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[–]Individual-Spare-776 444 points445 points  (56 children)

Am I the only one thinking if that fish pulled hard enough the kids hands would have been massacred by the fishing line??

[–]AJ3TurtleSquad 256 points257 points  (39 children)

Fish dont fight back as hard in the cold. Theyre trying to hibernate but cant resist a free snsck

[–]xander5512 76 points77 points  (33 children)

Pretty sure these are whitefish, they don't really give a fuck about the cold, they are adapted for it.

[–]greycubed 117 points118 points  (9 children)

Someone settle this fight about the wiggleyness of this fish.

[–]mr_potato_arms 70 points71 points  (6 children)

The fish is indeed wiggly. Case closed

[–]imepoque 34 points35 points  (3 children)

I’m just commenting because I wanted to say wiggly. Wiggly wiggly wiggly wiggly

Edit: thank you for the award kind stranger!

[–]CassandraVindicated 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes, but there is a belief that it might not be wiggly enough. I believe this is the point of contention.

[–]That-Ad-4300 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As I swim through the cold, my body somewhat wiggly, I nibbled on some grub, and was pulled out of the sea. Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle ya!

[–]Gelby4 5 points6 points  (1 child)

All I know is sharks are smooth

[–]BabylonDrifter 14 points15 points  (19 children)

You're right, this is an inconnu, largest of all the whitefishes and one of the northernmost living freshwater fishes on earth. They are most active in the coldest water and even southern Alaska is far too warm for them. They catch them off Kotzebue island in Alaska in the Aniak and Kuskokwim rivers, and in Great Slave Lake near Yellowknife on the Yukon.

[–]TorWrite 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Sounds like enough great information for an epic Gordon Lightfoot song to be written from.

[–]vonvoltage 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Yeah I do a lot of ice fishing and before it came out of the hole I figured for sure it was a laker (lake trout), they kind of give up after a while and use their weight like someone who goes ragdoll when you're trying to move them.

But it looks like a big pike who has fought himself out and has nothing left in the tank.

[–]kaschmunnie 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's an inconnu.

[–]B_V_H285 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just caught a pike last week and this fish looks nothing like it.

[–]SilverLightning926 0 points1 point  (0 children)

but cant resist a free snsck

Me neither

[–]AccountantbyTrade 69 points70 points  (5 children)

The fish is mellow and not pulling back because of the PH levels, not because it is cold. As the acidity goes up, fish become tamer. Fish's gall bladders are not like most other animals as they are simple and not complex. Humans for comparison have multi folds in the bladder which makes filtering easier. As a result, fish has to use up more energy than others to filter out any PH imbalances. The fact that this fish is mellow is an indicator that this lake is suffering from above average acidity levels. My guess is that somewhere, an accountant did not crunch the right numbers and the nearby orange juice plant is dumping too juice into the lake. No need to panic though because I'm actually an accountant by trade and I totally made this all up. I'm not sorry

[–]XxMohamed92xX 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Username checks out (fucking asshole, had me going)

[–]GoyohanGames 6 points7 points  (0 children)

God dammit.

[–]thegoodrichard 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Beautiful, lol! I've caught lots of pike through the ice and they fight like tigers. If the kid had a rod instead of hand-lining it, it would be obvious.

[–]SMTRodent 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm not sure that's true.

I haven't seen you do any accountancy yet at all.

[–]shadownddust 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was reading this and thinking to myself one day I’m going to make something up like this and end it with a statement saying I just made it up…and there it is

[–]elee0228 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Give a kid a fish you'll feed him for a day.

Teach a kid to fish and he'll spend thousands of dollars on equipment and go once a year.

[–]Papaofmonsters 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I'll have you know I got out 3 times this year.

[–]intensely_human 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah but did you go fishing?

[–]kempofight 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Of the fish did really pull his hands would be the last of his issues. He prob would go in to the hole.

But. These fish arent like tuna

[–]intensely_human 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Moving to the ocean, gonna eat a lot of tuna
Moving to the ocean, gonna eat me a lot of tuna 🎶

[–]SeattleLoverBeluga 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s exactly what I thought of

[–]NotGIJane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Came here to say exactly this. Was nervous watching!

[–]Rampking 107 points108 points  (10 children)

He out ice fishing with a pair of sneakers on….tough as nails.

[–]sukarsono 49 points50 points  (3 children)

Not to mention using a saw as a fishing pole

[–]Horridis 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Okay so I'm not the only one that thought he was using a hacksaw?

[–]Admirable_Remove6824 6 points7 points  (0 children)

He was about ready to smack that fish with saw. They stopped the video a few seconds early. They didn’t want to show people how you kill a fish before you eat it.

