The West Australian: Seafood, Selfies & Sunshine
The West Australian Newspaper recently featured the following story about our Wild Seafood Experience:
Seafood, selfies & sunshine
Wild Days Out in Mandurah
23rd November 2019
MOGENS JOHANSEN joins a rock-lobster catching trip
The tone is set from the moment a group of Taiwanese visitors set foot on Mandurah Cruises’ Wild Seafood Experience cruise. They are smiling, happy and clearly looking forward to what lies ahead. Even the safety briefing, conducted for them in Taiwanese by staff member Alice Shao, draws enthusiastic applause and cheers. I’m not sure what she says but it must be the best safety briefing ever.
And why wouldn’t they be happy? Nothing tastes better than fresh seafood and we are (hopefully) going to catch rock lobster that will become part of a feast later.
It’s a beautiful, calm morning without a ripple on the water. The selfie sticks and mobile phones are working overtime as Capt. Ivan Zoranich steers Reel Affair II out through the heads by Mandurah’s Ocean Marina and into the Indian Ocean, where we’re going to pull up pots.
Within minutes, we see the line of floats and the fun begins. Crew member Alan Price oversees pulling the pots, encourages those who want to participate, and there is no shortage of volunteers. The joy on the faces of a couple of elderly gentlemen as they hook the lines and help winch the pots is priceless. The joy ramps up even more when Alan tips the catch out of the pots. Eager hands want to hold the catch and help measure the rock lobsters for size. More cheers and selfies with the crayfish follow as we pull up the remaining pots.
It’s a lot of fun and everyone is having a great time. We return to Mandurah’s canals and waterways, while the crew busy themselves setting up a seafood buffet that includes oysters, octopus, prawns and barramundi fillets. It is all beautifully presented on tables with white cloths set on Reel Affair Il’s big, shaded deck.
We tuck into the delicious seafood, keeping a close eye on Alice and Alan, who are preparing the main course – freshly caught lobster. They are halved, cooked and served with garlic butter straight from the barbecue and taste sensational.