On 3 Oct 2003 at 19:13, B.G. Granier wrote:
> Hi all,
> Back in the days of old, say about 1992 or so, I found this creek that
> had an extremely fast current and even faster fish that would just
> turn on their F-16 afterburners at the mere sight of a stupid dip-net
> that was being swung after them in the clear, cool waters of their
> habitat. What was even more insulting to me was that they'd then hang
> just out of reach of my dip-net and point their pectoral fins and
> giggle and laugh about my futile attempts to snare a few of them. (
> When I state that it was an extremely fast current, please know that
> where I live in Bayou country, most of our waterways are slow moving,
> sluggish, turbid colored bayous or sloughs.) I wasn't used to clear,
> spring-fed creeks at all. Especially not those that I could actually
> SEE minnows in it's depths.
> Soooooo........I went back home and went to the drawing board trying
> to figure out a design that that would be not as obvious and at the
> same time, be more effective at capturing some samples of these (F-16)
> types of supersonic fish.
> After perusing several of my local bait shops and the Walmart, K-Mart
> and several other suppliers of bait and minnow net suppliers, I found
> an example of a "Shad net" in the Memphis Net and Twine catalog that
> just might work. But, I didn't need such a large mesh and net that was
> depicted to be towed behind a boat that was designed to catch shad for
> Then an idea struck me! Get a stainless steel hoop, hang a dip-net bag
> on it. Then rig a bridle system just like that displayed in the
> Memphis Net and Twine catalog and attach a hand-line to it....But
> scale it down to a usable, human-operated scoop net.
> The first time I took it out, VOILA! Those F-16 Shiners weren't
> laughing at me anymore! And as a plus, there were no more wet feet,
> destroyed habitat and a lot less stress and trauma on both me or the
> fish! Sometimes it was so easy that all I had to do was toss the net
> out into the stream, position it in an upright position and wait for
> them to swim into it or right in front of the net! I couldn't believe
> how well it worked!
> So, if anyone could use such an efficient net in their territory,
> please contact me. I will be assembling some at an initial cost of $40
> per net that is fully rigged and ready to catch an F-16.......minnow
> that is.
> Postage/Shipping not included, sorry.
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