Episode 46: Spear Fishing!

Here in the Land of 10,000 lakes, fishing is culture, food, religion, job, escape, and love. Truthfully, I probably could have done 46 episodes on fishing alone.  I’m sure you are thankful that I haven’t — in fact there have been 5 episodes about fishing, and they may be the 5 least watched episodes in the entire series. We’ve done fishing on Lake Superior, at a trout farm, with Native Americans, with fishing pros and even Fly Fishing.  Whether you watched all of those, or you’re in the “fishing is boring, so how could watching fishing be any better?” camp, this week’s video is not about sitting around waiting for a fish to bite, it’s about killing them with a F#$%ing Spear!!!
  • bubba29

    "The Perennial Plate is an online weekly documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating." As you said, in Minnesota and many other parts of the world for that matter, fishing is a very real way of obtaining healthy, real food. I love your fishing episodes. Don't listen to the haters, keep them coming.

  • http://cookingupastory.com Rebecca

    Fascinating! Another excellent video, Daniel. Thanks for bringing these (almost lost) ways of hunting back to the surface. Love pickled fish, too.

  • http://www.eveats.com East Village Eats

    Great video! When I saw 'Spear Fishing', I imagined free diving & a spear gun, kinda hard in a Minnesota winter! Never seen that technique before.

  • http://makelunchnotwar.blogspot.com/ Ryan

    Daniel, came across you and your site about a week ago. Just caught up to the present. Great stuff, man. Love it. Cheers.

  • Ella

    Really interesting that this sport is still around. Very caveman-esq… I feel like this video brought us back to our roots. Dish looked amazing.

  • Rick Spearjead

    That is some good fishing. You should try to get a spear to launch off the end of a gun or something. Just dropping a spear is kind of weak.

    Photography of the dark house fish was very national geographic. Nice work. To bad I don't like anything pickled though.

  • http://www.kevinkossowan.com/ Kevin

    This episode was AWESOME. I made my wife watch it. I love the light in the dark house, loved the action, and am so pleased you made a pickle with the fish – I've done that a few times and it is really, really nice. Underrated. Man. I want to spear-fish.

    Also enjoyed the chickens enjoying the fish…

  • http://aconsciousomnivore.blogspot.com/ Justin McKeel

    This episode made me think of the scene in 'Nanook of The North" where he is spear fishing – found it on youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfUog95BVKg

    It's around the second half of the video, a great ethnographic view of aboriginal fishing in the north.

  • Sean via CLE

    Hey Daniel I got linked to your site through the Huffington Post food page and have just been working my way through all these episodes and enjoying the shit out of them. I raised my first pig this past year and the fulfillment from taking responsibility for a life like that is pretty amazing. Im glad I checked out your mission and really dig its direction.

    Spear fishing by the way is the most primal form of bad-ass. Good stuff man.

  • Echiles

    Hey Daniel, great site! Loved the duck 5 ways! I am a hunter and a fisherman as well as a restaurant owner. What did you do with the roe? and why didn’t you pan sautee or cook a filet?

    • Anonymous

      Hey Echiles, we did sautee some, just not for the video. Actually, I made caviar with the roe, but then spilled it all over the floor!! was very sad. Glad you are enjoying~

  • Kelly B

    Daniel- I love your mission and admire you so much for doing what you are doing! I’m originally from Northern MN (on the Iron Range) so spearing and ice fishing is home to me. :) Thanks for making these episodes and opening everyone’s eyes to sustainable eating and living. Can’t wait to see you go on the road! You have the best job ever.

  • Gomezsusana

    hola, soy argentina y tuve la oportunidad de ver sus videos, me parecio muy bueno una manera de educarnos. desde el pais más austral del mundo les deseo exitos-

    PD: por cierto cuando esten en la argentina call me

  • Sheila Z

    I just found your videos yesterday and have watched them all now. Enjoyed everyone, especially the fishing ones. Local food is the best!

  • Guest

    Oranges in Minnesota?