It’s well known that commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in U.S., but worldwide, there are forms of fishing that may be even more dangerous. Like fishing with a net from rocks above the raging Mekong River in Laos. The Mekong runs through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia before entering a complex delta system in Vietnam and then draining into the South China Sea. The rapids are very strong in many places on the Mekong, and fish get trapped waiting to make their way up the rapids. These locations are the perfect place for fisherman like Sam Niang to take his fishing net. Niang is a Laotian fisherman with a family of seven who risks his life fishing the Mekong everyday in order to feed his family. During the monsoon, the Mekong swells to 20 times its normal volume. This volume swell brings more fish, but it makes them more dangerous to catch.
When Niang isn’t catching anything closer to his home, he does have another, possibly more productive fishing option. But that second option brings additional danger. There is an island out in the middle of the rapids, but to get to it, he has to tightrope walk across a small rope bridge above the Mekong’s raging waters. During the monsoon, these waters have twice the flow of Niagara falls, more than 11 million liters per second. Any slip on Niang’s part would prove fatal. See more of Niang’s daily fishing adventure below. This isn’t exactly fly fishing for tarpon or bass fishing with a topwater bait, is it? If you like the video, share it.
Also watch this highlight reel of 120 fish caught in one day of fishing.