Fish Tales I

At the break of each day with the exception of Domingo,

the local fisherman of Tofo gather under the trees on the beach, where their colourful boats have rested for the night.

Traces are drawn while sustenance for the day ahead gets stacked away into the middle storage box that will hopefully be filled with fish on their return.

Most mornings are warm and as the light kicks in,

the boats head out with determined and confident crew.

By 2pm they begin to head back.  First in gets first access to The Market demand.

Without fancy equipment or fishfinders, these men fish with a knowing, handed down from father to son and developed over generations of doing,

Complimented with the rich bounty that is the Mozambique Coast Line.

Celebrating Early Mornings and Early Evenings on Tofo Beach – July 2013

(Talk in the village is that the record catch brought in on one of these boats was a 200kg Sailfish. I reckon the fish might have brought the boat in!)

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17 thoughts on “Fish Tales I

  1. I remember as a child in Spain I would wait for the local fisherman to come in so I could see their haul for the day. So exciting and fascinating to see the variety in the ocean’s bounty! Even then I could sense the importance of a good day’s catch to their well being; you could see the joy and relief in their faces after a successful trip.

  2. Great post. The colours in your images are lovely. Interesting how for us, in the city, we see this wonderful fresh fish straight from the ocean as a luxury, while there it is a necessity. I love that there is no technology involved that the knowledge and skills are passed along through the generations.

    • At the rate things are going fresh fish is going to be a luxury even in places like Moz. Luckily we still get to take part in the experience and share it with our kids. I truly hope that this isn’t something that i will only be able to tell my Grandkids about one day!

    • It seems as if the first fishermen into the village off load stock quite easily at restaurants and guest lodges, once these have all been supplied the rest seems to end up in the market place where tourists purchase from the ‘fish corner’ and plenty of haggling takes place. I would think it is just easier to be able to supply the local venues as a fixed price rather than dealing with the village market. We are heading back up in a week or so and am planning to investigate further. It is an amazing place.

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