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Old 12-14-2011, 11:27 AM   #13
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RE: A new way of fishing (for me)

skipperdude wrote:
How do they tame them?

I have no idea.* However the fellow we fished with said that one develops a relationship with one's birds that "....can be better than the relationship with your wife."

Walt-- If you look closely at the first of my photos you will see that there is a loop of line around the base of the neck of the cormorant in front of the fisherman.* This one had caught the fish which the fisherman is removing in the second photo.* He took the line off the bird as soon as he started to remove the fish.* The birds also have a short length of line tied to one of their legs that the fisherman can use to pull a bird to him in the water.* However the way they are retrieved is by extending the long bamboo pole out to the bird when it surfaces with a fish at which point the bird steps onto the pole and is swung back to the boat (photo below).
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