Angling success

Early, early in the morning, you get up to check the nets. Part of the day’s catch will be prepared for breakfast. Then a fire is lit in the goahte tent and the fish is smoked, hour by hour. While the fire is burning, you can take the opportunity to bake gáhkko and eat it with the newly smoked fish. It is not especially unusual to eat fish for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the summer.

Fish has always been important here. Fish is both something to eat and a source of income. In the same way as many families have migrated with the reindeer, some have moved with the fish. They have lived where the fish were more abundant.

When you fish you take only what you need. If you catch more fish than you can eat, you share it with others. Perhaps it is that which gives angling success.

“Grandmother always collected the fish innards and put them in a metal bucket. Then she rode out with them and tipped everything out in the lake at the same place as she had emptied the nets. It was not okay to leave it among the stones on the shore. Everything was to be collected up. I don’t know whether it was to keep everything neat and tidy or to give it back.”

 Woman from Laponia