This past weekend in Silencio, a small local town where my in-laws live, it was a beautiful clear sunny morning on Saturday so we decided to take the kids to splash around in the river. There happened to be an excavator digging a trench to re-direct the river because it was beginning to erode one of the banks near the road. We went for a swim with the kids and watched as the huge machine did its work. When we were just about ready to go the excavator headed upstream and at that moment dug out the temporary dam it had made and the river instantly changed course. Well, talk about being in the right place at the right time. A large section of about 200 feet of the river dried up and created small pools everywhere with river shrimp and fish splashing around. I grabbed a bag from the car and we got all the shrimp and few large fish we could find; literally fishing with our hands! After bringing the catch back to the house we cleaned it up and prepared some fresh fish for lunch and saved the shrimp for lunch the next day.
The fish was really tasty and river shrimp are like craw fish, but taste like lobster here! Fun experience for us and the kids; as it is not every day you get to fish with your hands!