Dec 9, 2015

Tried Stilt Fishing? You Have To!

What a great way to go fishing indeed! Stilt fishing is a concept predominantly seen on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka where fishermen perch on a vertical pole about 2 meters above the sea water and sit patiently, awaiting a good catch on their fishing lines.

A traditional fishing method in Sri Lanka, these fishermen can be seen around sunrise, noon and sunset fishing with a plastic bag of their catch tied around their waist or to the pole itself.

It’s possibly not the most comfortable method to fish, sitting for long hours on a cross bar attached to the vertical pole that is driven into the sea bed, but it truly is a sight to behold. In fact, if you are perusing through picture postcards on Sri Lanka, this is a common sight on the cover, as it makes a beautiful picture with the rising or setting sun in the background.

Now, holidaymakers and visitors to Sri Lanka also have the opportunity to try this unique method of fishing; the best places to try it are in the seas of Mirissa, Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna, some of the most gorgeous beaches in the island.

There are tour operators that handle the necessary details for you, so get online and start inquiring and booking. It’s going to be a super experience, for sure!