When my dad sets out to do it what he’ll do is find a stream and walk along the banks but a good 10 feet back watching for fish. When he sees a fish he’ll go down stream a bit and then crawl up the bank slowly and quietly. When he draws just behind the fish he’ll put his hand in the water and ever so slowly work his hand up under the fish, tickling its belly as he goes. Once he gets up to the front he slips his finger into its gills and pops it out of the crick onto the bank. He makes it look easy. You can then dump the fish back into the crick.
edit: that sounds dirtier than I intended, but I still like it as a cliche.
why? i mean i understand when for example explosives or highly maiming (while not very efficient at actually catching) types of hooks, spears, etc. are banned, or nets. What is wrong with tickling?
Fishing rights in the UK are very strictly protected. The are many places where the public can walk along a river but are not allowed to fish.
England (except the River Tweed)
the Border Esk region of Scotland
You must always carry your rod fishing licence when you’re fishing or you could be prosecuted.”
That licence is for fishing with a rod or line, might tickling still be legal?
Using a snare is possible too I am told. Like tickling, but you slide the snare over from the tail end up to the gills.
There are lots of 'poachers tale' type stories like this inn the UK.
The money is used to protect the rivers and water bodies from foreign predators and pollution, so that those families can rely on this source of food for decades to come
The farm owner taught us to tickle and the trout we took home were always caught that way by us.
It was a lot easier than tickling in a trout stream, they were in ponds, but fun for pre-teen children nonetheless.
(Gasps) "hunny, it's the middle of the afternoon!"
The one that I find nutty is noodling for catfish. That's one of those cases where you wonder who was the first to decide that was a good idea.
Wait, what do u know, a bunch of videos of trout ticklers on YouTube. Thx internet.