You have probably seen many times how amateur fishermen catch fish. Today we will show you real professionals. Welcome to Astrakhan, a paradise for any fisherman.
Professional fisherman can be divided into 2 types: those who catch fish with seines and with traps. Both technologies are different from each other thus the results are also different.
The first type of fishermen casts a huge seine.
To pull it out of the water they use a a winch.
The whole construction looks like this – a boat with a winch and a pontoon from which a net is thrown into the water.
A catch can be different. This time it was very small.
These are the biggest fish caught that day.
And this is all that 11 strong men could catch at a time. Given that they cast a net only 5-6 times a day it doesn’t quite impress…
Another fishermen team was much luckier than the previous one.
The fishermen sit on a pontoon with a net…
And spend their time repairing it.
This “shuttle” is used for darning ruptured cells.
The second type of fishermen are those who use traps. It is a net-like tube which consists of several sections. It has a narrow opening through which a fish comes in. Once it is inside it can’t find its way back.
All the caught fish are kept in such boats.
They have special small openings at the bottom. It lets water fill the boat so that fish stayed alive.
With the help of landing nets fishermen take the fish out of the boat and put them into the boxes.
Then they are sorted into three types – small, medium and large, weighed and dumped into the relevant sections of the boat.
Now attention, please. The price at which local fishermen sell their fish. Compare with the price in a store:
Rudd / Perch – 5 rubles per kilo (about $0.15)
Lin / Crucian carp – 6 rubles ($o.2)
Bream / Asp – 9 rubles ($0.3)
Catfish – 12 rubles ($0.4)
Carp – 18 rubles ($0.6)
Pike without eggs – 19 rubles ($0.63)
Pike with eggs – 22 rubles ($o.73)
Roach – 25 rubles ($0.83)
Big catfish (bigger than 12 kg) – 35 rubles ($1.16)
But professionals are not the only ones who net fish. The local population often uses cheap Chinese disposable nets which are sold everywhere in stores.
But don’t judge them. Looking at this man’s face it seems that poaching is the only way for him to feed his family…