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Page 66 - Alex Poirier, Fisherman from Plateau

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1992/1/1 (397 reads)

would own the boat?) Oh, yes. Sailboat. And we had an engine aboard. When it was calm we used to use the engine to come home. When we were aboard, we were four of us. We used to fish handline. We didn't use trawl then. It was handline, they call it. Seventy-five fathom of line with a lead at the end of it, weighed three pounds and a half. We used to have two lines like that, one at each side of the boat. You were hauling one and the other one was fishing. When you had that one hauled you were baiting it and then throwing it out back Home of Solid Birch Furniture Keltic Furniture Sofas Sofa Beds Coffee & End Tables World Rockers Recliners Tables & Chairs All Your Home Furnishing Needs mSKIngsRoad, Sydney River, N.S. B1S1C6 • 539-1715 Enormous Showroom at SYDNEY RIVER UCCB AS PRIARY RESOURCE In the new world economy knowledge itself has become a "primary resource". Perhaps the key factor driving the growth and development of nations. University College of Cape Breton brings to Cape Breton a wealth of knowledge all its own which can be tapped by all sectors of the Cape Breton Community. Through: • Full-time degree and diploma programs • Part-time and Lifelong Learning programs • Training programs for Industry • Off-campus studies • Professional Consultation with Business and Industry • Research and Development activities • Community Service • Co-operative Education programs • Apprenticeship Trades Training • Cultural activities sponsored by the Beaton Institute, Boardmore Playhouse, the Library, the Art Gallery and the UCCB Press • Athletic programs and major athletic facilities, including the Sullivan Fieldhouse, and the Canada Games Complex The University College of Cape Breton... serving all of Cape Breton. again and go on the other side and test it, see if there's any fish into it. If there's any fish you haul it. You know, at that time, one day, I got 1300 pounds of fish, my dear man. (What were you using for bait?) Squid and (word unclear). The squid, we used to go out at 2 o'clock in the morning--we used to get up at that time. Go out and go in behind (Cheticamp Island) there and there were squid jigs, they called them. It was a lead with needles onto it, all around. It was small line--mackerel line they call it. We used to jig them and get our bait till daylight there. When daylight is come, well, go outside way off about 7 miles off sometime, off of the island there. Then about 2 o'clock in the eve? ning, hoist up the anchor and then come home. If there's not wind, well, we start the engine and we'll come home. (That's a long day's work.) Oh, yes. (And you'd sell it to the Jersey firm.) Oh, yes, it was the Jersey that bought that. My dear man. You'd get 200 a pound for your fish (today). And you used to get a cent for a pound--that'd make a dollar for a hundred pounds. Now there's 20 dollars for a hundred pound: there's a big difference. UCCB salutes Ron Caplan and Cape Breton's Magazine for twenty years of dedication to the history and culture of Cape Breton Island. You're not just a "resource"... you're an institution! UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF CAPE BRETON (When you got to the wharf and had earned a dollar for your hundred pounds, did they hand you a dollar?) Aw, no. (How did it work?) They were salting them then. We used to split them, take the bones away, our? selves . Then we used to weigh them. Then they'd salt them themselves. They had people in the shed, you know, to salt them. They were French fel? lows , people who worked for the Jer? seys. People from Cape Breton. (But when you came to the wharf, and you had 1300 pounds of codfish, and you're going to get 66
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