Jenkins and Son’s story begins with Peter Jenkins, more commonly known to the locals as ‘Jerka’. Jerka has always been more comfortable at sea, with a past career as a skipper. Mermaid tatoos from head to toe, it is no wonder that Jerka has become Portarlington’s most famous and recognisable fisherman.
Jerka along side his son Ben are the fifth generation fishermen in the Jenkins line. Jerka and Ben began their small business behind their family home, in a corrugated iron shed on Queenscliff road. The high demand for Jerka’s fresh fish and the locals always pestering him for more, saw him opening a small shop on Portarlington road, hard to miss as you drive into town.