Thursday, July 24, 2008

Fishing Story

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.

The Eel
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.

The Octopus
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.


Lisa (LGMB) said...

Awe ... we just went to the beach a couple of weeks ago. Our kids love the beach and enjoy sea life.

Living on the east coast of S.C. we usually just see lots of jelly fish, hermit crabs, sometimes horseshoe crabs, and have wandered upon sea turtle nests. An octopus would be big news!

It sounds like you guys had a really good time :)


Beth said...

How neat! All of these experiences will be ones you and your family will keep with you for years to come!

Jenn;0) said...

I've never been to the beach in my life :(! I wanna see an octopus too! :)