Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

You probably didn’t know but Russian fishermen catch crabs during winter too. The process is pretty simple – just go to the ice covered sea surface, make a hole and put a string with a bait. After a short while crabs start arriving and you can just pull them out. Then you can freshly cook it. This is sort of Russian Northern people barbecue – but you don’t need to take meats with you, just catch it. Let’s take a look:

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

This is how it looks from the air – a village and a frozen sea.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Here is a sign: “Attention: Strictly prohibited to drive on ice”.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

But it doesn’t stop anyone from proceeding. It’s funny but many fishermen go to get their crabs on a local taxi.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Typical Chukotka landscape with an Eskimo igloo. Chukotka is bordering Alaska so no wonder.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

After you arrived you got get a little walk on foot too.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Big holes in ice are called “mines”.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

The holes were made yesterday and a crab catching boxes were immersed in water, so just need to break fresh ice that appeared overnight.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Around 20 cm of ice appeared overnight. It being shoveled off.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

This is a crab trap. They get inside easily but can’t later escape.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Inside there is a Pamper’s box filled with rotten fish. This smell attracts crabs.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Not many crabs got inside overnight, also some kind of a clam and a sea urchin.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Looks like she sees an urchin for her time in her life.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

So the fishermen were unsatisfied with their catch and decided to start catching more using different method.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

So they make new holes.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

And put another type of crab trap into the water.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

It’s sort of a net with a rotten fish inside.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

They put it inside and down to 25 meter deep.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

While they are waiting they prepare a bbq table.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

And a gas boiler/grill.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Men also decide to eat some local food.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

So they take local delicacy: a whale skin with some fat on it, they call it “mantak”.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

And eat it with some vodka.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Then some time passed and now they have to pull the nets out. Because this net doesn’t have borders they have to pull it very fast – by running away from the hole and pulling the rope. This lady does it now.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

And this is what was their catch.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Not bad.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Now it’s lunch time. Boiling the crabs.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

And waiting while they become red. Best way to cook crabs is while they are alive.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Here is it fully cooked.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

They eat not only claws, like a lobster, but also open the shell of the crab. Sergei, the blogger, says its very tasty.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Then some speedy rides on a snowmobiles around the frozen sea.

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

Winter Oceanic Crabs Fishing in Chukotka Russia

And a taxi brings them back home. That was a typical Chukotka day off.

Thanks to Sergei for his photos. His website is below:

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