The majority of people usually buy their fish from the supermarket, and sometimes it’s not even fresh. Why would you choose to eat food that comes out of a can when you can go fishing with the guys or with your family? Take advantage of these moments and enjoy the air and the fresh fish because you will miss them after you get back to the office.
In some parts of the world, there are a few groups of people that like fish so much that they learned how to catch them with their bare hands. Not necessarily because they don’t have anything else to eat, but because it became a known sport and they even attend a few fishing contests.
If you think about catching fish with your hands, you’d better start small because you won’t be able to hold a big one after you catch it in your hand.
Before you decide that you want to try this, make sure that you learn as much as possible about the techniques and the species of fish that you will end up touching.
Although the idea of hand fishing is simple enough, you still need to learn what to grab after you get your hand inside its mouth.
Make sure that you learn the natural habitat of the fish, the things that they eat and what makes them come to you after you jump in the water.
It is important to know that in certain situations, such as if a fish is ready to spawn, that you are required to let the fish go back into the water.
Before picking the perfect place down the river, make sure that fishing is legal in that area and that are not other dangerous species around that could hurt you.
Wear shoes, long pants, a long sleeve shirt and gloves before going into the water. Although you see that other men are not taking these precautions, you should take care of your hands and feet. Better safe than sorry!
Don’t wade into the water because this could spook the fish. Get in slowely and pay attention to everything that moves around you.
Always use your feet to feel for structures that could harbor a fish, and then reach your hand into them. You will be able to feel if there’s a fish swimming in that hole or not.
If you don’t know if what you’re touching is a fish or a rock, just try to feel if it is warm enough or not.
It is always a great idea to exercise swimming and other diving techniques before you go on this trip. Catching fish with your hands is not easy!
If you’re lucky enough to touch one after a few tries, try not to pull your hand away. Leave your hand in the fish’s mouth and pull it toward you.
Wrap your free arm around the fish and be careful not to touch the barbs on the fish’s fins.
If you have a few friends that are close enough, you should probably tell them to help you so the fish won’t go away.
If you caught one, be quick about it but don’t move your hand too fast because you might lose it and it will also hurt your skin.
Is always better to carry a survival fishing kit with hooks and line, instead of going empty handed.
The typical weight for a catfish caught by hand fishing is 22 to 39 pounds. Impressive, right?
Women can do it too, so you can even take your girlfriend ont this trip.
If you’re not doing it professionally, just remember that you’re there to have fun.
Keep in mind that having your arm swallowed by a giant fish doesn’t tickle. But when it comes to survival you gotta do what you gotta do.