It’s a sunny day, oxygen in the water increases and the fish crowd together. A 2000-meter fishnet quickly sinks to the bottom. At such a low temperature, the fish keep still. But a failure in locating the fish may bring a bad luck streak that could last for days. The fishermen are working in silence. Anxiety and nervousness shroud the lake. The thick clothes make people move slowly evenwhen doing simple work. The chief fisherman cares most about his accuracy of judgement because it concerns his reputation and pride.
“I have been engaged inthis since I was fifteen years old.” 77-year-old Shi Baozhu is experienced and actually rather famous in this area. “I’m 77 years old. How many years do youthink I have been doing this?” I have never stopped this work or left the wateror the fish. That’s enough for today. I have work to do at the frozen lake.”