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Last night I went fishing with a few of the local guys "Nonoy, Romeng, and Jolie" that live here in the village of Baigad on Bantayan Island and fish every day (weather permitting) for a living. It was interesting to see how it was done as I have never gone net fishing before.

It's a hard way for a guy to make a living as the waters are pretty much fished out, but every now and then someone gets lucky and makes a good haul. Last night was not one of those lucky nights for them, and we only caught about 10 kilos of fish but still it was a great time for me and something to do on a Friday night with a few friends and a few bottles of Rhum.

We left from the beach at the front of my house about 5 PM, and it took about an hour to get to the spot where they wanted to set the nets for the night, by the time the nets were set, it was dark, and ready to start on the Tanduay Rhum.

I had thought in the past that when net fishing the idea was to encircle the fish and then pull them in, but what do I know?
The way these guys do it is set the net in a straight line and it's about 1/2 mile long, and then just sit back, relax and wait for fish to be trapped in the nets, then after 3 or 4 hours they pull it in and start collecting the catch.

From the catch the boat owner gets 40% and he covers the expenses for the gasoline for the pump boat engine, and kerosene lights, It takes three men to work the nets and they each get 20% of a nights haul. Sometimes this only means a few dollars a day, but their family's always have food.

After eating a canned Tuna and rice dinner and a few hours of drinking, the guys decided to get some sleep, I myself could not imagine sleeping while this small boat bobbed up and down and all around in the middle of the sea, but it did not seem to bother them in the least.

Time was completely lost for hours, This is how they have been doing it for hundreds of years I'm guessing.

For me it was just great to be out to sea and away from the rest of the world, the sky's were clear and full of stars, I could see lights from other fishing boats off in the distance and also barely see a few lights way back at Bantayan Island.

I'm not sure what time it was when they woke and decided it was time to pull the nets back in, but it took quite awhile because a lot of the fish were so tangled in the net it took awhile to get them out without causing any damage to the nets, also great care has to be taken how they are restored so not to be tangled for the next time.

By the time we got back home it was way into the early AM hours, and we decided to finish off just one more bottle of Rum and cook a few of the fish for a late snack.

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