INNOVATIVE GREEN STICK TUNA GEAR MAKES BELIEVERS OF FISHERMEN
Recently arriving to waters off the coast of North Carolina, a fishing gear new to the U.S. has shown revolutionary success in harvesting tuna, with numbers at least three times greater than traditional gear. Adoption of the "green stick" in this region comes largely from information provided by Wayne Wescott of North Carolina Sea Grant. Wescott, also a fishermen and green-stick convert, says, "the method is so attractive to tuna, that the fish strike even when they are not hungry." Designed in Japan, the "stick" is an olive-colored fiber glass pole that stretches 35-45 feet high and holds a long, high test line. That line stretches several hundred feet behind a trolling boat and is kept taut by dragging a wooden structure called a "bird." Fastened to this main line, five lines dangle artificial-squid bait that just dances on the water's surface. The incredible effectiveness of the gear has been attributed to two main factors: (1) The bait dangling at the surface of the water apparently mimics flying fish, a favorite food of tuna and (2) the bird, which evidently resembles a large predator following the bait, stimulates the tuna to strike in a competitive frenzy. According to Wescott, many vessels boast catches 12 to 15 times higher after installing green stick gear
Edited by vbsfipb, 18 October 2006 - 07:19 AM.