Native Destin Fishing technologies
Some wonder where did the techniques we use today come from? Turns out modern day fisherman really didn’t reinvent the wheel…fisherman have been using similar techniques for generations. Techniques that even todays charter fishermen use on their daily fishing trips. These techniques are still being used offshore and in the back country waters alike.
Florida’s first fishermen used many fishing techniques that are familiar to modern fishermen. Salt and freshwater fish were caught in the waters surrounding destin using various types of technology.
Fish weirs and traps
* weirs were built in shallow tidewaters by interweaving poles and reed or oak splints. They were designed so that it was easy for fish to swim into the weirs but difficult to escape as the tide ebbed and flowed.
* Animal hide traps were used to catch catfish, fresh blood from the hide attracted the catfish into the trap which was then closed with a string.
Bows and spears
* fish were shot with arrows attached to lines and wooden floats. Green cane Spears with sharpened points were used while standing in the water or fishing from dugout canoes.
Hook and line
* hooks were made out of deer or turkey bones. They were u-shaped with a straight shank, they were often attached to trot lines with several baited hooks stretched across a stream.
* Nets were a favored method of catching fish. Dip nets attached to a long pole or mesh gill nets were typically used, perforated rocks were used as sinkers and small pieces of wood or gourd as floats.
Courtesy of the “destin history and fishing museum”