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Smelt Festival

Smelt Festival

The apotheosis of winter smelt fishing, of course, is Korfest. Created at the beginning of 1990-s exclusively as a fishing holiday, in the zero years it became a megapopular show, which, as it happens, pushed the idea of ​​fishing into the background. But in the 2010-ies, due to the economic problems in Chukotka, the grandeur of Korfest as a folk festival has come to naught, and now it is again a sports fishing holiday dedicated to smelt.

The sporting competition itself lasts only an hour. A huge field on the estuary is cleared from snow to ice and divided into flag stripes into sectors. Up to 500, fishermen come every year to try their luck in this fishing lottery. In each sector - 20 fishermen. Each fisherman can take two fishing rods and drill two holes. All personal items are placed outside the perimeter of the sector. Observance of the rules closely watching the judges. The severity is justified. In pursuit of the prize (in 1990-x - flat, in 2000-x - car, in 2010-x - snowmobile) an irresponsible fisherman went for fraud and outright fraud: hooked on previously caught fish, weighed down caught fish (with snow or lead), hung over 3's laid hooks.

- Smelt on the "Korfest" is not caught;
- "Corfest" is specially arranged not in fish places;
- Blame the loud music.
Such sayings and folk signs can be heard at Korfest. The ground for such thoughts is the catch of the winners - it is rarely more than two fish. Sometimes one, and several years there was no winner at all. The most unhappy person in Anadyr is the person who has taken the second place on Korfest. Where are the "Olympic losers". Winner with an equal number of fish is determined using weights. 5-8 grams can separate the winner from the silver medalist and, accordingly, from the snowmobile, car or apartment (in different years).

After an hour-long competition, most of the fishermen move slightly further from the fishing sector. And, oh miracle! And there, it turns out, is caught! And how!

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