Saibai Fisherman


After Poruma (also known as Coconut Island) in the previous post I flew over to Saibai Island just off the Papua New Guinea coast as part of the casual bush flying work I am doing for a week or two in the Torres Strait north of Australia at the moment. We were all on board about to start engines for the flight back to Horn Island when we saw this bloke, Jimmy Jimmy. Jimmy Jimmy was walking home past the airstrip with a fish he had just caught, a 20+ kilogram (at least 45 pounds) Barramundi caught on a light handline from the shore. Jimmy Jimmy is over 6 feet tall to give you an idea of the size of the Barra. No wonder he’s smiling! A catch like that deserves acknowledgement. It was “switches off, doors open” …my passengers, six of them, and myself off loaded to admire the effort and potential feast in awe. Five minutes later we were on our way. No barramundi on board but I did bring back a large juicy mud crab, another specialty of the island.


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