• Catching fish in the sewers

    by  • December 17, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A teenager claims to have invented a new sport: sewer fishing. Kyle Naegeli of Texas appears on a Youtube video catching catfish and bluegills from the storm drain next to his house. He claims that all you need is some line, bait and patience. He is shown dropping the bait down the sewer, then setting up a primitive indicator system to show when a fish has taken. and he lands a catfish that looks to be about 1lb 8oz. Another video shows him catching bluegills on a sabiki rig and an ice-fishing rod, while peering through the drain cover’s holes. Not great sport maybe, but good to see him showing some initiative. In fact, it’s not just “sport” in Texas, it seems. Another Youtube video here shows a Vietnamese angler fishing with a very primitive rod and hand reel in a storm drain, with the sound of traffic whizzing past him while he commentates (in Vietnamese) on what he’s doing. Unfortunately, the video does not actually show him catching anything, but he’s clearly a patient man… Clearly, it’s a branch of fishing that’s only a sport for the very hungry.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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