If you are quiet and still fishing with ones hands is possible. I took a Lady with me into the bush and walked along a waterway and asked her if she has ever fished. No was the answer as she stated she was a city girl born and bread.
I will show you how it is done and explained the art of fishing being still and calm was the secret to it. I'll give it a go she placed her hands into the water very slowly and slowly moved in on a small brim gently caressed the fish and lifted it from the water all on a first ever attempt. I was impressed. Two more fish were lifted from the water and were released. I must admit that she is one very special lady.