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22/08/2019 - 07:18

Making bait to catch cuttlefish - keeping love with sea 

Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Dung used to go to sea since he was 13 years old but then, due to his illness, he could not stick to the career. Instead, Mr. Dung has made bait to catch cuttlefish to keep his love with the sea.

In a small hamlet in Cu Lai Trung village, Phu Hai commune, Phu Vang district, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Dung (56 years old) is still making bait for fishermen in the area everyday as well as serving the stalls selling marine materials.

12 years ago, unfortunately, he got sick and he could not go out to sea. Missing the sea as well as the career, he began to focus on making squid bait, which is made of wood and lead with shrimp-shape.

The main material to shape the basic shrimp form is wood, with a groove on its body to pour lead into, creating a certain weight.

Simple tool to make shrimp-shape baits

Simple tool to make shrimp-shape baits

The indispensable material is lead. Mr. Dung buys pure lead, then he burns it in an aluminum pot until the lead melts.

The indispensable material is lead. Mr. Dung buys pure lead, then he burns it in an aluminum pot until the lead melts

Mr. Dung preparing to pour molten lead into the wood mold. In the process of doing, it is necessary to wear protective gloves and glasses. Mr. Dung used to be hospitalized for an eye surgery to remove lead.

Mr. Dung preparing to pour molten lead into the wood mold. In the process of doing, it is necessary to wear protective gloves and glasses. Mr. Dung used to be hospitalized for an eye surgery to remove lead

Molten lead is poured into the mold

Molten lead is poured into the mold

After cooling, lead creates a block like the above photo

After cooling, lead creates a block like the above photo

The important stage is to shape so that it looks like a real shrimp

The important stage is to shape so that it looks like a real shrimp

With his skilled hands, the beautiful wooden shrimps were born

With his skilled hands, the beautiful wooden shrimps were born

The part of putting the hook on the body of the shrimp decides the great success in producing perfect squid baits

The part of putting the hook on the body of the shrimp decides the great success in producing perfect squid baits

Finished products

Fishermen come to Mr. Dung's house to choose their favorite baits

By Trung Phan

 

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