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Smelt Festival

Smelt Festival

The apotheosis of winter smelt fishing is, of course, Korfest. Created in the early 1990s solely as a fishing holiday, in the 2010s it became a mega-popular show, which, as it happens, pushed the very idea of ​​fishing to the background. But in the XNUMXs, due to the economic problems in Chukotka, the grandeur of Korfest as a festivities faded away, and now it is again a sports fishing festival 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 Corfest. The winners' catch serves as the basis for such thoughts - it is rarely more than two fish. Sometimes one, but for several years there was no winner at all. The most unhappy person in Anadyr is the person who took second place at the Corfest. Where are the "Olympic losers". The winner with an equal number of fish is determined using the scales. 5-8 grams can separate a winner from a silver medalist and, accordingly, from a 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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