"What's his secret?"
"He grills geckos to use as bait."
We're talking of Darijo, resident of a hamlet within Projotamansari, south of Yogyakarta, who is often the champion of the village daily fishing competition.
"But you're not allowed to sprinkle food in the water near you when you fish to encourage more fish into your area. That's cheating."
"They may have paid several times before earning any winnings, so the net takeaway can be as small as Rp 20,000 - but it's enough to keep the heart happy."
geckos, snake meat, or eggs. Caterpillars are expensive though, and you shouldn't use cat meat. Cats are lucky to have around.
"Thirdly, skill. But skill without good food is not effective. Finally, money! Ha ha!" Karo shows a mouth of blue gums.
I sit on one of the concrete stools around the olive-gold water trailing the float of my fishing pole slowly left and right. The men have all had bites in under 50 seconds. A grubby grey kitten peers into the still water. There's not much action. He heads for the bucket of pink worms, peers in over the rim, and topples the lot over.