Re: NANFA-- Louisiana collecting trip

D. Martin Moore (
Sun, 9 Apr 2000 22:11:00 -0700

Quoth William Allen jr. regarding Re: NANFA-- Louisiana collecting tr:

> One minor detail - the type of net referred to is generally called a
> "cast net" around here. A "hoop net" is another device entirely. Used
> frequently by commercial fishermen, it is a series of hoops
> connecting by netting to make a sort of tube and placed (stationary)
> on the bottom so that the current flows into the tube, bringing with
> it large catfish, "buffalo", "drums" and other food fish.
> A cast net is the type of net used by Jesus' disciples in the Bible
> when instructed, "Cast your net into the sea", although it is doubtful
> that theirs were made of nylon.

The net Bruce is referring to resembles a plankton net more than a
cast net or commercial "hoop net". It functions very differently as
well. Go to Memphis Net & Twine's website and view their "shad
scoop". It is essentially the same net.


"Cry to it, nuncle. as the cockney did to the eels when she put
'em i' the paste alive; she knapped 'em o' the coxcombs with a
stick, and cried 'Down wantons, down!'"

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