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.
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.
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.
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.
This was fish and chips done to perfection. Thick crunchy fish cocktails, calamari rings, prawn cutlets and chips were all fantastic.