- Published: Monday, 18 September 2017 13:56
Every year a small but canny group of Denmark anglers waits for the Wilson Inlet to fill to near bursting point.
Then, when salt water seeps through the narrowing sandbar holding back the Southern Ocean, they capitalise on a brief opportunity to enjoy a unique shore-based pink snapper fishery.
The snapper, having matured and spawned inside the estuary, gather near the mouth to wait for the opening of the bar which will enable them to migrate to the ocean and continue their life’s journey.
They can sense the insurgence of the salt into the inlet, which can also be enhanced by big swells pushing water over the bar, and instinct tells them it’s time to make their move.
However, they aren’t the only ones who are onto the change and they have one last challenge before becoming oceanic wanderers – the group of Denmark fishos soaking their lines near the mouth of the Wilson.
The location for this short-lived fishery is what is known as the Prawn Rock Channel and a more unlikely spot for this sort of event you’d scarcely find.