There are many different ways to catch fish—with and without a pole.
Also, there are modern methods and traditional ones. Check out this video of an angler using a 300-year-old traditional Korean fishing pole. The name of the rod is gyeonji. The angler in the video, Jung-Hoon Park, looks like he’s mastered the traditional method.
And it doesn’t look easy. Some folks say it looks like fishing with a flyswatter. It looks like it would be a tangled disaster in the wrong hands.
Jung-Hoon makes it look easy, handling the delicate rod, spinning out the thin line and bait. And he actually “reels” in some good-sized river carp, working the fish and spinning the pole.
Jung-Hoon says the technique allows him to feel the strength of the fish through the line, into his hand.
He also says the method, handed down generation to generation, enlivens the spirit. It allows anglers to develop an appreciation for “art and beauty in its truest form.”
It would definitely be an exciting challenge.