In Episode 8: The Last Jedi, Luke goes "fishing" on Ach-To, the island where Rey finds him at the end of Episode 7.

While Rey is following him on his daily routine, Luke takes a huge long spear and uses it to vault across the canyon to tiny ledge (prompting Rey to say "Careful!"). Then he uses the same spear to skewer a humongous fish, which he carries back to his camp (presumably for eating)

Why did he need to do the crazy vault stunt?

If the spear was capable of stabbing a fish from that height, why didn't he just skewer a fish from the original starting location, before the vault to the tiny ledge?

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    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 1:21

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There's shallow water under the cliff on the island side whereas there's deeper water under the ledge on the other side of the gap.

Presumably the really big fish won't come into the shallows and it would be almost impossible (without the Force) to balance a pole long enough to reach the deeper water from the cliff.

On the south side of the island, a narrow inlet pierced the land, its cliffs plunging down into a foamy slot of a bay. A pole leaned against the edge of the cliff, its end planted in the shallows far below. Luke grabbed the pole and used it as a lever to swing himself over the gap.

“Whoa—careful!” Rey called.

Luke landed lightly on the other side, standing on an impossibly narrow ledge, and aimed a withering look her way. He braced himself above the long drop and lifted the pole, staring down at the water. Rey edged over to the gap and peered down to where the pole’s pointed, barbed end hung over the churning water.

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    All images drawn to scale. Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 21:55
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    The real question is why he didn’t just fly/float across the gap like Mary Poppins/Princess Leia Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 23:42
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    @Celestial - Because he'd cut himself off from the Force, and wasn't doing Jedi stuff. That includes flying.
    – Adamant
    Commented Jun 16, 2018 at 2:35
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    Ok, you established how he skewered the fish. Now tell us how he takes it out of the spear.
    – user65648
    Commented Jun 16, 2018 at 3:04
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    He left the fish skewered, then walked round to the base of the cliff and then back up the cliff by another route to the top. "Luke shifted the pole to the rocky beach, where the fish flapped, its mouth tendrils wiggling. He leaned the pole against the ledge and walked down a path to the beach. Rey found a similar trail on her side of the cliff.". Note that Luke isn't on a finger island, he's just on the other side of the bay.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 16, 2018 at 4:54

Out of universe

Because it looks cool and the film needed an action beat.

But also to show the people in the audience who haven't seen the original trilogy what Luke Skywalker is capable of. Also to show people who have what Luke Skywalker is still capable of, it has been 30 years.

In universe

Unlike Yoda who acted like a crazy hermit to test Luke's compassion and patience, Luke is acting like a crazy hermit to convince her to leave. Rey is a reminder of his failures as a Jedi teacher and he wants her to GO AWAY AND LEAVE HIM ALONE so he won't hurt anyone else! This is also why he stares at her while drinking weird green sea cow milk. He's signaling "I'm a crazy, gross old man, kid. You don't want anything to do with me."

And Luke is taking unnecessary risks because he hopes he'll make a mistake and die.

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    I would add one thing. Remember Yoda calling Luke "reckless" in the Empire Strikes Back? Luke has a natural crazy demeanor, so it's not entirely acting when he acts crazy.
    – Lee Mosher
    Commented Jun 17, 2018 at 23:59

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