Why is Rock Fishing a Deadly Sport?
When people think of dangerous sports, many people think of rock climbing, sky-diving, bungee jumping, or snorkeling. However, there is another sport that can be equally dangerous and that is rock fishing.
Rock fishing is a very popular sport for serious fishermen and fisherwomen. This is coastal fishing off rocky outcroppings surrounded by the sea and crashing waves. This type of fishing is very popular in New Zealand and in Australia. However, it has claimed the lives of many people over the years and it is not for the faint-hearted.
Why is it so dangerous? When someone is rock fishing, they are throwing their fishing line into an ocean while trying to keep their balance and stand on wet, slippery, sharp rocks. There is the constant danger of ocean waves crashing into them and when they do catch a fish on their line, they are often pulled by the outgoing surges. They may even get pulled off the rocks by the waves when they are trying to reel in the fish. One thing is certain. You should never do this alone nor do it while there is an incoming tide. Not many rock fishers are seen wearing lifejackets and this may be something for you to consider.