I’ve been lucky enough to spend a few months living in Vietnam this year, visiting my partner who has a 12 month contract in Hanoi. In my spare time, which is most of the time she is at work, I’ve taken to trying to work out how the locals catch fish. Vietnam has a strong fishing culture and there are freshwater rivers and lakes everywhere! It’s been a fascinating experience – here’s just a snapshot.
The array of boats cruising up and down the lakes means there is never a dull moment for the casual observer. The foot-row boat is probably my favourite as it looks really comfortable. Hobie take note.
“Waste not, want not” is probably the best phrase to describe the Vietnamese approach to cooking fish.
Judging by the next two or three photos, much of the freshwater is fairly low in oxygen.
So there you have it, a tiny glimpse into the world of Vietnamese fishing. I’ve concluded there’s not much “sport” in it from a western viewpoint, the gear is stout and durable. But it is relatively cheap and often home made. The techniques employed are incredibly effective, catching the maximum number of fish in the shortest time. It’s certainly made me think about the way I catch and cook my fish back home. If only jagging fish was legal in Australia…
Hamish Webb, Dan Firth, Graham Fifield and Lee Georgeson have been fishing the south-east Australian region since 1987. Since then they’ve become avid sportfishermen who are constantly looking for new ways to challenge themselves. They are all scientists and conservationists who are passionate about the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem in which they live. They promote understanding and appreciation of the complex socio-political, economic and environmental issues surrounding fish, fishing and fisheries, while never losing sight of the various motivations that keep them coming back. In English, that means they love all things fishing and have a damn good time on the water, and that’s all that really counts in the end!