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Photographer's Note

Fishermen from Inle lakes seems to be a favourite spot for the photographer.

here is their fishing method.
Inle lake is 22km long from North to South and 11 km long from East to West at the widest part. The lake is about 1000 m above the sea level. On the north of the lake, there is a wide area without any houses of the village. There the water is crystal clear. You can see lake-weeds growing under the water. There are 32 kind of fish living and the most famous fish are "Phain" fish (a kind of carp) and snake headed fish. Inthar people (son of the lake) catch fish in various ways. Here you can see there is a fishing trap, made of bamboo frame and a net. It is a conical shape. On top part the net is tided with a string, which is connected to a bamboo stick. This stick is pulling the net and serve as a lock on top of the bamboo frame.

While the fisherman is rowing his boat, sitting at an end of the boat, he is looking into the crystal water, looking for air bubbles coming up from the weeds. If he see, there might be a fish and he put down his net like in the picture. He unlock the net and it drops down. Then he put his long spear into the trap and frighten the fish to run away. The fin of the fish goes into the net and so it is trapped. This way of fishing is very uneconomical. I prayed that he got a fish. The fisherman might earn more money by showing the method of fishing to the tourist.

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