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.

Who's YOUR favourite footballer?

Anyone North of Brisbane really has to say J T . In my case, as a fisho and foodie however, It is one of these “blokes”.  I catch a lot of nice coral trout and there can scarcely be a better fish on the table. Famed across Australia and in enormous demand internationally our Coral Trout ranks as one of the world’s great (and expensive) fish. They come in many colours and back a few months ago I did a blog post on the varieties we get to see and catch. Amongst these “footballers” are the star. To me, they are maybe a 1 in 500 catch, maybe even 1 in 1000. A brief weather window yesterday let me get out to the reef in marginal conditions and the fish are biting their heads off. What cyclone? A mate has coined the term “Red Piranha” for Red Throat Emperor. They are large (some amongst the biggest I have ever seen), ravenous, and everywhere, with bag limits reached inside an hour and fish after fish being released while we looked for some trout. Another 1 in 1000, or in this case only the second one I have every caught in a lifetime fishing the reef is a Coronation, or “lunar Tail” Trout. Only a little tacker but the tail is the giveaway. A stunning looking fish but will never replace my favourite footballer. Sorry JT. You are number 2, and if we win Origin on Wednesday, who knows.