• Robert Kovar

The Fishermen from Inle Lake / Myanmar

Jan 2019

The Fishermen of Inle Lake & their Remarkable Fishing Technique -

Aside from the scenic spot, INLE LAKE is also known for a traditional form of fishing practised by the Intha fishermen. The people of the lake are called Intha. They have a unique way of catching fish in the shallow water. Those who have not seen this technique before will be surprised at how they made fishing possible without falling.

Fishermen from Inle Lake

Intha fishermen catch fish by standing on one leg on the extreme end of the boat, at the same time wrapping the other leg around the oar. These fishermen can’t use the usual fishing technique where they simply sit down or throw a net to catch fish. This is due to the number of reeds and water plants in the lake. If they sit, it is impossible to see where the fishes are. When they stand on one edge of the boat, they can have a better view of the waters. This also allows them to have the other hand free to collect the net while propelling the boat at the same time.


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