New York City is known for a lot of things but fishing is not one of them. Even still, there’s some holes in the Big Apple that are just as good as any other.
Eliel Santos fishes in the grates throughout New York City for money, jewelry, and anything else of value. For the last eight years, he’s found his fishing expedition to be quite lucrative, according to the New York Post. Just last week his haul consisted of “a green iPod Nano in Times Square, a fake gold necklace, and a pocket full of change along Broadway between 23rd and 47th streets.”
But not only does he reap the benefit of making a living for himself from his expeditions, he has plenty of stories about the people he’s helped with his sure fire fishing gear composed of dental floss and mouse trap glue. One man lost his wedding ring and he was able to snag it for him.
“This one here, I helped a guy get back his wedding ring,” he says in Times Square. “He was worried he was going to get in trouble — he was almost crying.”
While one man was looking for a locksmith, he was able to fish his keys out of the grate for him and he gave him $50 for his trouble. So not only does he make a living fishing, but he also does a service for the community.
Meet Santos here and read more about his story.