A unique Top End tradition, stopping by culverts, drains and creeks to check on the baitfish and cast a lure to temp a roadside barra is a popular activity for families, friends and solo fishers.
With the ramping up of a good wet season, there are increasing roadside land-based fishing opportunities in many parts of the Territory. Accessible for an after work or school trip, or on a relaxing Sunday drive; come rain or sunshine, culvert fishing is a popular community activity in the wet months.
Roadside fishing can also be dangerous. Care should be always taken by fishers with attention paid to the proximity of the passing traffic, crocodiles, and the changing condition of flooded waterways. New Territorians or beginner fishers may not be fully aware of crocodile danger, so, if you do spot dangerous behaviour, you may be able to kindly point out Crocwise ways to approach the fishing location.
Whether you are fishing a roadside yourself, or passing by in a car, it is important to always stay alert and put safety first.
When fishers are behind the wheel we can play a huge part in improving safety for our fellow anglers, and setting the standard for other road users. So, the next time you are passing by a culvert, creek or bridge, SLOW DOWN and be ready to apply the brake pedal, especially when towing your boat (because it takes much longer to stop). Proceed with caution, drive to the conditions and assume that someone may step out from behind a parked vehicle at any time.
At AFANT, we encourage everyone to put the safety of our fellow fishers first. After all, it could be mates or our loved ones fishing by the roadside. There’s only one thing better than a bumper wet season or a trophy barramundi, and that’s making sure everyone makes it home to plan for the next adventure!
Photo courtesy: Taylor O’Hare