Friday Erasure: The Fisherman’s Sourcebook

Erasure: p 260, The FIsherman’s Sourcebook; Bill Wisner, 1983

Oct. 13, 2017


Fiddler Crab


Fiddlers are found on the Pacific

one odd claw


The hook is thrust into the opening.

Fiddlers like the fiddler.

Hermits on the Pacific.

Tidepools and shallow waters

the deserted shells of periwinkles, moon and whelk


marine battlers




Ghosts can be offered to all.


Green crab? This little crab

confined by the dark green

color of his shell, shallow water


He’s favored, claws

luring them, a length of twine,

whereupon captured in a minnow trap

or a similar contrivance of wire mesh

pieces of fish,

whole dead fish,

crushed mussels or clams.


Green crabs will live out of water in a cool

place for several days: Blue,

separate, smaller

and for the same reasons.


Different species are often partially buried

in sand. Deeper waters.
Effective bait.


Erasure: p 113, The FIsherman’s Sourcebook; Bill Wisner, 1983

Oct. 13, 2017


Final Capture


Final capture consists of these steps: 


One: Someone seizes 

the leader. If the shark 

gets wild, let go 

until he quiets down.




A line is sunk into the back. You may find the shark

in the boat with you

rope—a noose—

slipped over it. 

Slow down. 




Moving the beast out of water. 

A few turns of a belly 

threshing about,

maybe knocking out someone.


Submerged and bleeding, 

free lunch


Head for port and call it a day.


Should a boat’s cockpit mean havoc?


The only safe shark is a

dead one. 


Towing them backward drowns them. Want to lose

maybe an hour towing a shark around? 


Be particularly careful about children,

a trace of life,


the jaws, hands, mouth

can be retrieved in due time. 



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