fishing for crayfish

the other night we went fishing for crayfish with one of our neighbours, Héctor. This involves going out at night to set a wickerwork trap called a NASA (yes, just like the space agency), with some barbecued chicken stomachs or coconut [sic] and collecting it again some time after. We did just that, collecting it the following morning at 6 am, when it’s already light, however, the thing was empty, which was quite an unwelcome surprise. We’ve later been told that we went to pick it up too late and that we should have picked it up earlier, when it was still dark and the crayfish is still eating, also because when it’s still dark the crayfish doesn’t know how to get out of the trap, whereas when it gets light it can see the exit and just disappears.

Here’s a few photos of the experience:

la nasa

the nasa

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the inexperienced fishermen🙂

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the experienced fisherman who mended some holes in the Nasa for us using leftover fibres from the rancho roof

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placing the trap at night

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the Nasa going underwater like Cousteau’s Nautilus

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us, still happy because we’d just set the trap and weren’t yet aware of the huge failure it was going to turn out to be!🙂

There’s no photo of the empty Nasa, because basically it’s the same as the first photo of it. If we’re ever successful with the fishing you shall be informed!🙂

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  1. #1 by Manuel Amago on 15/12/2012 - 13:33

    When I was a kid, my uncle used the nasa quite a lot (poaching). Fish, as far as I can recollect, are unable to get out once they are in the nasa, unless you happen to forget a detailed instruction manual lying around!

  2. #2 by Saúl on 20/12/2012 - 09:07

    Wishing you a happy and, of course, in contact with the nature, Christmas! Hope you will keep on next year. I am learning so much with everything you do. Big hug!

    • #3 by chihuatepec on 21/12/2012 - 06:31

      Happy Holidays to Chris and you too! I hope to be writing more soon, but I’m a bit too busy just living life at the moment!😉
      Take care Saúl, and may you not get too much charcoal from the 3 wise men!🙂

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