Well, it looks like squirrel fishing is back in the news. I first wrote about it way back in 2004 on Lew Rockwell:
When Mr. Squirrel comes near the peanut, you start pulling the peanut towards yourself. Squirrels are not too smart and they will usually run after the peanut and grab hold. Once they grab it, you just reel them in!
The first one to "catch" a squirrel by lifting him off the ground is the winner!
Now, I have found this great video that verifies what I wrote about. It is pretty hilarious. As Weird News Asia reports:
Ever since 1997, Japanese men, women, and children have been fishing for squirrels as a fun and harmless pastime.[...]
The goal of squirrel fishing is to lift a squirrel into the air using only a fishing pole with a nut tied to a string as bait. The fishing pole can either be a real fishing pole, or simply a long stick tied to a rope. Either way, the pole is cast in front of a hungry squirrel in the hope that he will jump for it and latch on, allowing the fisherman or fisherwoman to raise the furry little critter off the ground and into the air.
Keywords. squirrel, fishing, Marketing Japan, Mike in Tokyo Rogers, Mike Rogers