Fishing for news brings in a beauty
CATCH MARKET’S PRE-CHRISTMAS MARATHON
BACK home in Bourke, I used to love going out fishing.
I’d find a shady spot by the river and settle back to wait for a nibble from a Murray cod or golden perch.
There was always a celebration when I did catch something, unless it was carp.
But I could never bring myself to do the famous Rex Hunt thing and plant a big sloppy kiss on those slimy fish lips.
I mean, shouldn’t we really get to know each other first?
If the fish weren’t biting, we’d set our traps and haul in a few yabbies.
No way would I try kissing one of them.
Since moving to Sydney, I haven’t had a lot of time for fishing.
But I do love my seafood and I have discovered the popular Sydney Fish Market. Next week, the market will hold its annual 36-Hour Seafood Marathon.
After initially wondering if this involved prawns doing a 42km run in a kind of crustacean Olympiad, I realised this is one of Sydney’s biggest pre-Christmas traditions.
This year is the Seafood Marathon’s 20th anniversary and retailers will stay open for 36 hours, from 5am on Wednesday, December 23, through to 5pm on Christmas Eve.
Santa is also planning a visit, between 11am and 1pm on both days.
I’ve seen TV footage of the frenzy as people stock up on their Christmas seafood, so I’m keen to see it for real.
It looks crazy, but a lot of fun.
It’s a great opportunity for some people watching. I just hope it isn’t you fighting with someone else over that last kilo of prawns.
Journo Jack has a moment at the Sydney Fish Market.