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…