HuntFest has support of fishing family

FISCO UNLOADING: HuntFest organiser Onno DeSmeth with Todd and Hayley Abbott unloading the yellowfin tuna catch on board the Fisco.

FISCO UNLOADING: HuntFest organiser Onno DeSmeth with Todd and Hayley Abbott unloading the yellowfin tuna catch on board the Fisco.

THIS year’s Narooma HuntFest has been able to attract the support of a number of local and interstate exhibitors as it is being recognized as been far more than just a hunting show, according to organisers.

Local business Narooma Seafood Direct has thrown their support behind the event and will be offering for sale their supply of fresh seafood, which literally just came off the boat, as well as cooking up their delicious seafood spring rolls and patties.

Hayley Abbott, who is the brainchild behind Narooma Seafood Direct, said that they will also have on show sharks teeth, swords made from swordfish bill and examples of rigging used on long liner vessels.

The Abbotts would like everyone to see just what it takes to provide all that fresh seafood.

The Abbott family started fishing professionally in the local area in the 1940’s and introduced the long liner, Fisco to the fleet about 20 years ago in order to be able to target the larger fish species.

Since then Fisco has been an impressive presence at Narooma wharf, when she is in dock, particularly after the Abbott family had a three meter section added to the middle.

Fisco is operated by brothers Todd and Ryan and hopefully will be in dock at the time of HuntFest.

Hayley said that there may be a chance for people to watch Fisco being unloaded during the HuntFest weekend.

Hayley, together with mum Vicky, travel to the ACT each weekend to offer their fresh seafood on a number of Canberra markets which is just an example of what hardworking local businesses need to do to be competitive.

HuntFest organiser Onno DeSmeth said the Abbott family were supportive of the event and they see fishing as just being another form of hunting, which has been part of human culture since mankind has been on earth.

“John, Vicky, Todd, Ryan and Hayley hope that everyone will take the time to come to HuntFest and drop in to say hello.”

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