| Haji Mohd Daud Abd Rahman |
FISHING methods have undergone a drastic transformation from how it was done way back in the middle 20th century.
Back in those days, people used traditional boats, trawlers and fishing tools to catch fish for a living. Fishermen use ‘baggong’ boats and large ‘bidar’ boats to go for fishing. The fishermen used engine boats only when going out to sea.
Some of the engine brands that were popular way back then were Seagel, Johnson and Enjeni. Fuel efficiency was one of the key features of these engines.
Fishermen used to go fishing at around 2am.
Before the villagers of Kampong Ayer had clocks, they would find the time by listening to roosters crowing. The roosters would crow after midnight, around 1am and 4am.
Before going on a fishing trip, the fishermen would prepare food and drinks (especially tea, coffee and water) and their fishing gear. Other essentials included matches, wood and utensils to cook the fish on the boat.
There were a lot of taboos that the fishermen had to be aware of.
For instance, while in the boat, fishermen were discouraged from mentioning names of animals or to point out to any passing animals.
As there were no fishing shops in the olden days, all the equipment were made by the villagers, especially the fishermen’s wives.
It would take the women about three months to make a trawler net.
The price of such nets, if sold, ranged between $30 and $50, which was worth more compared to now.