Archives for September 2005

11th – 18th September 2005

Peter Saunder’s Group from the Hunter Region in NSW had a wind shift which allowed them to visit Saumarez Reef in the Coral Sea. During their visit the wind died down making for perfect weather conditions until their last day. Saumarez offers fish that are not as common as those at the Swains.

Here is a hansome? group of Snapper, a magnificent Coronation Trout, an impressive Blue Moari Cod, and a Flowery Cod courtesy of Reg.

Coronation Trout Snapper Blue Maori Cod Reg\'s Cod

3rd -11th September 2005

During this 8 day charter we were fortunate to have on board x2 Groups sponsored by Boral Industries and commendably organised by Max- how clever was he to provide the excellent weather?

Group ONE Shane\'s Emperor

Group #1 Set sail with us from Gladstone and proceeded to take some fine catches from around the Capricorn Bunker Group

Here’s an interesting nature fact- Coral Trout can change their colour to help them hide from their prey. Orange trout come from deeper water where they blend better to the low light. Blue/grey trout come from shallower water where the surroundings are more bluey coloured. So … Could this trout be trying to match those wild Board Shorts???!!!

Matching Outfits

Dancing Cobia Orange Emperors
Matching Outfits!

A Heron Island rendezvous saw Group #1 trade places with Group #2 for another 4 days of fishing fun.

#Group 2 Rendesvouz

Mackeral Brown

So was there any competition between the 2 groups???? MMMmm? Just for the record Group #1 caught 240 fish and Group#2 caught 241 fish! But…Group #1 had one extra fish in their fish dinner. A Tied Score. Lastly,Group #1 won the Corona count, but Group#2 won the rum count. I guess there will have to be a rematch!

27th August- 3rd September 2005

It was great to see one of our first groups again, albiet, sadly missing Bruce Ross- the original organiser. The Gold Coast gang are now admirably organised by Ian Short (Shorty) who we can ? thank for the great effort and subsequent great catches!

Gold Coast Group Shot

Frank and Shorty Analdo Mark & Kevin

Here Capt. Bruce expresses his creative side by crafting a shrine to fish!
Creative Bruce

At the end of a charter, all the fish are equally divided amongst the group – here Shorty’s crew demonstrate how peacefully and well organised this task can be!Fish Sorting


This recipe comes to us via Dr Adam Smith’s Fantastic Fish Calendar. At 1st glance, it may not seem very enticing but believe me its very delicious; especially served with a glass of champagne as suggested by Dr Smith. It will certainly impress friends as an this is quite an unusual dish. Our recommended fish is Mackeral but any pelagic such as Trevally or Kingfish is suitable.


700g White fish finely chopped
x5 V. hot chilli
x1 Capsicum
x1 Spanish onion
3 Ripe Tomatoes
1-2 Garlic cloves minced
1 Bunch coriander
1 tsp Brown sugar
½ cup lime juice
½ cup lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
Pinch salt and pepper

In a large bowl combine all ingredients
Toss gently but thoroughly to ensure that the fish has a coating of lemon/lime juice.
Refrigerate for 1-3 hours The flesh of the fish should become white as the acid in the juices effectively cooks the fish.

Delicious served with corn chips as a dip /tapas

Kanimbla’s Baked Whole Fish

  • This is the simple recipe we use onboard for your Baked Fish. We prefer to use Coral Trout or Red Emperor as these fisf bake well and look quite impressive.Baked Coral Trout
  • Take 1 freshly caught, reef fish.
  • Place on a rack in a baking dish filled with 1 cm water for steaming.
  • Place in the gut cavity- minced garlic/ginger with some quarters of lemon/orange
  • Cover with aluminium foil.
  • Bake for around 50mins in 180c oven.
  • When cooked, flesh should easily flake away.
  • Place fish on serving tray.
  • Sprinkle with chives and pour over about one third cup light soy sauce.
  • As the finale pour over about 3tbl spoons of very hot oil to blanche.
  • Lastly prepare for huge addulation from your fellow diners