To fish while sitting on a stilt has been a unique way for fishermen to catch fish while in the water. It has also become a certain hallmark of Sri Lanka. Unfortunately nowadays, when there are lots of ships and boats, it is less and less necessary for fishermen to choose this option of fish. More and more the fishermen on the stilts are simply actors who pose for tourists to take pictures. On the other hand, even if they are not catching the fish, they look more than awesome.
The tradition of stilt fishing is actually not that old. It started during World War II when some inventive local men tried fishing on the water to avoid the crowds in regular fishing spots. Since then fishermen began erecting stilts in coral reefs.