Srinagar, Jan. 28 -- Fishermen in Kashmir brace up for the age-old practice of shadow fishing, locally known as 'Tchaayi Gaad' in Ancar lake in the Soura vicinity of Srinagar city.

The traditional form of fishing is specifically associated with Anchar lake, where fishermen row their boats early in the morning, breaking the frozen part of the lake to catch fish with a harpoon.

The practice of shadow fishing dates back to the Dogra regime in Jammu & Kashmir during the early 20th century and is being practiced in the months of December and January, mostly when it is the peak of winter in Kashmir.

"I go fishing at 8 in the morning, and I have to row my boat through the frozen part of the lake. As the night temperature drops and the lake fr...