Nowhere in this whole wide world would you ever come across people living and breathing fish as much as the islanders in the Indian Ocean do. They take pride in earning a living through angling. They always wear a million-dollar smile onto their visibly weary face however early they row out to sea. And the sheer aggression they happen to display whenever hauling out the day’s big catch speaks volume of an oddly satisfying strong suit.
Now what’s particularly transfixing is the day those sea-legged people celebrate their staple food in all its splendour and habitat. Through a fish festival held every 1st March, thousands of anglers honour the blue economy and the lore of living right by the sea. They take to their usual fishing holes to trawl for the season’s biggest catches. Competitions and other activities are held on that day in the view of promoting local fishing, recreational activities, authentic attractions and other spheres of the lifeway of the islanders.
Our advice: Set forth for the sister islands – Rodrigues and Mauritius for the 2017 celebrations of the Fish Festival. In Rodrigues, hundreds of visitors are expected to turn in for the festivities about to kick off at the Cotton Bay. Local handicraft, live entertainment and fresh fishes are expected to be on tap for the fish festival. Don’t you forget to try out your luck at one spellbinding opportunity of freshwater fishing or in participating for the annual mulet tournament which promises to award the winner of the biggest mulet landed.
In Mauritius, turning in as early as 10 a.m. promises firstly catches free of charge. Tours are also freely dispensed.
Come celebrate the opening of the fish season and prepare a delicious fresh fish curry, broth or stock as you so choose… We bet the season’s first casts are simply otherworldly.