Youngest Son and I wander to the beach this evening. There is a group of rocks that juts out from beach. We had seen kids fishing down there through the afternoon.
There is a young, local woman with 7 children ranging in ages from 3 to 10. They are grouped around something long. At first I thought it was a snake but it was an eel! They had caught it and now could not get it off the hook. One of the 10 year old boys goes to get a big knife and they start trying to cut it off - clearly trying to save the hook. Eventual success. Youngest Son takes closer look at eel.
The Fishing Tools
You might assume the fishing was with fishing rods. Uh, no. Plastic bottles with fishing line wrapped around it with a weight and hook at end. They are using chunks of fish cut from the small fish (about 8 inches long) they have brought with them. One 6 year old boy had his fishing line wound about a flat piece of wood.
We look up to see a man swimming into the beach. As he surfaces, he has a dive mask, back pack and crow bar looking item with hook on end. We move in closer. He pulls 2 octopuses from his back pack. One is alive and one appears to be dead. Youngest Son tentatively touches the live one. I am fairly certain the octopus is dinner tonight.
What a nice way to end the day.
3 months ago