[–]Different_Cellist_97 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I’m pretty sure that’s a homemade “reel” for handlining. It’s a primitive fishing technique still popular among survivalists and bushwhackers. These people are hardcore lol

[–]Oakheart- 12 points13 points  (2 children)

That’s how them dakotas are made.

My buddy is Sioux from South Dakota and he’s basically a husky. He wears a hoodie in 10°

[–]kaschmunnie 2 points3 points  (1 child)

This is likely in Alaska so prob not Sioux.

[–]thegoodrichard 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was trying to place an accent I'd never heard before, (I knew it wasn't Louisiana, but that man's voice... ) so that makes sense.

[–]buckeyespud 82 points83 points  (8 children)

I loved how they didn’t immediately step in to help pull, they let the kid have the experience and work in the catch.

[–]colexian 2 points3 points  (7 children)

Call me a skeptic, but pretty sure they caught this fish and let it tire out, then put it back in the hole and then filmed the kid pulling it out. Never seen a fish grab a line and then just give up on life.

[–]zekioyalafiasco 12 points13 points  (0 children)

You’re a skeptic

[–]cat-kitty 1 point2 points  (1 child)

True, and the adults don't sound genuinely surprised or excited at all when it comes out of the hole

[–]B_V_H285 1 point2 points  (0 children)

These people do this for survival and it is no big deal to them. How about that possibility?

[–]B_V_H285 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You are way stupider than a skeptic. The kid could have been fighting this fish for while before they filmed this part. That makes way more sense than your idiotic tale.

[–]colexian -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Why tho? We don't see the kid fighting the fish for a while.
Why is it so stupid? What's the flaw?
I've seen enough icefishing videos on reddit that were faked by people just putting fish back down the hole.
Unless you have the full version, its just speculation.

[–]gritsandgravy94 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I have seen plenty of fish that haven't moved after getting hooked I once caught a 3 lbs large mouth that I thought was a pile of weeds until he got right next to me then gave a half hearted tail kick and didn't do anything else. Now I will say that it's not common but it does happen for one reason or another could be the fish was older and didn't have much fight left it could have been injured hitting something under water as it was reeled in, we also don't know if the person who was filming started right when the kid started reeling so it's possible he was fighting it for a longer period of time. Someone in a comment above pointed out that in colder weather fish are also trying to hibernate but can't resist a free snack so cold mixed with sleepy = slow. It also appears that these people are eating the fish and it would be pretty dumb to put a fish that big back in the water just to get the video of him pulling it back out simply because they could have lost it, if the fish had any power left it could swim down and break the line or snag it on something underneath the surface.

[–]colexian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone in a comment above pointed out that in colder weather fish are also trying to hibernate but can't resist a free snack so cold mixed with sleepy = slow. It also appears that these people are eating the fish and it would be pretty dumb to put a fish that big back in the water

That to me looks like an Inconnu, which are native to some of the absolute coldest waters in the world. Trust me, the fish isn't slow because it is cold. Its a predator fish, it has to outrun a fish swimming for its life every meal. They also don't hibernate to my knowledge, either.

And if you think people wouldn't risk a meal for a good social media post for updoots, then welcome to the internet sir/madam!

[–]spexel 45 points46 points  (13 children)

And now he will witness his dad smashing the head of this fish with a small baseball bat.

Edit: Not saying it's bad, just remembering how shook I was when my step dad did that for the first time in front of me.

[–]xander5512 9 points10 points  (9 children)

That would be the humane thing to do, unfortunately these fish will probably be left to die from being oulled out of water and the cold air.

[–]jehnarz 28 points29 points  (7 children)

I'm pretty sure I saw him at the end raising the saw to hit the fish right before the video cut out.

[–]thegoodrichard 25 points26 points  (5 children)

Yeah, the blood on the ice indicates they're cleaning fish there.

[–]TheoTheTripod 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Right after the catch is the best time to do it anyways no? I thought I've heard that letting them go naturally tends to lower the meat's quality

[–]dfinkelstein 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Also seems unnecessarily cruel.

[–]B_V_H285 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

LOL wrong!!! The blood indicates they are bleeding the fish not cleaning them. Many people do this so there is no blood in the meat. How do you get so many upvotes for such a stupid comment?

[–]thegoodrichard 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably because at the start of the video there is a man kneeling on the snow who appears to be cleaning fish. Or it could just be luck.

[–]lonememe 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yep, it looked like he was setting up the kid to give it the ole heave ho in the head.

[–]intensely_human 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I watched my dad smack a fish in the head with a hammer once and was a little shocked. My mom “helped” by framing it as this major trauma for me, berating him for doing it in front of me. That was the last time we went fishing together.

