Squirrel fishing

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This squirrel is just about to catch the peanut.
A squirrel being successfully lifted

Squirrel fishing is the sporting practice of "catching" squirrels and attempting to lift them into the air using a nut (preferably a peanut) tied to a string or fishing line, and optionally some kind of fishing pole.[1]

There has been some debate over where modern squirrel fishing originated. The practice was popularized by Nicholas Middleton and Zmira Zilkha, during their summers at Middlebury College Italian Language School, Nikolas Gloy and Yasuhiro Endo, at the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University,[2] and by the Berkeley Squirrel Fisher's Club (BSF), an official student group at the University of California, Berkeley, that has been featured in the campus newspaper.[3] The University of Cincinnati also has a Squirrel Fishing Club at their Clermont College Campus, which was founded in 2010.[citation needed]

Squirrel fishing occurred at least as early as 1889 in the United States.[4]


  1. ^ A noble line: Reel squirrel fishing in as Club sport - Commentary
  2. ^ Techtv: Leo Laportes 2003 Technology Almanac, Leo (2006). Techtv: Leo Laportes 2003 Technology Almanac. Pearson Education. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-7897-2847-0. 
  3. ^ Nutty Goodness — The Daily Californian
  4. ^ The Pullman Herald

External links[edit]

Video of child Squirrel Fishing

Squirrel Fishing Instructions