Fishing with Aboriginals

{inspired by Pilgrim’s story of Hunting with Aboriginals}

We were camping at Doolena Gorge, a place somewhere in the North of Western Australia. If ever you are thinking of travelling Outback Australia, do it! Don’t wait to be a ‘Grey Haired Nomad’ as it is such an adventure for all of us regardless of age.
A family of aboriginal people arrived where we were and momentarily made me feel like a trespasser, but they set about their business, which was fishing, and I learnt a really valuable lesson. The children were curious about us and I showed them our camper trailer and gave them oranges to eat which they loved. Our way of life was varied, yet we shared the important basics.
The man of the family sat down and talked to my man about life and cars and world affairs whilst the women of the family began fishing for their supper, with older children minding the young.
I watched the matriarch of the family at the edge of the water digging for bait. She was unearthing mud-eyes, larvae of dragonflies, and pulling their heads off. If you don’t have a container to put your bait in, it is a very quick and humane way to immobilize them by this method of dissection, plus you have two pieces of bait for the price of one. After putting a piece on the hook, she threw in a handful of tiny pebbles, immediately followed by the baited line. The splash attracted the fish and the bait did the rest. Lots of fish were caught that day.
I tried this method the next day and can guarantee its success.

Fishing with Aboriginals


Healesville, Australia

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