Chris Bolton Fishing


Whether you are a chef at a 5-star restaurant looking to make every meal special, or a fisherman wanting to have the best chance of hooking that special fish, you won’t be disappointed with the quality of our product.

We bring to you some of the finest quality wild caught fish to ever leave the ocean.

Every single fish we catch is handled with the care and respect it deserves.

Every fish we sell is sashimi grade, the best of the best.

We are a small, family owned and operated fishing business based at Kurrimine Beach, Nth Queensland. I am the skipper and fisherman on every single fishing trip. With help from my partner Kim, my father Wayne at times, and 1 or 2 deckhands, I am hands on with every part of our business. From catching the fish, cleaning boats, taking orders, packing fish, or just having a good old yarn with customers, I am there. I believe this is the only way to ensure everything is up to the standard our customers expect.

Our line-caught reef fish are killed instantly and humanely using the ike-jime method. Fish are bled well and immediately placed into a salt ice brine to bring their temperature down to 2oC. Once this is achieved, every fish is gently hand-packed, one by one into our custom-made fibreglass eskies and covered with flake ice.

Having small, fast boats means we don’t catch large quantities. It means our fishing time is very short – very rarely more than 24 hours fishing before returning to port, with some trips as short as 6 hours.

When returning to port, we don’t unload at the wharf. Our boats are winched onto a trailer, towed by an ex-sugar cane haul-out tractor, and the catch is driven right to the door of our coldroom and packing facility, which was designed and made by myself to suit the way we operate. Our catch is unloaded from the boat and immediately packed for transport, with minimal handling and in the shortest possible timeframe.

Air freight is our preferred method of transport, unless we are supplying to the local area of course.

Premium Quality


We can have any and every fish we catch delivered to anyone, anywhere in Australia within hours of being caught…

All at premium quality.

Wild Caught Fish


Wild caught fish is one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

These fish aren’t fed processed pellets, or had any hormones or antibiotics in their system.

They have lived a life most of us dream of — a life in the clean waters of the Coral Sea, amongst the beautiful Great Barrier Reef.

Every day they are eating delicacies such as squid, sea urchins, prawns, sardines, fusiliers, garfish, crabs and more. Is it any wonder they taste so good?! 100% pure organic, natural food. The way nature intended.

If healthy eating, premium quality, and sustainability are your concerns, be concerned no longer.

Supplying Australia with healthy, sustainably and responsibly caught, premium quality fish is our job. And we take our job very seriously.

Sustainability

 
 

Proud to be Reef Guardian Fishers

As a commercial fishing business, we rely on a healthy, sustainable environment.

We believe if we do the best we can by the environment, the environment we rely on will do the best for us as well.

The Great Barrier Reef is more than just a place we rely on for our business, its our life, its our families life, and we want it to stay that way for generations to come.


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Heres a bit of footage from 2 different wonky holes in about 55metres of water.
For those that don't know, wonky holes are freshwater springs on the floor of the ocean. They start flowing freshwater after the wet season.
I did drive the drone into these holes a fair way but its all very fine sediment with fish everywhere, so a lot of the footage is just clouds of dust. I'll post some more later on when I get a chance to edit it 👍
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Bryson Daniel what sort of cod is that

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Nice mate,, good stuff didnt know the wonkies went out that deep 👍👍

No wonder nets get caught and pull boats under amazing 🤨

You’re a legend mate

Absolutely amazing footage chris!

That’s so cool didn’t know they go that deep

You are like the David Attenborough of the ocean 😳. Awesome mate👍

Amazing

Wow..so they really are a proper underground spring....!..Did you go for a dive..?

Excellent..👍👍

Unbelievable footage as usual mate. What drone you running?

I’ve heard that radioactive isotopes have been added to water sources in New Guinea and have been recorded in that fresh water lake on South Stradbroke

That’s so rad !! Amazing!!

Nervous on that second wonky for the poor drone?

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Bit of new mud crab research happening.
I've seen quite a few egg bearing female mud crabs over the years swimming on the surface, miles and miles from land.
I've always wondered what they are actually doing out there. I've heard many different theories but it seems no one really knows a great deal about the life cycle of mud crabs, not yet anyway....
I know a lot of fishermen- commercial and recreational, are against helping research but I think its in everyone's best interests to help researchers understand the life cycles of any of our fisheries resources. The more thats known, the better things can be managed. And hopefully then things can be managed more sustainably focused rather than politically.
So if you see a berried up jenny mudcrab, anywhere, report it. Details on the flyer.