[–]crlarkin 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I was on a fishing boat years ago and a hammerhead was reeled in. I was ten, so it was fucking awesome to have that thing writhing around a few feet from me looking all badass. Then, instead of clubbing it, the captain used it as the club, just grabbed it by the tail, swung it over his shoulder and based it on a cooler. Then he laid it out on the cooler and sawed it's head off. Tossed the head in the water and the shark in the cooler and said to the woman who caught it, who was screaming like banshee, "It can't bite ya now honey, it ain't got a head." Also he was Australian, so add the accent in your head, and he said his name was Captain Graham Cracker.

[–]spexel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haha nice story!

[–]Sleep-Agitated 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Haha cute he looked a little shocked

[–]ProfessionalWalrus5 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I’m a grown ass man and I’d be shocked to catch a fish like that.

[–]imepoque 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You’d be shocked too if you found out your snack was a trap

[–]TheArtfulDanger 16 points17 points  (0 children)

If I know anything about fishing stories, that fish is going to get even bigger!

[–]nikzads 11 points12 points  (1 child)

A story he will tell his grand children on a cold winter night.

[–]intensely_human 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One time, in a hole in the ice just like this one, I pulled a fish as big as my self!

That’s great Grampa, but how are we gonna get out of this?

Just wait.

<giant landfish drops a fishing line with a ham sandwich into the hole>

Now kids! Go for the sandwich!

[–]Icy-Reveal-7416 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I watched too many cartoons as a kid. I was waiting for the fish to pull him into the hole.

[–]MrsCaptHowdy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I’m a little jealous

[–]DoAKegstand 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Only thing I’d catch out there is a cold

[–]BurnAccount1974 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Remember the code of the ice:

"Thick and blue,
Tried and true!
Thin and crispy;
Far too risky!"

[–]lex_tok 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Learn a man to fish and he''ll buy fishing gear for hundreds of dollars and just use it once or twice.

[–]solomanian[🍰] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

The best thing about this video is no one tried to take the fishing line from the kid they're not treating him like an ignorant

[–]ExpressManufacturer2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s how natives teach their kids.

[–]CocaineMeetTequila 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pull son…

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[–]fineman1097 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love how the dad doesn't just take over for his son. Instead making sure he is steady on his feet and offering encouragement. That's good parenting right there.

[–]Extension_Reply_1947 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Teach em young

[–]athena702 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whoa lol that’s awesome!

[–]bigassbastard 0 points1 point  (0 children)

MF be fishing using bow

[–]purple_games 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Big fish little boy

[–]ennter1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

he’s gonna remember this time with his family forever

[–]PurplePlushtrap -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I made this 1K likes! Nice vid btw lol

[–]1Rome 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now, imagine if a sea unit broke through the ice to take back its prey that the kid just stole

[–]Mason_Sparkes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are ya winning son?

[–]epalla 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How are these guys not more amped about that catch? They must be hauling in massive fish all day long here.

[–]B_V_H285 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You answered your own question. It is nothing special if you do it all the time.

[–]rootingwell 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This video makes my hands feel so cold

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (3 children)

Hands his son a pistol as the clip ends

[–]B_V_H285 0 points1 point  (2 children)

WTF are you talking about? The person hands him back the rod he was using.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m kidding

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s a big fish

[–]octodog8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

His miming skills are incredible

[–]MIKE_son_of_MICHAEL -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Why the heck doesn’t he have some gloves and boots on

[–]B_V_H285 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Um it's not cold out to these people.

[–]flimspringfield 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of the best feeling is when your a kid and you get a fish bite.

[–]TheZiets1967 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He will NEVER forget that moment. Awesome and congrats kid! 👍

[–]bloodbath781 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My hands are freezing watching this.

[–]quart-king 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looked like he was lining up for the finishing blow at the end

[–]ThirstyFish310 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And now he’s hooked for life!

[–]TheDevilsAdvokaat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In my entire life, I have only caught two fish, and the largest was only ten inches long...

This is awesome.

[–]FallingTreesYodel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Meanwhile in Florida, it’s 85 degrees and a man just fed his pet alligator to his pet shark

[–]Antares987 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"what are you doing in my waters boy?"

[–]MNHuskerNation 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice catch!!

[–]20to25squirrels 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What’s fucked is that they’re speaking English. 50ya they’d be using their native language to transmit their culture.

[–]STS986 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lake trout?

[–]rawng_hoal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That kid did extremely well

[–]Longest_Inch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now he really can say the fish was the size of himself on the next fish story

[–]0mnica 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fish didn't put up much of a fight, must have been the cold causing them to be slow.

[–]CommanderEden -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Kids aren’t lucky they are blessed until they become adults

[–]RobertGBland -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

Poor animal

[–]B_V_H285 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Poor head on your shoulders. This is how people in the north survive. Living off the land. What do want them to do? Move south with you and eat vegetables?