Post by Just Plain Curt on Apr 23, 2007 20:12:53 GMT -5
Just thought I'd post a picture or two from the native Ojibway reserve about a mile behind my house.
Abandoned fishing boats taking a well deserved rest.
A pair of active boats waiting for fishing season.
The biggest abandoned boat of the bunch. Probably 40 feet stem to stern. (approx. 13 meters). Sad things to see when we no longer have any use for them but nicely photogenic subjects. Praktica SuperTL3 Auto Takumar 55 f1.8 Fuji 100 shot at f16 1/125.
It always saddens me to see neglected, old or wrecked, abandoned boats. In their prime they must have provided a lot of pleasure and even a living to some fortunate folks. I often wonder if a little TLC and lots of COD might not bring them back to life.
Post by Just Plain Curt on Apr 26, 2007 6:34:45 GMT -5
Hi Walker, Apparently the side panels open up, two along the side, one along the engine compartment. They fish with suspended gill nets, not as environmentally disasterous as the bottom dragging ocean trawlers, but still catch an awful lot of species. Main catch seems to be either salmon and lake trout or pickerel (walleye for our US cousins) and herring. Whitefish and suckers (Close relative of the carp) are sold mainly to pet food processors.
Post by Just Plain Curt on Apr 26, 2007 20:49:16 GMT -5
Hi Reijo, Probably right as fishing limit quotas have been cut back so much over the years that fishing could only partially provide an income any more. Actually there aren't too many barren areas of Lake Superior on the Canadian side around here other than the native reserve area. Usually lushly treed right down to the shore then shallow(maybe waist deep) for a few hundred feet (1-200 meters in places) then a huge drop off to several hundred feet deep. I'll have to investigate fyke net fishing, it's a term I've never heard before.
Your description of a fyke net as a fish trap seems to describe what we call a fish weir. The native people, particularly on the east and west coasts plant stakes in the water very close together to form a large circular enclosure. There is a single opening through which the fish swim. Once inside they can not find their way out and are scooped up in big dip nets.
I do not know if the weirs are still legal. It is easy to visualize them made of netting instead of wooden stakes.
Last Edit: Apr 27, 2007 10:51:43 GMT -5 by mickeyobe