NATIVE FISHERMEN here on the Big Island of Hawaii don't use hook-and-line to catch fish.  Instead they cast nets over the waters to capture their prey.  From our lanai we watched this young man stalk and catch several large fish for his family's dinner.  All in a day's work for him!

Stalking takes patience

Stalking takes patience

He spent a long time standing like a statue studying the waters until he spotted some action in the pool waters. Often he was motionless for five or ten minutes or longer...

Skillful net handling

Skillful net handling

Every toss produced a winner.  The skill of casting the net without ranging it was amazing to watch.  Each time he carefully recovered the nylon webbing so it wouldn't tangle.

Searching for bounty

Searching for bounty

After each throw the net was inspected and emptied of any rocks, debris, urchins, driftwood and fish.  It was not unlike sifting through a garbage pile looking for a successful catch.   

Success! 

Success! 

And finally the prize was recovered... a wildly flopping fish tangled among the strands of rope.  We watched as he repeated the procedure over again. It was fascinating -- and instructive -- to see the skill he used to capture the fish, and I could understand how his ancestors survived over time with such simple tools. But what patience it takes!

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AuthorRich Monroe