Rodney has been a member of the Co-op for over 30 years having joined in 1985. He is a second generation fishermen with 3 sons now working in the industry and also members of the Co-op. Rodney bought his first prawn trawler in 1982 but is now retired and his sons Luke, Cody & Jamie all operate his boats. Two of the boats he had during his long career he actually helped his father and brother build; the Freedom is still used in the Co-op today!
Despite starting out his career as a boiler maker he finished it being a prawn trawler off the Ballina & Coffs Coast. He also used to catch spanner crabs in his early years. Over his career he has owned 9 trawlers and sunk 2 of them. Both trawlers sunk off the coast at South West Rocks, one in 2006 and the other 2011. Rodney tells the story of the second trawler sinking with his son Jamie (20yo at the time) working with him. The two of them swam around for about 45mins before being rescued by a passing boat.
My wife and I ordered grilled swordfish. It took some time until it was done, but then we each got a nicely grilled piece about the size of a T Bone steak. Our daughter liked the salad. It might not be the place for a formal dinner but if you are hungry for fish at a reasonable price it’s certainly worth going there.
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.
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!
This was fish and chips done to perfection. Thick crunchy fish cocktails, calamari rings, prawn cutlets and chips were all fantastic.