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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Its been a long process but weve finally done a couple of trips with the new boat! 
The red tape involved in getting an operation like this happening is phenomenal. Several times I really thought the red tape was going to break us before we even caught a fish.... anyway, thats another story.....
Its going to take us a while to get things happening exactly how we want it to be. Weve got all young, keen, and relatively inexperienced crew. Weve got a much bigger operation than weve been running previously, and were also doing quite a few things differently to any other commercial boat. Theres no how to books on this sort of thing, so theres a fair learning curve involved.
Our target markets remain basically the same- premium quality, small amounts of export, but the majority of our catch will go to high end markets right around Australia. 
Weve also got processing permits and the equipment needed to supply premium quality direct to the public, so once we sort the teething problems out and things settle down, well start offering small amounts of premium reef fish direct to the public right around Australia as well. This is something Ive wanted to do for a while, but with the Evie-K it was virtually impossible. 
Our target species at the moment is mostly coral trout, but again, once I get things rolling efficiently well start on some other species as well. One step at a time....
Weve renamed the boat SHOKUNIN
“The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning. The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness … The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people.”
A fitting name I think. As much I do this for myself and my family, we also do it for the people of Australia.
I had someone grumble to me a while back, worried that I would be taking all the fish. My reply was-  theres only a certain amount of quota to go around. Once its caught its caught. And if we werent catching these fish, someone would else would be. Would you rather me catching that quota and getting maximum benefit for everyone? Or Joe Blow the shonky operator that sells fish you wouldnt feed to your cat?
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It's been a long process but we've finally done a couple of trips with the new boat!
The red tape involved in getting an operation like this happening is phenomenal. Several times I really thought the red tape was going to break us before we even caught a fish.... anyway, that's another story.....
Its going to take us a while to get things happening exactly how we want it to be. We've got all young, keen, and relatively inexperienced crew. We've got a much bigger operation than we've been running previously, and we're also doing quite a few things differently to any other commercial boat. There's no 'how to' books on this sort of thing, so there's a fair learning curve involved.
Our target markets remain basically the same- premium quality, small amounts of export, but the majority of our catch will go to high end markets right around Australia.
We've also got processing permits and the equipment needed to supply premium quality direct to the public, so once we sort the teething problems out and things settle down, we'll start offering small amounts of premium reef fish direct to the public right around Australia as well. This is something I've wanted to do for a while, but with the Evie-K it was virtually impossible.
Our target species at the moment is mostly coral trout, but again, once I get things rolling efficiently we'll start on some other species as well. One step at a time....
We've renamed the boat 'SHOKUNIN'
“The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning. The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness … The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people.”
A fitting name I think. As much I do this for myself and my family, we also do it for the people of Australia.
I had someone grumble to me a while back, worried that I would be 'taking all the fish'. My reply was- there's only a certain amount of quota to go around. Once it's caught its caught. And if we weren't catching these fish, someone would else would be. Would you rather me catching that quota and getting maximum benefit for everyone? Or Joe Blow the shonky operator that sells fish you wouldn't feed to your cat?
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Love the name. Fitting given your attitude and respect you have towards the fishery.

Again, congratulations to you all on getting here. Watching you grow your business has been inspirational, looking forward to watching your next chapters unfold.

Huge congratulations to you all. I love the smiles on your new recruits faces and what they'll learn from you will set them up in the industry for life.

Effort yields reward. Can't sit on one's hands and expect riches to fall into your lap. Well done mate 👍

New boat and fish look great, and love the name, cant wait to get my hands on some fish u can sell to the public. Well done Team 🙏🙂

Well done hope all works out the way you plan 👍

Good stuff Chris just persevere, and you will win in the long run, you have always protected your fishery

Awesome work from you and Kym.. ever need a decky, lm on..

Awesome stuff Chris! Well done mate!

Looks great. Well done!

Like always mate pushing through and perseverance . It’s why you will always succeed

Amazing name Chris Bolton go hard son.

You're a man with a mission Chris and I'm sure it hasn't been easy for you and your family to pave a new way forward. Wish you great success with the boat but either way you've changed the way a lot of us process our own fish and that's no small accomplishment.

Well done Chris it was great to meet you recently

The name is perfect! Well done mate! You are doing something so great! We can't wait to order some of your amazing fish direct for the boys! 🤤🤤

Young crew alright! Bet they fish hard !

Good to see your all up and running mate. Your laughin now.

Go hard mate. Legend

Looks good mate, good luck with the new boat. Any chance you're still selling the Black Panther snips?

Yay 🙌🏻 Love it Chris.

All the best with new changes Chris.

