THE DAY IN A LIFE OF A FISHERMANUp at the crack of dawn, the fisherman of the Taylor Maid head out from the shore of Lake Erie to make the fresh catch of the day. Located in Wheatley, Ontario, Taylor Fish Company has been a family owned and operated for four generations. From the boat to their processing plant to their personal service, they take the greatest care in providing your family with the highest quality freshwater fish anywhere.
Fishermen have many ways to figure out the prime spot to set their nets like graphs, navigational instruments, depth sounders, weather forecast, and many techniques that are passed down from generation to generation.
Once the boat and crew are at a prime fishing spot they begin the process called setting nets. To set nets one of the crew members stands at the back of the boat with a tray of nets and quickly uncoils the tray out the back of the boat. The nets have lead weights that sink the bottom part and a plastic cork on the top part that keeps it from getting tangled up in the water. The nets sit in the water lengthwise and stretch out for more than one hundred feet.
As the perch and pickerel chase their meal of smelt toward the net, the smaller smelt easily swim through, leaving the larger perch and pickerel to be caught in the net. The boat returns to the nets hours later to retrieve their catch.
The fish are picked and sorted out of the nets and put ice on. The boat heads back to the harbour where the crew weighs the days catch into 100 pound tubs. Then are dumped into bigger totes that hold more than 1000 pounds.