Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s house at Holloways Beach. And on school holidays my grandad would take me out fishing on the Barron River and the beaches around Cairns. In the early mornings he would teach me how to cast a net and show me the best spots around Cairns to catch prawn.
At night time we would walk inland towards the mangroves to put out crab pots. My grandad told me the ideal time to put out the crab pots is on the third night of the full moon.
Sometimes, he would take my brothers and I up to Mossman to go fishing, but if the tide was low we would dig up the Kudsu (native yam) from the hillside in the scrub, whilst waiting for the tide to rise again. This print is dedicated to my grandparents, expressing my thanks and appreciation for the time they took to share their knowledge and teach me a cultural way of living.