The fishing rules allow the use of fly rods, float rods, nodding rods and bottom rods of all systems. Then there are spinning rods, boat rods, track rods, mugs, jigs, stakes, pots and so on. But all these tools have restrictions: no more than 5 hooks per fisherman. And what if you try to catch a trophy without a hook at all? We are talking about the oldest way of fishing – with bare hands, which, by the way, is also allowed by the rules.

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Fish can be caught with bare hands in any body of water, but the best option – the river. But it is not necessary to rush into the water for prey. Take a leisurely walk along the shore, noticing the “special place. The problem is that the river fish, with few exceptions, does not appear on the surface, preferring to idle in the grass, but also under the steep, clogged banks among a cluster of stones near sunken trees and so on.

If you saw a tree hanging over the water with roots exposed by the current and departing into the depths, do not hesitate – there will certainly meet one or another underwater inhabitant. By the way, among such trees, of particular interest to give willow. The roots of this tree in the overwet environment rapidly grow, creating a real thicket. But under them in the coastal area will certainly reveal a broad hollow, in which place prefer to “apartments” for a variety of fish.

Under the roots of alder is most likely to meet the roach and perch. Of course, the handles will need to dip very thoroughly. And under the sunken trunks of pine and spruce can “find” not only roach and bass, but also burbot, tench. It should be borne in mind that the broken branches of conifers can seriously scratch his limbs.

Optimal time for hand fishing – from 14:00 to 17:00. The closer to evening, the more active and agile it becomes


Each, including the smallest and unsophisticated fish at the sight of approaching her hands will try to escape. For this reason it is necessary to be “invisible”. The correct method – to agitate the water. In this case, this should be done more downstream from the place in which you want to fish. The more rapid the flow, the further to raise a cloud of mud. It is possible to perform this with your hands or feet, but you can use a small pole. By all means muddy water, getting into the respiratory system of fish, disorienting it and partially paralyzes, forcing to get deeper into the shelter, where it can become the easiest prey for the fisherman.


To “visit” the fish, you need to immerse your hands slowly and smoothly, wiggling your fingertips. Once they feel something slippery, resilient and alive, try to catch the prey or at least press it with your palms to the bottom or the wall of the “house”. If the fish is small, it’s best to intercept it with two hands by the tail and head, bending like a horseshoe. This way it will not be able to slip out of your hands while pulling it out.

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If you got a big fish, it is advisable to catch it with your fingers at the gills. But you have to remember that with some species of fish (pike, for example) it’s possible to cut your fingers on the sharp spines under their gill-covers. By the way, if the fish caught is big and twitchy, you can try to guide it headfirst into the silt – it will become helpless.