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.

Seeing Red over Bait to Plate 3

A red inspired bait to Plate 3 is now my thought pattern after learning this morning that one of our local commercial fisherman is heading to sea tonight chasing deep water “red fish”. Red Claw Crayfish were already on the hit list but I can now expect largemouth and small mouth nannygai, red emperor and hopefully some reef jacks, also called red bream. A will add in some whole steamed coral tout (red ones of course, locally called strawberry trout or just strawbs and I might even knock out a tomato based seafood and saffron risotto or a bisque. Plenty of thinking time and working with the kitchen team over the next few days while I wait to the boat to come back in on Thursday. Looking good, colourful and above all delicious. I will make sure I have a whole fish or 2 of each variety we use and can talk about how and where to catch them as well as the best way to handle, prepare and cook.