A few days ago we posted a note about fishing with lures here off the coast of San Clemente, Ecuador entitled, “Ummm, Plastico!” In that post I commented that most of the fishermen here in Ecuador do not use fishing poles (cana) when they fish and that the local pescadores either use nets or simple fishing line with a hook, weight, and no rod or reel. Several people asked me how that could work.
Well, just yesterday Mary and I were in Bahia (pronounced bah-EE-a) to see an art exhibit in the local museo with our friend, Jeanne. (Update highlighting that museum visit will follow.) Jeanne treated Mary to yet another birthday meal (her third in as many days!) at a nice American style restaurant called Puerto Amistad located right on the mouth (boca) of the Chone river in Bahia. We had another great meal and loved spending the day with Jeanne (Thank-you Jeanne!)
I saw some fishermen fishing without poles from the base of one of the bridge abutments in the river, but the distance made it too hard to see what they were doing.
Then just as we were finishing up a delicious lunch of hamburgers, french fries, potato skins, and chicken wings we got lucky and three fishermen maneuvered a small boat just below the pier where we were sitting to fish without poles!
I got the following sequence of pictures to show how it is done:
In about fifteen minutes these three pescadores got fish for dinner without poles or reels and not a single fish was heard to say, “Ummm, plastico?” as they gobbled up the camerons!