Automatic Line Fishing in River Volga, Russia (1861)

automatic line fishing

To fish for the white sheatfish in winter on the River Volga, a fishing hook was fastened to the end of a long lever by means of a short line. The lever rested with its centre on a block and had a counterweight on the other end. The gear was so arranged that the lever arm carrying the fish hook was pulled downwards and fastened to a support frozen in the ice. If the fish took the hook, it released the support by its movements and was then tossed by the counterweight onto the ice.

Quoted from “Fish Catching Methods of the World“, Otto Gabriel, 2005. Excerpts.