And on the politics of it all, with reforms happening, Qld mud crab is a touchy subject at the moment for a lot of people, but that's another story. Leave the bitching and whingeing for another post on another page. ✌
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Bit of new mud crab research happening.
Ive seen quite a few egg bearing female mud crabs over the years swimming on the surface, miles and miles from land. 
Ive always wondered what they are actually doing out there. Ive heard many different theories but it seems no one really knows a great deal about the life cycle of mud crabs, not yet anyway....
I know a lot of fishermen- commercial and recreational, are against helping research but I think its in everyones best interests to help researchers understand the life cycles of any of our fisheries resources. The more thats known, the better things can be managed. And hopefully then things can be managed more sustainably focused rather than politically. 
So if you see a berried up jenny mudcrab, anywhere, report it. Details on the flyer.
 
And on the politics of it all, with reforms happening, Qld mud crab is a touchy subject at the moment for a lot of people, but thats another story. Leave the bitching and whingeing for another post on another page. ✌

 

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Patrick Glover

I got a great book out of the Innisfail library once about it. About 20 years ago! I always regret not trying to get a copy. I think it was written locally. It was a great read. It explained how they mate while the female's shell is soft and the buck sits on her for( I think )10 -14 days till her shell hardens, protecting her from predators. Then the Jennie swims out to the reef. I can't remember if has something to do with releasing the eggs...

Agree that proper science needs to be done on all managed species. Amazing how often I see mud crabs on the surface when catching sails.

I’ve seen them randomly out on the surface in the middle of no where also. Always wondered what they’re doing.

Would love to know more about the breeding cycle, I was under the impression that the females swam out to/near the shelf to spawn/hatch their eggs?

Only place ive seen jennys with eggs is near Lucinda ..There was about 4 or 5 in a creek next to the road ,all had eggs,. ..

I think they might be just getting away from you bloody Maroons gloating about State of Origin. If I was a muddy in QLD I’d be swimming as far away from shore as possible.

Have always thought that mud crabs are an ideal Aquaculture species, rearing them is pretty straightforward, but no one seemed to preserve with the grow out side of things.

They tagged a heap of mud crabs off wa a few years back and one turned up 250km off short in a fin fish trap

Iv seen heaps at Lucinda jetty one night counted over 8 Jenny’s

Yeah I’ve seen a Few out at the reef here over the years Chris Bolton👍

Regina Mauloni Amy Dunkerton just having a conversation with myself 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

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10 days dry aged.
Kim and I have never been huge fans of mahi mahi but I've wanted to dry age one for a while.
Raw was exceptionally good. Nice smooth texture, just the right amount of fat, and just enough taste.
We had a dogtooth tuna not long back which was pretty good, but I'd rate this higher than dogtooth sashimi.
Cooked, better than any 'fresh' mahi I've tried but overall I'd take almost any reef fish over mahi mahi. Any day of the week.
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10 days dry aged.
Kim and I have never been huge fans of mahi mahi but Ive wanted to dry age one for a while.
Raw was exceptionally good. Nice smooth texture, just the right amount of fat, and just enough taste. 
 We had a dogtooth tuna not long back which was pretty good, but Id rate this higher than dogtooth sashimi. 
 Cooked, better than any fresh mahi Ive tried but overall Id take almost any reef fish over mahi mahi. Any day of the week.

 

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That looks pretty good on the plate 🤤 how spoiled are we up this way when it comes to fresh seafoods! Is there a reason you hang them from the tail when dry ageing or is it just cause it’s easier?

They like the green gold in Hawaii! I’ve found crumbed and fried is best.

Obviously a matter of personal taste! I sweat on a supply of fresh mahi to my local Ballina fishmonger! Slow cooked in butter with a drizzle of lemon at the end......magic!!

I had a fairly negative attitude towards them as an eating fish, until I fished in the Caribbean, yum!

That’s a work of art mate. Try some coated in southern fried chicken mix, deep fried and into a tortilla with fresh salsa. Lots of lime and coriander.

Cold water fish over tropics anytime....even the humble flathead out of Bass Strait is great....Gummy Shark, Blue Eye Trevs, pinky snapper, KG Whiting.

I have only been fortunate enough to try it twice, once at a restaurant in Fiji and once from from frozen in central qld. Both times was shocked how good it was. Must be awesome dried if you reckon it's better

Love your posts mate, keep up the great work!!

Wow!!!!

Same Chris, never been a huge dolly fan. Caught a few this week. Everyone gets excited but me lol.

When you say “reef fish”..... Which? There are some delicious reef fish, and there are ...others...

Better than the dog tooth thats a big call . That was good shit

It's awesome smoked.

Appreciate such honest appraisals...

Not a fan mate? My favourite for fish tacos! Flesh just falls apart!

RTE?? 🤣

Luke Schmitt

But like yellow lipper Cat food

Scott Fleming Kord Luckus

I have only eaten it once myself, I didn’t rate it either.

Daniel Neal Jaylen McCubben

Have never actually tried one, have wanted to but never caught one

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Chris Bolton Fishing in the media!