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1 large snapper cleaned with three slits down each side
1 tablespoon crushed ginger
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1⁄4 cup fish stock
1⁄4 cup of white wine
1 tablespoon limejuice
1 tablespoon white sugar
Sea salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon peanut oil
Foil for wrapping
Mix the oil, ginger, garlic, white sugar, lime juice, salt and pepper
in a bowl then rub over the fish let it sit for about 10 minutes. Place
onto foil then fold the foil around the fish leaving a hole then pour
in the wine and stock. Place the wrapped fish in a baking tray and
cook for about 15 minutes in a hot oven around 180°C.
To ser ve pour some sauce from the fish on to a serving plate and
place in the middle of the table so every one can ser ve themselves.
FISHING FOR SNAPPER
AT NORTH BONDI
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Autumn is truly upon us and the southerlies are starting to
blow. Out on the water it’s time to rug up and have a hot drink
handy ... and a shot of OP.
Some time ago when fishing boats were mainly wooden 18ft
clinkers we used to fish around the harbour and a few ventured just
outside the Heads. These boats had three bench seats one at the
bow, the stern and in the centre. For outside fishing they carried
oars and two outboards – the small one as a back-up. To make sure
the motor was clean and working properly it would be hung into a
44-gallon drum full of fresh water, started and run for five minutes.
One of the blokes I met while I was living in the eastern suburbs
and driving cabs was Sid. He had a boat up on the rocks at North
Bondi. We could only go out when the surf wasn’t too high. Getting
back in was very dicey. As you surfed down the front of the wave
you’d be trying to get the boat lined up so you beached on the ramp
and not the rocks.
When Sid was happy with the motor we took it out of the drum
and fitted it to the boat then we loaded the gear. Sid stood at the
stern, I sat in the middle and we waited for a break in the waves,
then, with about four blokes pushing, we slid down the ramp. As
soon as the boat was clear, Sid dropped the motor into the water
and quickly started it. We swung straight into the face of the waves
and with the motor on full bore we leapt over them and started
skipping over the swells.
Sid’s favourite fishing spot was to the north, using landmarks
like a block of flats and the lighthouse to line up our position. Sid
would only catch snapper, so we had to be on the edge of the reef
to catch them; this took some doing. At last we could settle down
and fish. The wooden reels were attached to the gunwales and had
lots of line because the water was so deep and when you hooked a
snapper you had to reel it in quickly before the sharks took it leaving
you with only the head.
This time we’d been in among the snapper and I must admit
we’d not been watching the weather. Splash! A wave broke over the
“Hey Sid! I think we might be in trouble,” I yelled pointing to the
South where the sky was so dark you couldn’t see the coast. Around
us the swells were getting higher and starting to break.
“Get your line in! We have to make a run for it!” Sid yelled while
he dropped everything and tried to start the motor. I was trying to
pull in the kellick but had to wait until Sid had started the motor so
we could run forward and break the anchor free. Sid was furiously
pulling on the cord and just got it going as a large wave broke over
“Better start bailing Chaos. We’re going to take some water
before we get in.”
“ That’s something I’m good at!”
“Hope there are some blokes at the ramp.”
“Don’t worry. As soon as the weather closed in they’d be down
waiting for us.”
We were ploughing through the tops of the waves. Sid went
out wide of the headland because the waves were hitting the cliffs
sending up gigantic columns of spray.
“Got dark bloody quick! Is anybody waiting for us? ”
Looking through the gloom and spray I thought I could make
out a group standing where I thought the ramp was.
“I think so.”
Sid held us back from the break.
“Hold on Chaos. It’s going to be a wild ride.”
I looked back and saw a giant wave welling up behind us.
“Geezus, you’re not going to try to ride that!”
With the monster above us, Sid gunned the motor and we slid
down the face, taking water.
“Get ready to jump ship if we miss.”
We were still on the wave as we roared up the ramp. Some of the
blokes grabbed at the gunwales but we started to be sucked back.
More blokes jumped in up to their waists and stopped us. Then
on the next wave they pulled us up the ramp and out of the water.
“ Thanks fellers. That was close!” h
with Captain Chaos
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