Can You Catch a Fish By Tickling It?

One of the oldest and strangest ways of fishing is still used today by the Maori tribe of New Zealand.

The fishermen wade out into the clear waters of streams or lakes, making sure that they move quietly so the water doesn’t ripple. The fish in these waters dart in and out of rocks or clumps of coral, and sometimes hide there for quick naps.

The fishermen sneak up behind the fish, reach down, and tickle the fish’s sides. As the fish tries to wriggle away, the fisherman grabs it with his bare hands and holds tightly to his slippery supper.

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2 thoughts on “Can You Catch a Fish By Tickling It?”

  1. Interesting. I can tickle fish, but I never eat them. Cannot stand to even see someone clean a fish. My fish Elvis taught me how to tickle fish. He ate everything, and I do mean everything in his tank. He got so big I didn’t have a net to fit him, so had to tickle him to change the water in the tank. He lived 11 years, and was just a common carnival goldfish..Alas Elvis, the King of Fish, we miss you.

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