Angling Encouraged in DPRK

Pyongyang, March 31 (KCNA) — Angling becomes brisk in the large and small rivers, lakes and reservoirs in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with the beginning of spring.

Angling has a long history in Korea.

It, along with agriculture, collection of edible plants and hunting, was a mainstay for the Korean people from the Neolithic era.

People in the era used a fishing hook similar to the present one.
The hook had an eye to tie up line and the point with a barb was sharpened.
There was anchor-shaped fishing hook, too.

The materials of hooks were animal bones or teeth. The sizes of hooks were 3 centimeters or 5-8 centimeters.

There are big and small fishing hooks and fish bones of Myongthae (pollack), codfish, herring, gray mullet and mackerel among the remains of the Neolithic era. They show that the then people angled for various kinds of fishes, big and small, in rivers and seas.
Many angling places have come into being in different parts of the country and rivers and reservoirs are teeming with fishes. Angling fans are growing in number day by day and national angling contests are organized every year. All this is ascribable to the government’s policy of encouraging the angling custom with a long history.

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