Sally Jenyns is one of those fortunate people whose career has enabled her to follow her three great loves of fishing, cooking and travel. The direction her life has taken is not surprising considering her salty childhood. Family weekends and holidays were spent fishing and fossicking in the waters of Moreton Bay.
Her father, Ron Jenyns, triple yachting Olympian and one of Queensland’s most respected fisherman, and grandfather Ian Gall, cartoonist, author and nature journalist, gave Sally a passion for the sea and the great outdoor sport of fishing from a young age.
In 1988, having completed a Diploma of Business in Hospitality Management, Sally began working as a chef on luxury charter vessels along the Queensland coastline. Subsequently, her work has taken her to exotic ports around the globe including the United States, the Mediterranean, the Bahamas and Brazil. In 1990 she crossed the Pacific Ocean, from Cairns to Mexico, spending five months in Tahiti en route.
During eight years of shipboard life, Sally’s culinary expertise has both delighted international game-fishermen and lead her to writing about her enviable lifestyle.
In 1995, the Sunshine Coast local, released My Funky Fishing Book; a children’s how-to-fish manual which sold more than 25,000 copies.
Sally’s television career began in 1996 as the seafood specialist on Seven Queensland’s popular saltwater lifestyle programme Brownie’s Coastwatch. Her first cookbook Fishing and Feasting sold over 20,000 copies over that summer.
Sally has worked on all of Seven’s local programmes, including Great South East and Queensland Weekender while publishing another two cookbooks, The Coastwatch Cookbookand Easy Eats for Lazy Weekends, which continue to sell strongly.
Sally has been a presenter on the Seven Network’s Creek to Coast since it’s inception in 1999, and is still loving it after all this time.
What is your best fishing spot? Ribbon reefs, Far North Queensland.
If you had to be stuck on an island with one of the other Creek to Coast presenters, who would it be and why? Andrew Mirosch could catch dinner, as well as cook it….thats handy, and he’s a good bloke to have a chat with.
What is your funniest crew story? After a great days fishing in North Queensland, which included a nice big Yellowfin Tuna, we couldn’t be bothered dressing up for dinner…so we bought some rice, veges and nori and rolled sushi sitting on the hotel floor.
If you could go anywhere, where would it be and why? Maldives…that aqua water.
What is your hidden talent? Hula hooping… and its staying hidden!
Best eating fish? Coral Trout with fresh Spanish Mackerel right behind it.
Best catching fish? Giant Trevally. Throwing poppers around reef edges = fun!!
Item you always have with you for camping/driving/fishing? Bottle opener.
Who is your celebrity doppelganger? I’ve been told Sigrid Thornton for years…flattered, but I don’t get it.
What food do you despise the most? Hawaiian poi…fermented taro.
Favourite recipe/food? Fresh, natural oysters.
Weird OCD’s? Lucky fishing shirts…if only I could catch a good fish in a good looking shirt!
What is one thing in the world you can’t live without? The love of my husband, sons and family.
What is the most unusual bait you’ve used to catch a fish? Christmas ham skin. Nice flathead too!
What is your best party trick? Making late night snacks from leftovers.
On a day off where would we most likely find you? At the beach…wherever my sons are surfing.
What are you most afraid of? Dying before I get really really old.
Your best relaxing spot? Day bed at home…though a boat deck anywhere works.
Tell us about someone memorable you’ve met along your Creek to Coast journey? Rick Stien has cooked with me on Creek, and I’ve cooked with him on his BBC Seafood Odyssey. We still keep in contact and he’s one of the best.
Your life quote or motto (who said it)? Be kind, be brave. No idea who said, but I say it to my kids, almost every day.