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The crab cage had yielded a decent harvest.
As soon as they lifted the first one, they found three big green crabs inside, the largest of which weighed a pound.
For catching crabs, relying solely on luck was not enough.
Unlike fishing nets, which Yang Xiaolong could rely on with his blue ring, crab catching required finding the right bait and location.
However, Jing Tian was skilled at catching crabs.
She had learned a secret bait recipe from Jing Laotou, her grandfather, and knew that aside from the cage, the most important thing in crab catching was the bait.
Crab bait is usually made by pickling small fish, which the locals call “fish mei”.
Using fish mei as bait is much better than using fresh bait.
It is less likely to cause waste, can last longer, and is not easily affected by water.
“Three big green crabs and two iron crabs,” Yang Xiaolong exclaimed as he pulled up the cage.
Jing Tian was responsible for picking them up and tying them with rope, as crabs have strong destructive power and cannot be put together with fish.
Jing Tian’s skill in tying crabs was unparalleled.
She casually wrapped her hand around the crabs twice, without exerting much force, and tied them securely.
She easily outperformed Yang Xiaolong in this aspect.
After finishing with the crabs, they sailed to a dark area where eel cages floated on the surface of the sea.
Each eel cage was about the size of a hanging air conditioner and was pitch black.
The eel cages were provided by the boat itself, with about sixty in total, and could be used for free.
However, if lost or damaged, they had to be compensated at market price.
Of course, the fish caught would be divided equally among them.
Second Brother Jing and Yang Xiaolong were in charge of pulling up the cages, while the others were responsible for separating them according to size.
This was a technical task, as even a slight difference in weight could affect the price.
Only those who grew up in the area and were experienced in sea fishing could do it well.
“Little Yang, you’re not a local and yet so young, why did you decide to become a fisherman? It’s a tough and tiring job,” said Second Brother Jing as he pulled up the cages and chatted with him to pass the time.
“It’s just a hobby,” replied Yang Xiaolong.
“You can make a lot of money on this trip.
Why don’t you find a little wife when you go back?” Second Brother Jing joked.
Yang Xiaolong remained silent.
Second Brother Jing was in his thirties and couldn’t help but bring up the topic of marriage.
With everyone working together, they managed to pull up all the eel cages in half an hour.
However, upon counting, they found that five or six cages were missing, probably cut off by passing fishing boats or stolen by someone.
The catch of eels was quite good, with the large ones weighing over eighty pounds and the medium ones weighing around thirty pounds.
After deducting the compensation for the lost cages, each household could still get a little bit.
After working tirelessly for five or six hours, they took a break at noon.
Yang Xiaolong was so exhausted that his arms and legs were shaking, and he was breathing heavily.
The group decided to have a meal before continuing to pull the lines and fish, and then head back to the port after finishing.
Today’s meal was quite sumptuous, as they caught many seafood such as octopus, small grouper, sea snail, and some unknown small seafood.
Several families cooked a big pot of rice, and all the seafood was cooked together.
Eating seafood on the sea sounds like a great idea, but the reality is different.
The boat is being rocked by the waves, and there isn’t much seasoning added to the dishes.
The seafood is just cooked and served with its natural flavor, which can be a bit fishy and not as tasty as one might imagine.
The popular short video bloggers often showcase themselves indulging in the juicy octopus, making their audience drool with envy.
However, these are all deceiving tactics to enhance the video’s effect.
Real fishermen will always clean up the seafood before cooking and eating it.
The short video hosts with their ecstatic expressions while chomping on a bursting octopus that stains their mouths black are all deceiving their audience for the sake of video effects.
In reality, genuine fishermen always clean up the messy parts before eating.
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