Stradbroke Island Indigenous Fishing Package

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Information

Location:
Stradbroke Island - near Brisbane
Duration:
3 hours
Inclusions:
Private indigenous fishing guide
All fishing equipment / bait
Min Numbers:
2

SEASONAL CLOSURE: 1 June - 30 August 2022

TOUR OPTIONS

3 Hours Fishing with Indigenous Guide
Arrive & depart by helicopter from Brisbane

2 adults - $1,025.00 pp
3 adults - $750.00 pp
4 adults - $710.00 pp

SEASONAL CLOSURE: 1 June - 30 August 2022

 

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Stradbroke Island Indigenous Fishing Experience

Where can you fish for your own breakfast on a remote island and still be back in the CBD by 11:00am? It is possible!

Stradbroke Island, (Minjerribah) just off the coast of Brisbane is home to the Quandamooka people. The Quandamooka have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years. 

Go Fish Australia have teamed up with Pulan Pulan Fisheries and Cultural Tours to deliver this brand-new Aboriginal Fishing Experience. 

This Aboriginal-guided fishing experience takes place on stunning Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) in Queensland's south east region, just off the coast of Brisbane. After travelling via ferry or helicopter to Minjerribah, meet local Quandamooka Traditional Owner, Andrew Watego, who will be your guide for a beach fishing experience like no other.  Follow the scent of the woodfire on the beach as he cooks eugaries (pippies) ready to eat thus beginning your fishing experience.  Allow thisQuandamooka Elder to slowly reveal the land and sea of his ancestors as he teaches you how to fish and how to read the flora, fauna and sea life for clues as to what's biting.

Experience Highlights

  • Private Experience
  • Traditional Owner Indigenous fishing guide
  • Learn how to source live bait directly from the ocean
  • Fishing tuition 
  • Local bush tucker knowledge and flavours

Stradbroke Island, just off the coast of Brisbane, is home to the Quandamooka people who have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years.  With a focus on ocean fishing and fresh bait collection, you will experience fishing from the shoreline of pristine surf beaches on Minjerribah, including expert local tuition and a glimpse into ancient fishing methods.

You will travel to Minjerribah by ferry (your own arrangement) or by helicopter (facilitated) and will be met by your personal guide, heading to a local beach where the fire will be lit and you will experience an entrée of freshly cooked pippies to welcome you to Minjerribah.

You will learn how to catch fresh bait, such as yabbies, beach worms, bloodworms and pipis (or eugaries as they are traditionally known on Quandamooka Country). Your fishing equipment will then be ready to cast into the surf for around 3 hours of fishing whilst learning from your personal indigenous fishing guide and Quandamooka Elder.

Your catch could include flathead, whiting, bream, tailor, mullet or dart and you are welcome to take them home to cook, but it is recommended you return the fish to the sea.

Then, it's back to your island accommodation if you're staying a day or two, or otherwise to the mainland via return ferry or helicopter.

Your Indigenous fishing experience guide is Traditional Owner Andrew Watego. Andrew has fished North Stradbroke and Moreton Islands since he could hold a rod and reel. In that time, he has also been involved with club fishing at the highest level, recreational fishing with family and friends and commercial fishing.  

His love of the saltwater around these two great islands comes from his ancestors and the information passed down over many years. Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) have been home to his people for more than 18,000 years. 

Andrew still loves sitting with the old people and listening so he can share that knowledge with others.

About your Guide

Andrew Watego is a proud descendant of the Ngugi (Moreton) Goenpul (Amity) Tribes and the founder and owner-operator of Pulan Pulan Fisheries and Cultural Tours. Pulan Pulan is the indigenous name for Amity Point, an area on Minjerribah.

Andrew's grandmother and mother's family started commercial fishing in Moreton Bay in the 1830s and there are still many of her descendants fishing the bay today.  My father's family, the Watego's, came from Byron Bay in NSW where she was born and schooled. My father was actually born inside the Byron Bay lighthouse. He was always just like a lighthouse, always guiding people to a safe passage and ever since my father passed away in 2011, I have taken that role.

Andrew has fished North Stradbroke and Moreton Islands since he could hold a rod and reel. In that time he has also been involved with club fishing at the highest level, recreational fishing with family and friends, and commercial fishing.  He is 
always happy to share his knowledge

His love of the saltwater around these two great islands comes from his ancestors and the information passed down over many years. Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island ) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) is a place that has been home to his people for more than 18,000 years. They, like people today, had to adapt to the changes of climate and rising water levels. Andrew still loves sitting with the old people and listening when they share their knowledge so he can share that knowledge with others.

TESTIMONIALS
June - December 2021

 

Nicole Smith  

What an awesome day! Whether you are a beginner or a well experienced fisher, Andrew goes above and beyond, and tailors the tour to make it fun and meaningful for everyone. He’s so generous with his knowledge and sharing his experience. We absolutely loved it and highly recommend!

 

Sue Smith

Highly recommended! Andrew is fantastic. A great adventure for adults and kids.

 

Melanie

Thanks for an awesome day Andrew. As expected you were full of knowledge and experience. We were a large group but you never missed a beat. The kids absolutely LOVED fishing with you today. (So did the adults) we highly recommend this experience for anyone visiting the island.  Thank you.

 

Tan Halmil  

Andrew and his wife Karen run an amazing cultural family fishing experience. We went out with three generations and had a great time. I grew up on the island but it was great to see things through Andrews eyes. We just needed to turn up and Andrew did everything else. Be ready to get your feet wet, have fun in nature and it's a bonus that you catch fish too! We walked away with enough fish for dinner!

