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.
Best fish & chips we ever had. The Dinner Pack was just huge for two, but you just can’t stop eating! Lovely and crisp chips, and the fish was exceptional. Only draw-back was the very small decking outside, which was too crowded and hard to find a vacant table. Unless of course you take your fish & chips and eat them somewhere else. Everything was as fresh as seafood should be. Straight off the boat! Next time we’ll try the mixed seafood.
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.
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.
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.