taking advantage, or offering advantage to dealers. with wonderful videos. Thank you.

  8. I reckon you guys dont even realise how cool you are and how epic are your vlog creations.that music and footage of Pascale's close encounter with the ray and surfacing made the hair on my arms stand up and troy with the spear gun.absolutely breathtaking.thanks so much for sharing

  9. That musicπŸ‘Œtroy blowing bubbles,waking up the convinced you guys are the best on sure a tv network would pay heaps for your content but I love the fact you are indepenent and have total artistic freedom.πŸ‘

  10. It looks like you guys are holding your breath forever because your dives looks SO DEEP……..can you please share with us how deep u go and how long you guys are holding your breath? in feet if that's possible

  11. The quality of your video's is outstanding. I didn't even manage to hold my breath for half the time, well done. Tell me, how to you prevent doing a Steve Irwin with the stingrays you encounter?

  12. Keep practicing Troy. My son has taken bubble ring blowing to next level. 😍

  13. You two are the most intelligent people on the internet. You provide the most informative sailing, diving and general sustainable earth videos on the net. Your cinematography is fantastic. Thank you so much for the enjoyment you bring.

  14. It is with great appreciation that i view all your videos from a place that is so different from my home. I live about 30km south of Montreal, Canada, in a small town called Salabery de Valleyfield with its population of 40,000 people. Here we are nearing the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. We have transitioned from 30c to 20c temperature then to teens next month, until we hit the -30c in January. I enjoy reading and viewing the description of each countries and comparing it with mine.Β 
    Your attitude and the way you describe what you do is really fun. I have noticed that you are well versed in trouble shooting mechanical and environmental situations.Β 
    I have a passion for cooking and Pascale gives me great ideas. I can only imagine the change she has encountered from the busy city life to the open sea and free life on board. Not always sunshine but i would guess rewarding.
    So this was a little bit of me and my home town for now (soon to move into the bush).
    Keep up the fun videos and your sharing of your life with us all.

  15. Your channel has so much to offer. It is a great mixture of good information, better and better photography approaching professional quality, great but unobtrusive music, sometimes some delicious food preparation and the fact that Pascy is such a gorgeous Lady never goes unnoticed.

  16. May i ask you guys a question!!
    What is the plastic waste in the sea around Australia? is it bad as in the pacific.
    I had the fortune to sail my Contessa 26 around the world in the late 80s solo and then i saw a problem
    I cant believe what i now see on you tubers channels omg!!!!
    how do we stop this ???

  17. You two are as down to earth as it gets. So refreshing to see something worth watching without the gratuitous T&A that is prevalent in most of the other folks videos.

  18. Thank you for a new video from your warm and sunny part of our planet, its the best part of the week, a new episode in, what I think , must be the perfect way of living,

  19. Held my breath for ages ….. but didn’t catch a fish. 🀣

    You guys set the bar higher and higher. Skill, science, know-how, humour, fun …. and charm. You’re awesome inheritors of the traditions set by Frank and Margaret Dye, Lin and Larry Pardey, Eric and Susan Hiscock … I know you’ll never claim it, but your seafaring is every bit as exciting – and exacting – as theirs. They didn’t have YouTube to convey their stories, but your narratives are as rich. Perhaps richer, wider, more rounded.

    Huge congratulations and many many thanks for sharing your journey so beautifully. πŸ€™πŸ₯‚⛡️❣️

  20. I’m not sure if I would be playing with the lion fish like that, they’re venom is rarely fatal but can give a nasty sting….

  21. The diving is beautiful but as soon as I see a shark I am out. And I can’t hold my breath more than 30 seconds before I see stars. I love these videos.

  22. Easily your best work so far and at a place that is special to me, made it so much more enjoyable to watch. Thanks you so much for sharing.

  23. I'd love to spend time learning sailing from you guys….as a person who wants to travel the world sailing and NOT dying from being stupid!!! Give some consideration to holding some seasonal courses for those in my same mindset… just saying.

  24. Thanks for taking me back to Fitzroy Reef, paradise on Earth. Iβ€˜m gunna miss this magnificent part of the world when you guys head further south.

  25. OMG !! 😱 Guys. Just a most wonderful vlog episode. Peaceful music. Great underwater filming, Pascale's seemingly new blue and white one-piece swimsuit (great colors for you P.) and end it with Troy blowing water rings. Just wonderful !! βœ¨β›΅οΈβš“οΈβœ¨πŸŒŠβœ¨βœŒοΈβœ¨πŸ’•βœ¨

  26. Hey guys, just got a chance to watch your video, it was great as usual. I noticed the lionfish, here in the waters around Florida in USA they are considered an invasive species. Thanks for sharing. Stay safe. πŸ‘πŸ‘β›΅πŸŽ£πŸ’žπŸΎ

  27. GREAT video! Underwater and from the cheeky drone πŸ™‚ Could you guys do a special on freediving-for-beginners? What is the real deal, for someone like me, a scuba diver and a swimmer, but not a free diver yet? How to learn, some exercises, some tips, some do's and don'ts? Thanks!

  28. Another super video; always a pleasure to discoverΒ you have brought out a new one.Β No, I wasn't even close to holding my breath for that long. Have a good week and lots of adventures. Best wishes.

  29. Your videos are wonderful. We are the new owners of SV Jura, a 1966 Bristol 27. Your upgrades are inspiring, and it’s extremely helpful to watch just how you tackle projects. Well done.

  30. You are game tickling the Lion Fish. I assume they are not a pest over here compared with the Caribbean. Then again my son picks up Stonefish, (I wish he wouldn't tell me things)

  31. Troy a red filter on a go pro does make a world of difference. It balances the colors and your videos don’t look β€œjust blue”. I have a swing filter so you can swing it out the way near the surface so easy to use.
    On my Sony 6500 in a full housing it’s different as you shoot a white slate and adjust the white balance with the camera. A white slate at about 15m is kinda grey to the camera.

  32. Great content great camera πŸŽ₯ work love love love looking forward to more cheers from Sunshine Coast πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

  33. Love your vids! Just enough music and alot of information! I gotta know Troy, what is your education? I'm impressed. Thx

  34. Ok Always liked your videos. However, as hearing-impaired thinking of unsubscribing. If I can watch other sites including Sparky's On The Run and enjoy and get captions can't understand why not on your site. This is not the first time I have contacted you about this. IF you cant then tell me so. 22/08/2019. ( Maybe people like me are not meant to be part of you audience)

  35. Nice quick reference for Permaculture there mate πŸ™‚ For those wondering what that was about i'll give you a link:

    If you're into growing some of your own food, i'd recommend getting hold of one of the books on the subject as it is a great way to view our relationship with nature and food.

    Also want to say great work on the underwater footage as well (again!). You guys do this so well it is inspiring to see πŸ™‚

  36. I love it when Ytroy speaks all dirty Latin/Greek to me. Plectropomus this and Abudefduf sexfasciatus that. What a dream boat! Makes me want to go all Pearlfish-like and crawl up inside something

  37. Real sailing, guys,well edit, entertainment for me, I sailed to the Philippines 2013,1st big sail,Darwin to the Philippines sailing movie on U tube, I had no sailing experience but my son help me out,I can fix nearly anything, watch my movie, all the best to you both.
    Rocket, now Captain Rocket he he.

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