While this may looking like nothing more than a definitive example of stupidity, it is actually a practice that is quite common throughout the world. In many places, they’ll opt out of the grenade box and just go for dynamite. Whatever the explosive, it works. If it doesn’t actually kill the fish, it will stun many of them, allowing for a much easier catch.
In this episode, there are spotters, who have a nice angle on the glare off the water, and who can sight fish a little easier as they scoot around in small schools. What you have to understand…in Russia, they don’t throw anything back. Any fish, any size, will go well in some soup. And those fish are just thrown in.
Is this manner of fishing stupid? In addition to being ecologically catastrophic…? Well. Let’s have a look at the video evidence.
Perhaps the best part of all of it–the reaction after the explosion. These dudes get up as if this is nothing out of the ordinary. Regardless of the fact that their boat is significantly damaged. It’s also an excellent example of the explosive power of grenades. So. If you want to fish. Buy a rod and reel. Swim around with a spear. Slap the shallow water with a paddle. Don’t use grenades.