Winter is the traditional prawn season but local fishermen are enjoying a season for the ages.
Winter is the traditional prawn season but local fishermen are enjoying a season for the ages. Tom Huntley

A prawn catching season to remember

IF YOU'RE like Paul Hogan and you love to throw a prawn on the barbecue, now is a good time to buy some of the tasty crustaceans.

The traditional season for local fishermen to pull in large hauls of prawns is winter but lately the volume that's getting caught has been something special.

"The past three months have been exceptional," Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-operative seafood operations manager, Shane Geary, said.

"We've had good showings of prawn on all the traditional prawn grounds around Coffs Harbour, and especially over the last few days we've had some huge volumes coming through."

As fishing trawlers enjoy the best season in some time, others are encroaching on their turf.

Drawn by the good conditions, trawlers from the state's Far North Coast have made their way down to the Coffs Coast to strike pay dirt while there's plenty of prawns on offer.

With prawns being traditional fare on Christmas Day, Mr Geary said moving the festive season to July would be great for those who love to have seafood before indulging in some plum pudding.

For those who can't wait until December, perhaps a quick trip to the Co-op to pick up prawns should be on your to-do list for the weekend. 



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