Top effort Chris, good to see some investment in the future of the fishery. Not just the tools, but getting the young in and showing them the ropes. 👏

I get 1 week a year out there and live the other 51 waiting

Good on ya Chris Bolton won't take ya long she be smooth running machine.

feel for you Chris fisherman have to jump through hoops just to have a shit

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2 months ago
Chris Bolton Fishing

Almost 7yrs to the day since we started catching fish with the Evie-K.
Undoubtedly, this last year has been the most difficult. We've had to backtrack on decisions, delay plans, or change plans completely. From one day to the next we've never really been sure of what was going to happen next. No doubt many, if not all of you can relate 🤷‍♂️
The one thing we have been, and always will be sure of is- as long as we continue to operate responsibly, to the best of our ability, and supply premium quality product, we'd have the support of the majority of Australians. And that's what we'll continue to do. 💯
We'll be sad to say goodbye to the Evie-K, but this was an opportunity we couldn't miss.
Some will say we're crazy, some will mumble it under their breath, but I know for every doubter there's 1000 supporters 🙏
Stay tuned. Thanks to huge support from right around Australia, CB Fishing is about to get bigger and better 😉👌

(We'll be looking for keen, reliable crew in the near future. Anyone interested, send us a message)
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That’s awesome mate! Hope ya got a shark symbol 😉

Mate I'm just Gunnar be the first to say it .You are completely mental 💯.Boat looks unreal mate,doesn't leave a big wake so seems like hull is very efficient. Can't wait to see it .Congrats to you and Kim 😉😉😉😉

Congratulations Chris, I’ve driven Auriga Bay (sister ship) a few times , great boats.

This is huge news. Very best of good luck with your new venture xx

Nice little creek boat. When you getting a decent reef fisher?

Well deserved mate and a credit to your ethos and professionalism as a commercial fisherman regarding sustainability. Nice change to some of the resident NT gill netter operations.

Big Dreams, even bigger plans, all lead to even greater outcomes. Well done to you both 👍

Awesome news Chris, Kim & Evie! If only Australia had more of you!! Looking forward to what come next 👍

Bloody well done mate. Hard work and determination always pays off in the end 👌👌👍👍👏👏👏👏👏👏

Top work Chris.Go get em mate.Looks like a great rig 👍

Well done Chris ..had few mates drive them when new out of PD ..proven design ..wish you best 👍👍

Im sure you will succeed in your new venture and more people will benefit as well.

Well done guys .... all the best in the new venture Chris 👊

Good to see doing well mate. Keep up the great work💪💪🐟🐟

Awesome rig mate 👍

How did the trip go mate🤷‍♂️ Fuck that is a big boat

😎 well done bro.😂 you can’t go too long with out catching a fish.awesome mate

Well done Chris Bolton Fishing Chris Bolton and Kim and others no doubt! Excited for your future 👏👍🍷

Looks great mate , well done.chris have ta have a look at the boatramp next time havnt seen dad going pasy home

You’re gonna need a bigger tractor!

Thats bloody epic mate. Hats off to you guys for all you do and the dreams you have and are making become reality. Love it

Nice work but gonna need a bigger tractor to tow that lol the Inter just won't cut it

Pretty sure I saw this boosting past Low Isle maybe yesterday. I was heading to satellite.

Awesome stuff Chris Bolton Fishing , keep up the great work👍🏼

Amazing boat but hello half shares in bp

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3 months ago
Chris Bolton Fishing
Orpheus Island- the definition of tropical Paradise. 👌
 Jarrod, Shannon, and myself all took a lot away from our few days together at Orpheus. 3 very different people leading very different lives, but all having very similar values with regards to the environment 🙏
Lots of laughs, a few drinks, good food, plenty of discussions about life, sustainability, the price of sustainability, and quite a bit of banter (as any fishermen knows, a male model on a fishing boat is definitely going to cop some flak 😅) 
Even though it was a very enjoyable few days, there was work involved. That was the hardest part. Being at Orpheus just makes you want to relax and not even think about work! 
Ill get back there one day with Kim and Evie for a real holiday 🤞
Grab a copy of the magazine for the full story and recipes, or theres an online write-up here 
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https://www.delicious.com.au/travel/australia/article/orpheus-island-travel-guide-best-places-stay-eat-drink/meiw9330
(Try Shannons sashimi recipe. Unreal 💯)

Orpheus Island- the definition of tropical Paradise. 👌
Jarrod, Shannon, and myself all took a lot away from our few days together at Orpheus. 3 very different people leading very different lives, but all having very similar values with regards to the environment 🙏
Lots of laughs, a few drinks, good food, plenty of discussions about life, sustainability, the price of sustainability, and quite a bit of banter (as any fishermen knows, a male model on a fishing boat is definitely going to cop some flak 😅)
Even though it was a very enjoyable few days, there was work involved. That was the hardest part. Being at Orpheus just makes you want to relax and not even think about work!
I'll get back there one day with Kim and Evie for a real holiday 🤞
Grab a copy of the magazine for the full story and recipes, or there's an online write-up here
👇
www.delicious.com.au/travel/australia/article/orpheus-island-travel-guide-best-places-stay-eat-dr...
(Try Shannon's sashimi recipe. Unreal 💯)
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Thanks Chris, I'll check it out 🙂

Looks amazeballs

Beautiful part of the world

Sounds like good therapy 👌

Chris Bolton Fishing in the media!