THESE days you don’t need your own boat to catch a rock lobster in Two Rocks as marine tourism has come to town.
From the boat ramp in the Two Rocks marina you can head out into the Indian Ocean on a Rock Lobster Pot Pulling Tour with experienced fisherman Steve Mitchell.
While on the 2hr tour you can learn all about the western rock lobster as well as have the chance to put on some gloves and pull a pot.
Mr Mitchell, whose family was one of those which in the past operated from Fisherman’s Hollow and Yanchep Lagoon, said if the ocean conditions were suitable, people on the tour would also be able to sample the delicacy cooked or sashimi style.
If not once back at the marina the catch is divided and they could take their rock lobster home to cook.
Mr Mitchell said he hoped the opportunity to catch a western rock lobster in the Indian Ocean off Two Rocks became a ‘must do’ for locals and tourists.
The opportunity (without a personal licence) to take live lobster catch off a boat and back to your home to cook is a relatively new concept and initiative by the tourism industry and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Last year the McGowan Government announced new rules for selected charter vessels to boost rock lobster fishing tourism to support local jobs and make more local lobsters available with WA’s individual recreational fisher bag limit of eight lobsters (maximum) per passenger maintained.
The tour departing at 10 am is available Friday to Monday from May to December (and on demand).
Tours are subject to favourable weather conditions.