Stilt fishing is a fascinating age-old method of bringing in the daily catch. This kind of fishing is unique and has been undertaken here on the southern shores of Sri Lanka for generations. A technique perfected over the centuries, it is here just as predominant as modern fishing. It’s simply mesmerising to watch in the mornings and evenings, when the locals begin to populate the stilts and prepare their lines. Yet it’s even more fun to have a go yourself.
The stilts are constructed with a smaller crossbar tied onto the strong wooden stilt, which is mounted just offshore. These fishermen are equipped with home-made wooden rods, which they use to catch herring and mackerel. As you watch this serene spectacle, imagine the patience required to remain so still for so long.
Most stilt fishermen favour early mornings and late afternoons, when lower light levels encourage the fish to feed without fear of predators. You can choose to just observe this intriguing way of life or you can join in and maybe catch a fish.
Additional notes about the tour
This experience is available in the early morning or late afternoon.