Bait to Plate

Kev Collins

Well known Restauranter and co-owner of Fish D'vine & The Rum Bar in Airlie Beach. When Kev's not working he's out fishing in the amazing food bowl of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or in his tinnie in the estuaries crabbing! His blog imparts wisdom, tales and info on all things fishing and food.

Bait to Plate number 2

As the 2nd Bait to Plate long lunch approaches I am starting to form a menu theme and this time have been approached by some of the commercial fishers who work the inshore fishery in Repulse Bay. I think this will make a nice change from the last event which focused on reef fish and opens up all sorts of options for fish very rarely seen on restaurant menus.

A couple of the fisherman and going to attend the lunch and talk about the varieties available, the fishing methods used and maybe even share a few stories about sharks, crocodiles and sea snakes. Just the everyday hazards which make a commercial fishers life such an adventure.

I am hoping to showcase some very lesser known inshore varieties, will have to do a mud crab dish, maybe even something with a local painted crayfish and see what gets caught on a great set of tides in the couple of days before the lunch.

While I already have a few ideas in mind I will be very much guided by what gets caught and love the last minute inspiration some of the fish will give me.

I’m am sure to have some fresh barramundi, must do a mud crab and maybe some Grunter, but everything else is in the lap of the fishing gods.

Hope to see you on the 24th for a delicious lunch, some nice wines and an afternoon of both entertainment and information.