Well, let’s see, where should i start? I used to be all squeamish when it comes to baiting then hooking live seafood and literally killing them by actually placing them into the “captive nets” provided.
Thought live fishing was going against my own good karma by doing something like this. However all changed after…
Last lazy Sunday, i was out & thought of a crazy idea, why not go prawning? Since i heard it from my bff Jo about it & it sounded fun, not some mundane thing that I’m so used to doing. Like shopping, wine & dine, movies, singing karaoke or even alcohol intoxication. 🙂
So there we were at the prawning place. When were there, we just felt a little lost, wondering where to get the bait, rods & nets. In the end, we chose the 3 hours block which costs $33. & which area to allocate ourselves at. Finally we chose a spot, pretty near the bbq pit at the far back. Which wasn’t such a smart move. Ended up smelling like a grilled prawn myself when i got back home. Bonus? Beer was cheap at just $7 per big bottle!(Evil alcoholic grins*)
So we had to put some chicken liver as the bait on the hook, but ladies we gotta let the guys to help hook it up and hook the catch off, no way I’m going to touch the liver or catch with our manicured nails. yikEs! Lol. So there i proceeded, placing the bait into the pond and waiting for the prawn to drag the float on my line down into the waters.
The experienced uncles around me were catching some really large catch. & i was just like looking at them in full awe. & then after all this time, (okay guys, you can go ahead & laugh) i only managed to catch ONE PRAWN! faints**Our group managed to catch only 10 in all. & mine being the smallest. 😀 We ended up asking the kitchen to cook them in chilli crab sauce style.
Following week i went again, 3 hours block, but this time i was way luckier & did my homework by googling on how to prawn. I changed the liver bait on hook every 10 minutes so that it stays fresh to attract the catch. Once i saw the float moving slightly down in the waters i start nudging and pulling up the line. & Surprise! I had hooked up at least 17 PRAWNS! I guess maybe because it was a weekday, therefore it was less congested, less hooks, baits and experienced uncles fighting for the prawns attention. 🙂
However, i would never skewer the prawn individually with the satay stick provided and grill them alive on the bbq…I would just plastic bag them up in whole and put them into my fridge.
I’m definitely hooked onto this new hobby of mine. Think going to bring my family to try out other fishing ponds outlets. & i just hope animal activists wont hunt me down for fishing and killing prawns in a humanely way. Cause i believe they do eat seafood right? If they’re vegetarians good for them, however they are also vying for food with the herbivores, No? Anyways;
I guess after all, luck, timing, experience & patience do play a big part in live fishing & practice does perfect the skills on oneself.