Kayaker on Sydney Harbor gets hooked by a fisherman and capsizes

Wild moment Kayaker berates fisherman after they ‘hook’ his boat, causing it to capsize in the middle of Sydney Harbour

  • Two fishermen caught a tirade from an angry kayaker who got caught in their line
  • Adam Bailey said it was the third kayaker to cross the couple’s fishing lines that day
  • Mr Bailey urged kayakers paddling in the harbor to be more careful

A pair of fishermen caught a shocking, foul-mouthed tirade when one of their lines got tangled around a kayak in Sydney Harbour, causing it to capsize.

Adam Bailey, 30, and a friend were standing at the edge of the harbor with their fishing lines tossed in the water.

One of the fishing lines got caught behind a man’s kayak, causing it to capsize.

Adam Bailey, 30, and a friend were standing at the edge of the harbor with their fishing lines tossed in the water

Adam Bailey, 30, and a friend were standing at the edge of the harbor with their fishing lines tossed in the water

Mr Bailey, who works on a fishing charter, said similar incidents happen

Mr Bailey, who works on a fishing charter, said similar incidents happen “quite regularly” in the harbor because kayakers get too close to people fishing (Mr Bailey’s fishing companion pictured).

As the kayaker was thrown to shore by the fishing line, he yelled obscenities at the anglers as they watched, occasionally bursting out in fits of laughter.

“I told you I was within range,” the kayaker yelled. “I can not [the line] out. You gotta fucking cut it off!’

The friend cut the line to free the kayak and the paddler was able to escape.

Mr Bailey, who works on a fishing charter, told Daily Mail Australia the kayaker was the third to cross the couple’s lines that day.

“We have our lines quite close to us with a float in the water. These kayakers get very close to us. We don’t do it on purpose,” he said.

Mr Bailey said similar incidents occur “quite regularly” in the harbor because kayakers got too close to areas where people are fishing and urged them to be more careful as anglers “can’t avoid them”.

“They have a lot more room to dodge our lines,” he said.

Mr Bailey (pictured) has urged kayakers in the harbor to be more careful as anglers

Mr Bailey (pictured) has urged kayakers in the harbor to be more careful as anglers “can’t avoid them”.

A license is not required to paddle a kayak in NSW, but a government website warns that Sydney Harbor “is an extremely busy waterway”.

NSW Maritime advises kayakers to “use [their] Eyes and ears to keep a sharp lookout” as you paddle Sydney’s popular waterways.

Commercial fishing in the port was banned in 2006 due to elevated levels of toxins in fish and crustaceans, but recreational fishing remains legal.

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Emma Colton

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