There’s a difference between fishing and catching, but if you can catch fish like these guys, you may not need an ice fishing pole anymore.
Here’s a place where it seems possible to reach in the water at will and bring out fish after fish with just your fingers and a good grip.
Watch a couple of guys fill the stringer wearing a t-shirt, a glove, and a hole in the ice that’s just big enough to get their hand in.
One commenter said that this is a place in Turkey called the Çoruh River. They also mentioned that its possible the fish were caught under the water before it froze over, making for perfect ice fishing conditions.
Wherever it is, there’s fish hanging around that don’t look too hard to catch, but until I get there and try it for myself, I’m not saying a word! They may be some kind of carp, but they look like every sucker that I ever saw.
In any event, these hardy guys will probably be having a feast of these fish and maybe selling the rest at market.