My Fishing Experience with my Dad in the Backwaters of Kerala
My dad, a fisherman and I went fishing in a handmade canoe with nets. The fisherman paddled us about 3 meters from shore and then dropped a large net 5 meters deep by 25 meters long into the water. The net was placed in a straight line and had styrofoam buoys on the top of the net. When fish swim into the net, they got caught and make the buoys move. This movement indicates to the fisherman that he has caught something. The fisherman threw another smaller circular net into the water and it sunk to the bottom about 10 to 15 meters. Ten seconds later, he brought it up. This took a while because the water and the mud from the bottom were heavy. He only caught six fish using this strategy. Then, he brought us to shore because it was going to take some time for the fish to get caught in the larger net. About 30 minutes later, the fisherman went out on his own again and picked up the large net and caught about 40 to 50 small fish. He was excited about his catch and planned to sell these fish for about 300 Indian rupees ($6 CND) the next day.