My name is Gus Oysterman and I'm a commercial fisherman out of Ceduna. I've been fishing in this area probably 42 years, 43 something like that. And I'll probably still be doing it when I die. Originally I come from Germany. I was 4 years old when my parents came out here. I started fishing I suppose when I was about 15, 16 and on and off I've been fishing ever since.
I'm mainly out here to catch King George whiting but you get the occasional gummy shark on the wadding line or squid but mainly King George whiting. It's what most of the fishermen are after.
Hand fishing is a lot faster than using a rod. It doesn't really seem it now 'cos it's pretty slow but when they really bite it is heaps faster.
Two years ago I was out off Peter Point there and a big shark come alongside and he swam around the boat for about 3 quarters of an hour and he grabbed the motor and he give it a shake and sat alongside and I grabbed his fin and really good. And then all of a sudden he come past real close and his eyes rolled back and the next minute he latched on to the side of the boat and you could hear the fibreglass cracking. That was scary. That was scary. I pulled up anchor slowly and come home.
I mean today is beautiful , calm, but some days is terrible out there really but , I don't know I never worked for a boss , do what you want to do, if you want a day off, you can have a day off. If you want to come early you can if you want to stay late you can. I never get sick of fish. It's a good lifestyle. I just love it.