Luke started fishing as a young boy around the age of 4/5 with his family. He owned a boat before a car. To the horror of his mum he used to borrow her Holden Gemini to beach launch his boat when he was just a ‘rec’ (recreational) fisher (where everyone else around him are using 4WDs).
Luke did a carpentry trade and later a unit development which helped get the finances to the purchase of the fishing business & boat in 2005. In 2014 Luke purchased the Woolgoolga Marine Rescue boat, built by local built builder & Co-op member John Wait (he still does maintenance on the locals boats and around the Co-op) and later named the vessel Monique after his lovely wife Monique (who he has two girls with Lucy & Alice). The rescue boat was converted into a Commercial fishing vessel that he still uses today.
As a commercial fishermen he primarily chases Kingfish and other seasonal fish. Luke recently started to Iki Jimi all Kingfish & Mahi Mahi to improve quality. He primarily fishes around the Solitary Islands.
Luke has learnt from both past & present fishermen at the Coop.
We came to buy a selection of fish and seafood for a BBQ later that day. The choice was first class, and the service good. The fish was very fresh, and we enjoyed the snapper cutlets, the marlin steak and the prawns. Delicious!
The fisherman’s co-op is your one stop shop for both a tasty seafood lunch and to purchase fresh seafood for dinner. Highly recommended the fisherman’s basket for two, it was easily enough to fill both our bellies. We then purchased a fresh kilo of prawns to take home.
This was fish and chips done to perfection. Thick crunchy fish cocktails, calamari rings, prawn cutlets and chips were all fantastic.
A good array of locally caught wet fish and a superb take away with outside covered seating. Was recommended to us as the best fish and chips in town and we would agree.