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Stilt fishing is a method of fishing unique to the island country of Sri Lanka, known as “the Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a ‘petta’ tied to a vertical pole and driven into the sand a few meters offshore. From...more
It was good to see how they used to do fishing and actually have a go, and I actually caught a fish. Yes this is now a tourist attraction to make money, but everyone is entitled to make a living and this is part of...More
We went along to see the stilt fisherman actually fishing and so were disappointed to discover that they were there purely as a money making venture and were trying to get people to have their photos taken on the stilts for a price which we...More
This is something I'd wanted to do and was determined to see As a result I talked to hotel drivers and tuc tuc drivers. If you go out at 5.30/6am you will see real fishermen if you go at 9.30am like I did, it is...More
We had read about the Stick Fishermen & seen the poles further along the coast but seeing them "in action" as they shimmied up their poles, so swiftly, was impressive. Each pole really is that with a couple of triangular "steps" & a crossbar rope...More
I loved seeing the Stilt Fisherman & I don’t care that they just get up there for tourists, if they didn’t then tourists would not have the opportunity to see this Traditional way of fishing, we even saw one guy catch a small fish which...More
Nice way to get a photo but
Please note most of these guys sit on the shore and wait for the tuk tuk with tourist to stop.
The are willing to pose for you 6 "fishermen" go in the water hold thin sticks pretend to...More
We all know they are not real... just posing for tourists and of course asking for a few rupee for the opportunity to take photos... can't blame them.
I wouldn't sit up a pole all day for nothing either.
The pictures are quite striking and...More