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Yes!!! There is something better than a good day Fishing!!! It's called a GREAT DAY FISHING!!!

Because we have a bench of shallow ocean bottom that extends about 40 miles out of our front door, we tend to have a more unique brand of fishing than,  say the north coast of Calif.,  where we grew up...

It mainly produces a huge amount of shrimp and lobsters...not bad...but...

The most unique form of fishing involves no mechanics at all--just a  lot of muscle, about 1000 meters of sturdy line, about 500 meters of netting, some floats, and a boat rowed by only four guys...no motor, no winches, no nada...just hard work!!!  (It is true that the boat is brought here on a 30 year old flat bed Ford truck)

We see this form of fishing almost everyday right out of our windows and decks.

However, yesterday was something really special!!!  We had six boats working in front of us all at once.  This means that there were about  180 guys all pulling on lines within our sight...

We have featured these "truck boat fishermen" on our blog lots of times, so will limit our description of the process as a bunch of guys dropping the boat off the truck onto a couple of truck tires, then using rolling logs to get the boat into the surf.  The boat contains all the netting and lines.  a bunch of guys push the boat out until it floats, and then the four rowers take over and row thru the waves, and head about 500 meters straight out, feeding line as they go, make a turn, go about 500 meters more as they feed out the net, and then bring it on home for another 500 meters of line, 

Now about 15 guys on each line pull the whole shebang toward the shore.  It takes about 45 minutes to get it in--some days they catch nothing...

But yesterday, It was Magical!!!

Each of the six boats pulled in tons and tons of fish--now remember that all this was done by manual labor..

Here are some photos of just one boatload...There are three "socks" full of thousands of fish!

Roxanne and Sonja pose...(plus Rox took all of these photos...)

Each of these socks holds tons of fish...


 These guys took 4 hours to pack the fish from the net to the waiting trucks...

 Cecelia, Agripina's daughter is loading up enough for the famly fish soup/stew for a few days...


You can figure that each of these full nets of fish is heavier than a bag of cement...and they make these loads for hours!

Before the day was over, all of these trucks were loaded with fish!!!

Take a look...that is a severely overloaded truck...

Here is Alex (featured in the last entry getting a computer), as he checks out the truck load.  He ended up with a five gallon bucket,  half filled with fish.  They start out young here--bringing home the bacon--so to speak...

Here is Jorge, our safe and sane taxi driver, taking in all the fun...

Here are a couple of girls taking home food for the table...

All the fishermen up and down the Coast are extremely generous with their bounty...We have never seen a family of adults or kids go home without some fish in their ever present plastic bag...

Here is Santo, checking out one of the three huge socks of fish...everyone here has a smile that big!!!

Speaking of smiles, how about Agripina and daughter Sonja!  Cuuuuuuute!


 

So you can see, that a GREAT day fishing, trumps a GOOD day fishing any day!!!

 

Posted on Tue, August 13, 2013 at 07:32PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment | References8 References

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