Handliner & Dropliner
Freddie moved from Melbourne in 1979 to Coffs Harbour where he became a ‘wharf rat’ and hung around pestering the fishermen to take him fishing. Eventually Allan Hargraves from the Prime Mover took him on and taught him to be a commercial fisherman.
He bought his own boat, the Chloe Dean in 2002. He is still operating as a hand and dropliner today primarily fishing for Mahi Mahi & Kingfish.
He likes to tell the story of being a youngster and helping to build the Coop when it moved from the railway line down to our current position on the Marina.
Stopped by the Fishermen’s Co-op just before the lunchtime crowd and the snapper was excellent. The crumbing was light and the oil fresh. In fact all the fish there looked great. The calamari was fresh and actually squid rings not mashed together to look like a ring. It got very busy quickly after I arrived and seating outside on the covered deck is limited so get in early or takeaway to the beach close by.
Service at the Co-Op is friendly and helpful and the fish is MAGNIFICENTLY FRESH. If you have a special occasion coming up, the cooked lobster is absolutely delicious.
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!
Heaps of choice of fresh fish to cook at home. We got the $35 family basket – nice variety, plenty to eat, fast service, great taste. A good way to end a day out in the town before heading home again.