Catching Fish With Hands
Catching fish with hands instead of rod and reel is an exhilarating experience. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman looking for new challenges or just someone who wants to give it a try, there are a few things you need to know to make your hand-fishing attempt successful.
- shady bank
- Stay on shore. Jumping into the water might seem like the right thing to do, but you’ll have more luck keeping your feet dry. Instead, find a shady spot on the bank, lie down and sink your arm up to your bicep.
- Have patience. Fishing bare handed is a lot like regular fishing in that there is a lot of waiting involved. Get comfy. It’s going to be awhile.
- Waiting for your body to acclimate. Another reason patience is required is that fish can tell that your arm is a foreign object up until your arm matches the temperature of the water. In a relatively chilly pool, acclimating your hands will take about fifteen minutes.
- Tricking the fish. Once your arm matches the water temperature, the fish won’t notice your hands. That might seem like a good thing, but remember that while you don’t want to appear human, you do want to lure the fish in. Wiggle your index finger like a worm to entice your prey.
- Make it quick. After all your waiting, you need to pounce as quickly as possible. To make sure you get a good grip, aim your fingers at the gills. If you can get your fingers under the gills, you’ll have a good enough grip to haul your meal out of the water.