Books [Tiverton Fisherman]
“What's that you say? You'd like to go out in the sloop with me some day, to pull trap? Well now, sho —- as soon as the tide is right today we're setting seine for eels, but we only use a skiff instead of a power boat because the [eel?] is to be make just up the beach ways, but you're welcome to come if you care to. All right, I'll take a look to see how things are progressing. No, it wont take long to make a set ——- about an hour ——- according to the catch.
The boys are putting the seine on the back rack now and you step into the skiff and go well for'ard. If you don't get caught in the running lines or the dipsies, and maybe get hurt. The seine does look like a pile o' hay, but its on the rack systematical enough as you'll find when they start to let it run.
“Let's take a look at the tide. If she's about ready to drop then it's time to set, as the eels will come out with the falling tide. So hop aboard and we'll get going. So leave John on the beach holding one running line, Sam rows the skiff and I'll say the [??] (about three hundred and twenty feet), them Harry starts throwing the seine over, or just letting it run. As Sam rows slowly, the lead line sinks and the cork line floats. She's like a big tennis net with a long bag in the middle and as Sam rows the boat he makes a half circle of the net and [?] looks like a little cord atoll we've seen in Bermuda. Yes, the seine is seven hundred and fifty feet from tip to tip so you see she's no play toy.”
Here we are back at the beach and give the other line to Jim. Now with both lines on the beach we pull on these and haul the seine in. She picks up everything on the bottom as we drag her ashore. We'll gradually close the net and keep hauling until she's on the beach. Here she comes, the arms first, then when the twine is finer, that's the [?] and in the