Is fishing actually the oldest profession on the planet?
I saw a form of fishing today that I have not seen since South East Asia in the late 1960s. It is, I believe, one of the oldest forms of fishing known to man. It takes a very small boat, a throw net, and a lot of balance. You also need shallow water. I watched in awe as he fished calmly, standing up, throwing, and retrieving the net in winds that I could not stand up, even in my 4 foot wide by 10-and-a-halffoot long inflatable dingy.
I have seen this form of fishing in National Geographic when I was a child. I have seen it in paintings from classical China, Japan, the Nile civilizations. It should have been no surprise to see it here , but it was. He did one thing that I have never seen before. Before tossing the throw net, he reached into the bottom of the boat and picked up two small stones and tossed them to where he would then throw the net. The purpose. The splash attracted fish.
The old and the new side-by-side in the same picture frame.
He does not have 40 fishing pole holders and two outriggers. He does–apparently–fish like this every day.
Fishermen and fishers of men.
The next blog posting will be about Melaque and its Irish Catholic heritage. It is a story you will probably never have heard. I am a fairly good student of military history, and like much of Americas actions in War with Mexico, I had not come across this story before.