Fish­ing for news brings in a beauty


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Fol­low me on Face­book: face­book. com/JournoJack

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.

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