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.

  • 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
  • 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.

    “LOVE THE CO-OP” – Visited March 2017

    via Trip Advisor
  • 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.

    “The Spot For Fresh Seafood”

    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
 

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