Fishing the traditional way Answered
A while ago I had a very bad day of fishing in terms of catching something for my frying pan or freezer.
Same story for the old bloke sitting a few meters away from me.
So we decided to pass some time with useless chats about our previous record fish we caught.
While the old bloke changed bait I noticed that he did not have a hook at the end of the line.....
What is that contraption and how do you catch fish with it?
Old bloke laughed and said he goes hunting a lot too and always keeps the antlers from deer and such.
Instead of a hook he used a round and pointy bar with a little notch slightly off the middle.
Couldn't figure out how this possibly could hook a fish, so got a bigger laugh for it this time :(
"Make a loose fist, put it in and then pull on the line." he said and I was dumb enough to assume it would not work :(
Figure it out by getting two bleeding pricks...
Fish swallows the "stick" inside the bait and one there is some pull one pointy end will always get stuck.
The other moves until there is no room to move anymore and the fish is spiked up for good.
Only downside is that one you get a fish too big it might not grab - bad luck then LOL
This approach instead of steel hooks reminded me of the bamboo fishing poles my grandfather used to make.
Be it for eel, trout, carp or even from the boat for pollock and sardine - he loved his bamboo.
Even made me my fisrt fly fishing rod from a piece of bamboo :)
The old guy however had more than hand made rods or horn needles as hooks.
When his hands were still as good as his eyes he even made flies from these horn sticks!
He explained the process to me but I never had the patience for normal flies and doing this with horn sticks and estimating how big the biggest fish might be while making sure it is neither too heavy nor fails to float...
What I really liked about this otherwise wasted fishing day was the stories I got from the old man.
"You don't need fancy or oversensitive gear to fish, a safety pin and some packing coad do just fine if you are hungry!"
Best story was how he caught a 2m gummy shark with a hand line meant to catch some sardines for bait.
I could really his 3 hour struggle to get the thing on board LOL
What are your most successfull old school or just plain weird catches with something a real sports fisherman would not even touch to cast?