Norfolk Island fishing

Yu bin fishen laetley?‘ translates to: ‘Have you been fishing lately?’  NB: There are many different spellings used in our Norfolk language ~ this version is by Beryl Nobbs Palmer.

Rock Fishing

In the ocean surrounds of Norfolk Island, our sealife is plentiful. An assortment of fish are caught both from the rocks and from boats; nanwee, trumpeter, ophey, groper, kingfish, stiddy, tough cord, parrot fish, artooti, tweed trousers, yaholley and more…

Traditional fishing rods were made from a piece of bamboo, cut to your individual size… The cutting of the rods grew in length as you grew in age and height!

It is common practice to only take what you need when fishing ~ to share with the elders who are unable to fish from the rocky foreshores anymore. The sighs of wonder and delight when you home deliver to them, a freshly caught ophey or kingfish, is worth the fishing trip in itself.