Heard of seine fishing? If not, then let me acquaint you to the idea. Seine fishing is a type of fishing that involves using seine nets. It has boats called Seiners devoted for the purpose. A Seine net is an intricate arrangement of a rope-like structure intertwined to form a mesh that is employed to grope fish in concert. They have weights attached at the bottom edges of the fishing net and the net swims atop. The fishing boat called the Seiner adopts circular movements that encircle the fish while spreading the net.
Types of Seine
There are two types of seine: (1) The Purse Seine; and (2) The Danish Seine.
∝ Purse Seine
The purse seine is a type of fishing net that has innumerable rings at the bottom. There is a rope that passes through these rings. During the fishing activity, the rings are suspended in water. The rope is pulled in such a manner that the rings are drawn close together to encircle the fish in concert, so that the groped school of fish do not slip off the net. Fishing with purse seine is an ideal way of seizing fish, maintaining proximity with the surface of the water body, such as salmon, tuna, and sardines.
∝ Danish Seine
Yet another type of fishing net -- Danish seine -- also termed anchor seine -- is a cone-shaped net accompanied with a pair of long wings and a carrier for the fish to accumulate. The danish seiner vessels are far spacious than purse seiners. The drag lines are long, hence can cover a satisfactory area. A buoy acts anchor and drags the seine and the power block hauls the seine net. Now, the power block works like a pulley to haul the net. The danish vessel is best suited for netting demersal fish. They are either on the surface or at the base of the sea.
Another very important net is called the minnow seine net. It is used by highly experienced fisher men to catch congeries of very small freshwater fish called minnows, hence, the name. The minnow net has two poles that are deucedly light in weight and have the net attached to them. A minnow seine is a large structure that requires a couple handling the net. Some seine nets have optional pocket nets that provide a better grip of the net. The netting is constructed in a way that allows more fish to collect in the net. The netting is loose, allowing the net to float, conforming to the ebbs and flows of the lake or stream.
Making the Seine Net
If you don't have enough time on hand, to invest in visiting a museum devoted to aquatic existence, but are keen to learn about the same, then you have got to make a seine net on your own to learn how marine life gets 'captured'!
- The first step is to find wood for branches to make poles. You could also use foam in place of wood. Foam pieces or waste materials of such kind are an economical option to construct the fishing nets.
- Now, take the wood pieces and cut them in a way that their size matches the shortest side of the net.
- The poles must now have a hole drilled towards the end. In case of using the foam, you must not resort to using the drill. The shape of the foam will be adversely affected. Nevertheless, a hole could be made by passing a pencil right through the foam. Ensure that the pencil pierced into the foam is thick enough to make a hole through which a rope can pass.
- The rope needs to be attached to every corner of the minnow net and secured tightly. In case of the netting being of different size, the shortest side of the net needs to be used to attach the pole.
- A seine net is incomplete without weights being attached to the bottom edges of the net. The mesh should be attached to the lead weights. The size and type of the lead weight should be discussed with an authority of this field. This is a learning-cum-experimental process, and taking help from an expert counts!
- As far as storage is concerned, you could place the seine net at a safe distance from environmental hazards, or manhandling. Be a little possessive! While not in use, you could entwine the rope around the pole and store it, preferably in a vertical container.
So, what are waiting for? You already have the fishing tips and tricks up your sleeve. Embark upon this very exciting journey of creating your own seine nets and they are an easy endeavor to undertake. What's more, you completely own the product! It's your creation, after all!