Mark ‘Freddie’ Espert

Handliner & Dropliner
Chloe Dean

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.

  • 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.

    “Excellent fish”

    via Trip Advisor
  • Our family of 4 tucked into one of the better fish n chips we have had for a long time. Nice crisp batter (not soggy, oily, or smoothed). We had a selection trawler whiting, flake, calamari, sea scallops, potato scallops, and chips all beautifully cooked, and with great taste of the seafood

    “Delicious ”

    via Trip Advisor
  • Best cooked fish and chips I have had in so long and I live in a fishing town. Fish was fresh and cooked to perfection.

    “Yummy!” – Visited January 2017

    via Trip Advisor
  • 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.

    “Seafood lunch and fresh fish takeaway”

    via Trip Advisor
 

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