By Tales from the Tinny
Standing chest-deep in the water to cast a line is rarely a good idea in the Top End.
- A man has been photographed standing chest-deep in crocodile-infested water
- More than 20 per cent of all saltwater crocodiles caught this year in the NT were in Hope Inlet
- A witness warned the man of the danger, and he “sort of shrugged his shoulders”
But Simon Bochow was “gobsmacked” when he saw a man doing just that at Shoal Bay’s Hope Inlet, with a two-and-a-half-metre saltwater crocodile in a trap less than 40 metres away.
“It’s not a big crocodile but it will still take a leg off,” Mr Bochow said.
“And I’ve seen bigger ones in there.”
This year, 59 crocodiles have been pulled out of Hope Inlet — 20 per cent of the 285 caught across the entire Northern Territory.
“Not only that but it’s the start of the stinger season,” Mr Bochow told Tales from the Tinny.
“And we’re starting to see a lot of big box jellyfish floating round there as well.”
As he went past in his boat, he warned the man of the nearby crocodile, and he “sort of shrugged his shoulders”.
“We were gobsmacked. We [were] just, ‘Alright, no worries’; we just kept going,” he said.
“There was not a whole lot we could do.
“It was unbelievable.”
The region is also known for its powerful tides and big channels.
While Mr Bochow said the tide that day was not the biggest, he still thought the man would have had to swim at least half the way to shore.
But the risk did not even appear to be paying off.
“We didn’t see him catch a fish,” Mr Bochow said.
Other fishermen said a crocodile trap, with a crocodile in it, was less than 40m away. (Supplied)
Many people on Facebook were aghast at the photographs.
Fisheries Dept wants to employ them as croc bait! — Andrew Knox
More than 1/5 of the total crocs for 2018 have been pulled from Hope! — Blake Gilmore
There has to be a story to it.loss boat rising tide ????? Something to it and was having a sneak fish while crossing — Charmaine Burton
Natural selection at work … — Kylie June Hayes
Temporary Australian for sure — Steve Pfitzner
While you’re here… are you feeling curious?