Owner and operator of Emu Bay Fishing Charters, Kangaroo Island, Sean spends April through to September chopping firewood, so he can enjoy the warmer months on his boat, introducing inquisitive visitors to the “abyss” that is the Great Australian Bight.
“Every morning I wake up with a smile on my face. It's the unknown that keeps you coming back, not knowing what you're going to catch, what you're going to see,” Sean says.
If you’re looking for the best of Kangaroo Island fishing Sean is the Island’s premier charter operator and guides his guests in catching Kangaroo Island’s famous King George Whiting, as well as other local favourites Trevally, Flathead, Nannygai, Snook, Shark, even Blue Fin Tuna.
“We get these lovely big arse-slapping whiting,” he laughs. “When you unhook them, you bend them around your waist, and they slap you on the bum.”
For those who like to get the adrenaline pumping, Sean says there’s also the occasional visit from a White Pointer.
“We do get the old tax-man in the grey suit,” Sean says. “He comes around from time to time, gives us a cheeky smile and sees what's going on, then normally heads back down into the abyss.”
While Sean’s punters always walk away with a “feed of fish” it’s what they don’t take home with them that’s most important to Sean - his charters are all about lightening the load and letting go.
“It doesn't matter who you are, or what you do, the fish don't judge that,” he says.
“People come along on the boat and they’re happy…and that makes me happy. At the end of the day, they take home some good experiences, and a feed of fish.”
But there’s more to the Island’s maritime experiences than charter fishing.
Kangaroo Island is also known for its abundance of marine life, which takes the same relaxed approach to life as Sean, and the rest of the Island’s locals.
You’ll spot them basking on beaches, lying in the sun, flying through the waves, or migrating through the Southern Ocean — from dolphins and sharks, to whales, and sea lions, they all go about their daily life, unaware of watchful eyes, without a care in the world.