Soulfish Seafoods owner Dan Learoyd (left) with staff member Andrew “Jack” Eden and Ben.
Dan continued skippering the Irene for many years until Soulfish Seafoods was purchased & The Southeastern boat added to the fleet which is based in Noosa. This was acquired to compliment the overall concept of providing the freshest seafood on the Sunshine Coast.
To this day, Dan’s son Josh has the same passion as his father and is currently skippering the Irene in Cook town.
Dan was a born fisherman and at the age of 8 would walk to the Spellbound boat in Noosa and ask for a job almost every day which was finally agreed after he finished school. After a stint in the hospitality Dan joined the boat & crew in his early 20’s and climbed the ranks to skipper with his Skipper tickets in 2000.
After the Spellbound, Dan ventured on for eight years in many other commercial fishing vessels including The Irene based in Cook Town which he then purchased in 2008.