FOR PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF MAINE, SMELT ARE THESE LITTLE FISH THAT, AT THEIR BIGGEST, RUN THE LENGTH OF YOUR HAND AND ARE MAYBE A QUARTER OF THE WIDTH.

They’re like sardines. Sort of. Don't say that to a Mainer, though…

Smelting is a form of ice fishing, it involves monitoring a fishing line that dangles into an icy slot in a river, while sitting in a shack, eating, drinking and bullshitting all day. Any smelt caught are icing on the cake.