- From Fremantle
- Fishing with GFC for 12 years
- Skippers Tindari IV
Bart is one of GFC’s loyal C zone fishermen and has sharefished with director Basil Lenzo since 1997. Bart has now been with the Co-op for 11 years and skippers the boat Tindari IV along with his father Tony and brother Max. Bart is a second generation fisherman, starting out as a deckhand for his father and uncle when he was 18.
When we asked Bart about some of his more unusual experiences as a fisherman he told us that he once managed to catch a shark on a grapple hook using a coke can for bait. Another time he pulled up a slat pot after a huge swell and found no lobsters, just a golf ball. Bart looks forward to his retirement, taking the time to relax and enjoy his leisure time. At least we know that if he takes up golfing, he already has some of the gear!
Reflecting on his years in the Western Rock Lobster fishery, Bart fondly remembers his old friend Nic Derosa, who passed away 10 years ago. Bart said, “He would always push the boundaries, spoke his mind and had the gift of the gab. He once sold a ‘special timber’ that he claimed would attract lobster. Quite a few fishermen took the bait! Nic was a true character and a loyal friend.”