Frugal to the 10th. Degree

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Poppa, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

    Pinson, Al
    I read a thread about how we can be more frugal fishing and it had some great
    ideas on ways we can cut back on our spending. But it reminds me of a time
    when people had no choice but be frugal. When I was a boy my Daddy would
    tell how it was when he was a child in the depression and what they went thru
    to go fishing. For a little background my Grandpa was a coal miner, he raised
    six children in a company house and he probably owed his soul to the company
    store. During the Depression miners work were cut back to 1 or 2 days work
    a week, but every one worked. So people that lived almost in poverty working
    6 days a week were now working 1 or 2 days a week. Now back to fishing.
    They went to the creek bottoms where the cane and wild bamboo grew and
    would cut the biggest and straightest fishing canes they could find. They would
    take these canes home and tie them fat end up in the tops of trees tie rocks
    to them so they would dry out to be light and straight. They would buy sewing
    thread and would pull off the length they needed for a for a pole and then pull
    2 more that same length and twist all three threads together and coat them
    with bees wax so they would hold the twist. I asked my Daddy how strong
    this line was and he said you would straighten the hook before you broke
    the line. For floats they took poplar and whittled them out and then would
    heat a wire and burn the piff out of the center then use a match to make it
    tight on the line. For sinkers they would find scrap lead in the mines bring
    it home and beat it flat with a hammer. They would then take these thin
    pecies of lead and roll it around the line and beat it tight. Their bait was
    dug up or trapped in the creek . Their minnow buckets 2 lard cans, one
    telescoped into the other with the enter one having holes punched in it
    with a nail so you could tie it out and your minnows could get fresh water
    They might have 25 of these cane poles tied in a bundle rigged and ready
    to fish when they went fishing. The ends of the pole were cut in a 45 so
    they could be stuck in the river bank. With the poles tied to the T- model
    they took to the river. All the pole were put out lining the bank. A fire
    would be built to cook coffee and a skillet would be close waiting for the
    first fish. These people had 25 lines in the water for the price of a spool
    of sewing thread and a pack of fish hooks. These people knew what hard
    times were. They fought a world war and and many paid with their lives
    the freedoms we enjoy. I do not know what the future holds the way our
    economy is going I hope we never see these times. We have had it so good
    for so long.
  2. Ghosth

    Ghosth New Member

    North Dakota
    Whats really scary is watching the news, we may be back to those days someday soon. Number 1 rule my grandpa taught me, "if you ain't got it, don't spend it!"

    Great post poppa!

  3. jagdoctor1

    jagdoctor1 New Member

    OH the rule I was taught was always have enough ammo to keep what ya got!!