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Message started by tadpole on Feb 2nd, 2019 at 5:24pm

Title: Abalone
Post by tadpole on Feb 2nd, 2019 at 5:24pm
Went for my first ever abalone gathering session this morning. Swell was up a bit so it was reasonably hard work, and I'm quite sore now but managed to get our 2 bag limits. Ended up with about 1.1kg of meat. Open to any recipes anyone may know of. Tried a few this morning just lightly crumbed, was delicious
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Title: Re: Abalone
Post by mikel on Feb 2nd, 2019 at 7:44pm
Geez tadpole, they look to be very miniature ab's. Caught in Vic. or NSW with them that size there would be a very hefty penalty coming your way. (from memory, 5"):o

Having said that, they would be the most delicious delicacy the sea has to offer (okay, oysters pretty close!).
As a young bloke pulling them from rock pools in E. Gippsland we would separate the meat from the gut, place it between a folded hessian bag and beat it flat and thin with a beer bottle (meat mallet for the civilized) 8-)
Cut the flattened abalone into about 1" wide strips then into an oiled frying pan, smoking hot, no more than 30 seconds each side.

This is gourmet stuff, maybe a nicely dressed green salad for the "connesewer", but camped behind the beach with a few longnecks and a couple of sheilas its as good as it gets† ;)
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Title: Re: Abalone
Post by tadpole on Feb 2nd, 2019 at 8:49pm
These are Roes Abalone which only have a minimum size of 60mm over here. I'm pretty sure that one I'm holding would be one of the smaller specimens I caught. Most of them were 75-80mm

Title: Re: Abalone
Post by Derek on Feb 3rd, 2019 at 9:57am
I have never eaten it myself.

As a teenager living at Port Stephens back in the late 60ís and early 70ís a mate and myself used to go diving for them.† Big buggers they were to.

Would be nothing to fill a potato sack in an afternoon back then.

However we used to cut the flesh out and and throw it away.

Pete used to clean and polish the shells and sell them.

Some interesting recipes - http://www.ausab.com.au/recipes/

Title: Re: Abalone
Post by paulhenry on Feb 4th, 2019 at 10:18pm
Mouth watering stuff, Tad.
Do u remember roughly where u used to dive Derek? I live in Port Stephens but after years of land based game fishing off the rocks, l know that there is some pretty big Noah's arks swimming around down there.

Title: Re: Abalone
Post by Derek on Feb 4th, 2019 at 10:27pm

paulhenry wrote on Feb 4th, 2019 at 10:18pm:
Do u remember roughly where u used to dive Derek? I live in Port Stephens but after years of land based game fishing off the rocks, l know that there is some pretty big Noah's arks swimming around down there.


We used to get them off the rocks around the Port Stephens Lighthouse.  Shark Island they call it now I think.

I worked as a pro-fisher on trawlers there for a while so know about the sharks.

Title: Re: Abalone
Post by tadpole on Mar 9th, 2019 at 5:35pm
Last day of the WA abalone season today. Swell was down today so was easy to get our bag limits. I'm amazed about the quantity of abalone on the reefs in Perth, very well managed fishery
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Title: Re: Abalone
Post by Derek on Mar 10th, 2019 at 4:36pm
Well done.  Another nice feed.

Do they freeze well.

Title: Re: Abalone
Post by tadpole on Mar 10th, 2019 at 11:59pm
Yes they do freeze well. Split them up into 4 bags yesterday and put them in the freezer. Got a bag out today as we were having pizza so i went the seafood route and they still had the same texture as when fresh. Am half thinking about heading down south to get a few more soon as they have a different season and bag limits south of Busselton.

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