 

Sara Markgren  

What a fantastic experience we had today, this is highly recommended whilst visiting on Straddie if you want to catch fish and learn the ropes. We will be back soon with friends to catch more. It was great hanging out with you this morning Andrew, thank you from Levi “the Garfish King“ and his parents.

 

Jennie Lodge-Babbs  

My Son and I just had "The Best" morning with Andrew!  Thank you for sharing all your knowledge with us. My Son has been an avid angler since he could hold a rod. He said this is the best fishing tour he has ever been on, and I agree. Reasonable rates, perfect for Mum Dad and the kids or a group of friends holidaying together. You can't guarantee the Sun will shine, or the fish will bite, but I can vouch you'll have a great time. Highlight for me was fishing with the Dolphins, Highlight for my Son was the variety of fish. Flat Head, Whiting, Gar, Long Tom, Tardiness. Best 3 hours + of our holiday. Andrews local knowledge goes a long way !!! We will definitely fish with Andrew next time we come back. Thank you !!!!

 

Leesa Redmond Behrens  

Best fishing trip ever!! Thanks so much Andrew for sharing with us the ins and outs of where and how to catch these elusive buggers.  Loved learning some of the Straddie history while doing something I love to do.

 

Amanda Wood

Wow!!!  Thanks Andrew for such a great day!  Such a genuine, friendly and knowledgeable guide, generous with his time, insight and experience. Even though the conditions weren't ideal (and Andrew did give us the opportunity to postpone because of this), we happily took home enough whiting for a feed for the 3 of us and the enthusiasm to venture out ourselves armed with Andrew's tips. We highly recommend Andrew's tour - such a family friendly and very reasonably priced outing. I'm usually an avid photographer, and the bay scenes with all shades of blues and tannins, were amazing, but we were so invested in the tour, the camera was left in the bag, forgotten.  Thanks again Andrew

 

Jasna Giebeler Poeszus

I had the most amazing tour with Andrew while on Minjerribah Country. He patiently taught me how to catch fish while sharing many a story from both the past and present. His deep knowledge of the Minjerribah area and beyond was incredible. Cooked the catch the traditional way using black wattle seed and lemon myrtle -absolutely delish!! A generous man who shared his wisdom with such grace. I highly recommend you contact Andrew@ Pulan Pulan Fisheries and Cultural Tours next time you go to Minjerribah (North Straddie)!

 

Wayne and Luisa"

Thank you Andrew, had an amazing time today. We both learnt so much about the island and local culture as well as so much about fishing in general. Plenty of tips to keep our fish tacos on the menu for a while. See you in 2022

 

Kevin Cairns  

We had a great morning with Andrew who has a terrific energy and passion for fishing and the island. Andrew introduced us to some beautiful parts of Amity that we hadn’t been to. We caught a lot of fish too. I highly recommend Andrew and I’ll be coming back.

 

Carly Whyte

Thanks to you, what an amazing experience. Kids still talking about it, Cooked it all up themselves too

 

Grant Whyte

Super cool and fun tour today with Andrew. Great fun for the whole family and caught a few fish too. Highly recommend. Such great knowledge of the island. Can’t wait to go again. Thanks so much.

 

Julian D'Souza   

Spent a wonderful morning fishing with my 5 year old son and Andrew from Pulan Pulan in Dunwich.

Andrew's wife sent me a prompt message back after I messaged via FB and gave me his number to book. Andrews communication was excellent and he didn't make a fuss when we didn't want to go out in the rain yesterday. He had all the gear which was handy as we hadn't been fishing ever before.

Being born on Straddie and having spent most of his life on the island, Andrew has a lot of local knowledge and is extremely happy to share this. He managed to catch a bream within 15 minutes of casting our lines and my son caught another 5 minutes later. Andrew caught another couple of whiting and I finally got a bream all within less than an hour. We didn't have any luck in the next spot but Andrew showed us how to get live saltwater yabbies for bait.

My son had a million questions which Andrew answered very patiently making it a really fun experience for him.Andrew gave us one of the fish he caught so that we have a fish each for dinner which was really nice of him.I couldn't recommend Pulan Pulan Fisheries & Cultural Tours enough.

 

Ali Edgar  

Our family had the best day with Andrew catching flathead and whiting, then enjoying it cooked on the fire for lunch, bush tucker style. Andrew had everything ready to go including the right rigs and bait, and had pre-planned locations for the fish we were hoping to catch. He's kind, patient and knows his stuff about the island and fishing. Highly recommend him for an awesome fishing adventure to remember.

 

Katie O'Mahoney  

Thank you Andrew for our guided fishing tour at Dunwich. You were very accommodating to our family with three young children. The kids has a blast and learnt a lot from you. Your knowledge of the island itself was great value to learn about. And the best part was we caught and cooked our own dinner   

 

Vanessa Welland Hoare

What a legend!!.. Andrew you have a special way to bring culture together and inspire people to connect with country.. Knowledge and Respect to our natural environment is the key to success for generations to come. Sometimes all we need is a reminder from time to time.  Keep up the good work mate.

 

Ben Cunningham  

I can definitely recommend this, Andrew is very knowledgeable and will happily spend his time teaching you new and traditional techniques. 

 

Blake Muller  

Great fisherman, even greater bloke

 

Wille Harris  

Andrew was excellent, caught some awesome bream   Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a relaxed knowledgeable tour guide and fisherman 

 

Pulan Pulan Fisheries and Cultural Tours proudly supported by Go Fish Australia Pty Ltd and Indigenous Tourism Australia

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