Fishing is an important part in the everyday life of people outside big cities. Fish is a main protein source for most, usually caught in ponds and rivers. With our host in Siem Reap you can learn how to throw a traditional Cambodian fishing net – even without the need of actually catching some.
The net is usually thrown into the water, with a diameter of 2-3 meters. It has weights on its edge and will immediately sink into the water. S quick pull will then close it and trap the fish. It takes even experienced fishermen many attempts until they make a catch. This practice is also seen at the Tonle Sap lake, the main freshwater fish source in Cambodia and the biggest freshwater lake in Asia
Most fish species found in the locals ponds and rivers are snakehead fish, catfish and barbs. Quite famous is the giant barb – it can be up to 1,80 meters long with a weight of 150 kg.