How To Set A Fishing Net
Koyuk Alaska is a very beautiful town during the hot summer days. Around the month of May the sun starts to stay up all day. The Koyuk River is full of fish by June. Everyone is out fishing with his or her boats and fishing nets. The fish travel with the tides morning and night. Usually it takes about two or three people to set the fishing net. The fishing net is from fifty to hundred feet long. Every fishing net has a different size mesh depending on what kind of fish you are fishing for. The most common mesh size around here in Koyuk is an inch and a quarter square cube.
Setting the nets, you will have to have your net organized in your boat. You have to make sure you have two anchors on each side of the net. Tie the end of the net so it connects to the anchor. Do this for both ends of the net. The anchor will hold the net in place in the river. The first anchor will be on the shore of the beach into the ground. Then we back up our boats so the net will drag out of the boat, setting itself into the river. There will be the float line on top and the lead line on the bottom. The float line helps keep the top of net the floating while the lead line sinks the net. This process allows the net to stretch wide from the top of the water, to the bottom catching the fish swimming by. When your net is all the way into the river the second anchor will be set out in the river. You will want to make sure that when your setting your net, the net is straight out from the beach. Also, your net will catch fish better if the net is nice and tight straight.
After you are done setting your fishing net, pull up the the bank and sit and watch the fish try to fight their way out of the net. Watch your float line on top of the water, and check if they are sinking. If they start to sink that means the fish is weighing down the net, and it’s time to check the net. You can start from any side of the end of the net. When you get to the net you will want to grab the float line and the lead line. The make your boat vertical with the net. Then stretch the float line and lead line apart from each other. Now at the same time you and your partner will pull the net at the same time., in the same direction. As you pull the net watch the water for fish caught in the net. As each fish makes its way into the boat, stop the boat an pull each fish out of the mesh. Now not every fish will be caught pretty good, so for a first time fishermen will probably take there time, taking their fish out. Keep doing this process throughout the whole net until you have nothing to check anymore. Remember that you don’t have to pull out any of your anchor, until you have enough fish you need.
To pull the net, drive your boat out to the anchor that is in the river. When you have arrived to the anchor, grab the float line and pull the anchor. This is where you need three people to work together. One person will be driving the boat very slowly, while the other two crew members will pull both ends of the net. One will pull the float line and the other will pull the lead line in at the same time. As you pull in the net you will want to stack the net in one big section of the boat, make sure that the net wont get tangled up, so when you want to set your net out the next time. That’s why keeping your net organized is a very good idea, or else you will have some problems with the net being tangled. Then make your way to the beach collecting all of your net, until you reach your last anchor. This is how we survive throughout the whole year. I think it is all worth the work you put into your fish.