by Conor Byrne
Every territorian has a right to fish at his favourite spot, but one fisherman is happy never to go back to his.
Recreational fisherman Regis Martin was stalked by a big crocodile off the rocks at East Point, in Darwin (AUS). He couldn't guess the size, but said 'this one was bigger than me'.
'It seemed to me as if the distance between us was less than his size,' Mr Martin said. 'It really spooked me. He was so close I could see his eyes. I could see him looking at me.'
'It's terrible. My favourite fishing spot for a few years. I am wondering whether to go back.'
Mr Martin was fishing on the rocks past the military museum. '(I) decided to go home any way, didn't feel like staying there,' he said. 'This crocodile was definitely not shy.' Mr Martin warned other fishermen on the fishingterritory.com forum.
Ranger Joey Buckerfield said they didn't get any crocs out of harbour traps when they inspected them on Thursday.
'If we get a number of calls we would go out and harpoon the croc,' he said. 'But he might have got into one of the arms. We've a few traps out there.'
Mr Buckerfield said there were a few recent croc sightings off Larrakeyah. There have been 114 crocs captured this year, 45 in April and 22 last week. The biggest was a 4.5m croc at Cascade Falls, in Litchfield National Park, and the biggest in the harbour was 4.3m long at West Arm.