KINGFISH

December 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Large Kingfish were once common along the NSW coast.

Large Kingfish were once common along the NSW coast.

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Small Yellowtail kingfish swimming free

Small Yellowtail kingfish swimming free

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Valerie holds large Yellowtail kingfish

Valerie holds large Yellowtail kingfish

 Rolleimarin underwater camera was  top of the range product in 1960s

Rolleimarin underwater camera was top of the range product in 1960s

More an open pen than a trap as fish were free to leave - except they preferred to swim into the flowing current and the pen opening faced the opposite direction.

More an open pen than a trap as fish were free to leave – except they preferred to swim into the flowing current and the pen opening faced the opposite direction.

Too successful - when the idea and design leaked out, too many traps for too few fish decimated the entire population of Yellowtail kingfish. Meanwhile sushi chefs began using the fish for sashimi (raw fish) dishes.

Too successful – when the idea and design leaked out, too many traps for too few fish decimated the entire population of Yellowtail kingfish. Meanwhile sushi chefs began using the fish for sashimi (raw fish) dishes.

 30 kg Yellowtail kingfish, Sugarloaf Point, (1965)

30 kg Yellowtail kingfish, Sugarloaf Point, (1965)

Yellowtail kingfish speared at Big Seal Rock in January 1964 and photographed under the lighthouse in calm water.  Bob Grounds.  Fish this size (50 to 60 pounds) were common in that era.http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au  (Issue #4)

Yellowtail kingfish speared at Big Seal Rock in January 1964 and photographed under the lighthouse in calm water. Bob Grounds. Fish this size (50 to 60 pounds) were common in that era.http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au (Issue #4)

Yellowtail kingfish at Sugarloaf Point Rocks in December 1964.  Bruce Farley pictured. Feature story promoted the spearing of pelagic fish in preference to reef species.  http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au  (Issue #4)

Yellowtail kingfish at Sugarloaf Point Rocks in December 1964. Bruce Farley pictured. Feature story promoted the spearing of pelagic fish in preference to reef species. http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au (Issue #4)

 

LOBSTERS, POTS and BAIT

December 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Cooking the catch in the era before plastic tags were required on each lobster.

Cooking the catch in the era before plastic tags were required on each lobster.

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A nest of giant rock lobster was found by Vic Ley and Ron Taylor in 1963 at Seal Rocks.  http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au

A nest of giant rock lobster was found by Vic Ley and Ron Taylor in 1963 at Seal Rocks. http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au

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Pictures from a secret bush hide-out for sun drying bait.  Years ago it was dried at boat beach - the smell must have upset someone.

Pictures from a secret bush hide-out for sun drying bait. Years ago it was dried at boat beach – the smell must have upset someone.

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Ron Taylor in 1964  Boat used then was a Quintrex with 18 hp Evinrude

Ron Taylor in 1964 Boat used then was a Quintrex with 18 hp Evinrude

Kay Milburn a friend of Ron and Valerie Taylor

Kay Milburn a friend of Ron and Valerie Taylor

Live hermit crabs inhabit the sea shells brought up in fish traps at Seal Rocks offshore.

Live hermit crabs inhabit the sea shells brought up in fish traps at Seal Rocks offshore.

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Christine Danaher made the cover of  magazines with this picture. The lobsters were set free.

Christine Danaher made the cover of magazines with this picture. The lobsters were set free.

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Lobster trap bait. Mullet are drying after being heavily salted. Originally these racks were on the road at Boat Beach.  The aroma obviously required a change of location after visitor numbers to the village began increasing the the late 1970s

Lobster trap bait. Mullet are drying after being heavily salted. Originally these racks were on the road at Boat Beach. The aroma obviously required a change of location after visitor numbers to the village began increasing the the late 1970s

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REMEMBERING – MALCOLM DOUGLAS FILMS

December 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Visited Seal Rocks to film giant lobster and Grey Nurse sharks.

Visited Seal Rocks to film giant lobster and Grey Nurse sharks.

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