Saturday , July 2 2022

Live for fishing and fishing for living


Creigie fishing crew crew Maharani getting a job many people would be jealous.

Will Neill manager said that fishing at the Great Barrier Reef was an incredible work environment.

"We also see the turning side," he said.

"We had to wait out on the reef during the recent winds.

"We've got the same ship there in the last shot and we were stuck there for five days waiting for him to clear."

Y Maharani He has seven crew, captain, deckhand and five anglers who go to the sea for a fortnight at a time.

"We're fishing the Swains Reef which is about 120 miles from Gladstone and takes 18 to 26 hours to get there," said Mr Neill.

"We'll run out to the reef about 18 times a year and quite past in every weather."

SUSTAINABLE FISH: Coral trout on board Maharani rock fishing vessel.

SUSTAINABLE FISH: Coral trout on board Maharani rock fishing vessel.

The fishermen work out of shortcomings using hand lines to catch around 30-50 fish each day.

"On good control, we will hold 2000 fish including coral trout, red emperor, sweet confectionery, parot fish, hussar, stripeys, red throat, red emperor, code, trevally and Spain," he said.

"Sometimes we might not catch anything in an area, then we'll go back a week later and the boys will catch 50 fish a day each."

Most fish are processed on board and have frozen but the coral trout is stored in a large living tank on the Maharani.

"The tank is huge, running up the boat," said Mr Neill.

"The live coral trout goes to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and about 22 per cent is exported, mainly to Hong Kong.

"All our products have frozen, about 25 tonnes a year, go to local fish markets."

Maharani's rock fishing boat owner, Will Neill, recommends free Christmas guilty by eating fish instead of turkey.

Maharani rock fishing boat owner, Will Neill. Matt Taylor GLA191218FISH

He said that the anglers spent most of their own days in the fishing gaps on the reef.

"The Swains are so great, we will rarely see other boats there," said Mr Neill.

"It's incredible work, especially when the weather is good."

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