How Does Deep Hole Fishing Work
When it comes to fishing advice, most professional casters and amateur suggest using the most advanced gear possible in order to score killer catches. But that’s not always the case. In fact, if you know how to dig a hole, you can score enough fish to fill your belly – and the bellies of all of your neighbors, too – without every casting a line!
What is Deep Hole Fishing?
Deep hole fishing is an ancient form of fishing that originated in Cambodia. As the name suggests, this type of fishing involves digging a deep hole (about three feet deep and two feet around, give or take) into the ground.
Of course, the hole is dug in a wetland where fish are known to inhabit, such as a pond, a river, a lake, or even a rice field that has been flooded out (fish love to swimming in Cambodian rice fields!) The fisherman (or woman) then creates a shallow barrier between the hole and the waterline to prevent the fishing hole from being flooded out; if the hole floods out, it’s pretty much useless, as the
fish will be able to swim right out of it.
Next, the hole is filled with a shallow water, so as to avoid killing the fish that are caught before the fisher has had the chance to collect them. To conceal the hole, the top is loosely covered with foliage (leaves, grass, branches, etc).
How Does it Work?
Fish often look for cover from predators as well as shade from scorching sun. These holes, which are covered with foliage, provide the perfect spot for protection to unsuspecting fish. As they near the hole, they swim or slither on in; fish are more intelligent than we give them credit for. While the fish thinks
that it has found the perfect resting spot, unbeknownst to it, they are trapped. And voila! – You’ve got yourself a catch.
This tactic is so effective that the people of Cambodia have been using it to feed their families for centuries. It’s actually kind of mind-boggling and super impressive in real life. The holes can literally become overwrought with fish!
When the hole is no longer needed, it should be filled in.
There’s no sense in trapping fish that aren’t going to be harvested for food.
Remember one of the key rules of ethical fishing is to only take from
nature what you need.
Why You Should Give Deep Hole Fishing a Try
So, why should you try deep hole fishing? Well, for one thing, if you’re ever stranded somewhere close to water and you need to live off the land, you can just dig a deep hole and sustain yourself until you’re rescued.
Even if you aren’t stranded and you have access to a ton of gear, it’s just a pretty cool technique to try. It’s such a simple concept, and yet it’s so efficient.
The next time you head out on a fishing, camping, or hunting trip, or if you’re ever stranded, go ahead and give the super cool deep hole fishing technique a try!