I believe it is unquestionably good to preserve the Folk life / Culture of Bayou Pigeon.
Thus I post this story… enjoy !
To keep big Cat’s from twisting themselves off a trot line, requires a metal swivel from the staging to the main line…
Everyone knows that, well did you know…
Aldoras Perera made his early living by hook and line fishing from their camp boat in the swamp, with Huey at his side. It was not until 1954 that the Perera's moved their Camp boat permanently to Bayou Pigeon, one of the last families to abandon to the heart of the Swamp. Huey married Annie Michel and he has raised his family there.
It was the research for Chapter 16 where I first learned of the homemade trot line swivel. Researching, the book I had talked with as many old fishermen from Pigeon as I could about Hook and Line fishing. Thus, this is where Huey Perera fits in in this story.
Big catfish are known for twisting themselves off a trot line staging. Thus to put more fish in the boat, required the use of a swivel. Most fishermen of the 1930’s and 40’s did not have the money nor could they find a manufactured swivel.
Keeping with the Spirit of the Atchafalaya Swamper, to overcome, adapt and improvise as needed, the fishermen made their own swivels out of a wire and nail. After some internet research, I managed to find a picture of one these homemade swivels on Jim Delahoussaye's “River Logue’ blog. Jim is a accomplished outdoor writer and Naturalist. I consider him to be one of a few legitimate Subject Matter Experts on Atchafalaya Basin folk life, Wildlife and Fisheries, Flora and Fauna. I had never seen one these homemade trot line swivels before this, anywhere, until I discovered his blog.
In God We Trust All Others Show me Pictures!
The "folk" are the bearers of the folk life traditions, when the human thread is lost, the art/ technique / tradition invariably fades away. Huey please tell us you have passed on this art to someone !
Where are the pliers?