small slingshot i used to go fishing with

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  1. sotiris

    sotiris New Member

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    I was going through my old fishing gear the other day to see if i could salvage anything out of it , but what i found really surprised me.It was a small slingshot that i made when i was 12 to use it as a complete fishing kit.We were spearfishing with a friend along the coast, about 2-3 km from where i live when we discovered a small rocky beach between two large rocks.It was about 20 metres long and had a really shallow rocky bottom and every 2 metres or so a rock sticking out of the sea.the depth couldnt be more that 30cm but there were deep holes in the bottom, making it an ideal fishing place for moray and other types of eel, as well as other rockfish.We were pretty excited about our find but when we looked for a way to access it by land (we couldnt spearfish in it because of the really shallow water and sharp rocks) we saw that the only way to do it is cross a pretty dense olive and pine forest and then climb down a steep cliff.When we went to check the place out from above we saw that this cliff was so steep that we needed both arms and legs to climb it down.So, we didnt have the luxury to carry our nice fishing rods, or any kind of gear in a backpack.To solve this problem we made 2 identical slingshots, that were pretty small and could do everything we wanted, from getting the bait to the fishing itself.We wrapped about 20 metres of strong line that we waxed ,on the handle of the slingshot and attached 20 cm of wire (these kinds of fish have razor sharp teeth) and a large hook at the end.The handle had a hole for the barb of the hook, so nothind was stickind out.We also attached some pretty strong surgical rubber to them.The slingshot itself, about ten lead balls and a slice of bread , which was our lunch and our emergency bait, is all we carried in our swim-trunks pockets.during our walk through the forest we tried to get a bird or 2 to use as bait.Then we climbed down the cliff and looked for a rock in the sea to stand on.If we didnt get any birds, we used some bread crumms to attract some cephalus or other baitfish and then hit them with our slingshots or a stick we found on the beach.It was really hard to get them, but usually after an hour or so we would get 2-3.All the commosion from the baitfish and the splashes we created attracted the bigger fish.Then we looked for a big and deep hole in the bottom, and threw our baited hooks in it.usually we would get a fish in less than half an hour.These types of fish swallow the hole bait, so it was hard to lose them once they were hooked.one of us pulled the fish and the other tried to hit it with the stick once it was out of the water.The only way to kill an eel is to break its spine.Hitting the head also works but we didnt want to get anywhere near those teeth, especially when we didnt have any room to move around.After the first fish we used to leave, mainly because it was hot as hell and we couldnt carry any water with us.I hope i didnt bore you 2 much with this story.
     
  2. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    i wish i live near the sea..<br>it sounds cool to try it
     

  3. sotiris

    sotiris New Member

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    So, i made a replica of this slingshot.I added a special touch, the area at the bottom of where the 2 forks meet is sharpened enough to cut through pretty strong fishing line.I will try going to the same place this summer with my friend, to remember the good old days.Here are some pics<img src="http://i46.servimg.com/u/f46/17/36/31/86/dsc01116.jpg" border="0" alt=""><img src="http://i46.servimg.com/u/f46/17/36/31/86/dsc01117.jpg" border="0" alt=""><img src="http://i46.servimg.com/u/f46/17/36/31/86/dsc01118.jpg" border="0" alt=""><img src="http://i46.servimg.com/u/f46/17/36/31/86/dsc01119.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  4. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    HonzaS New Member

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    You got it good. You have the sea nearby. Nice piece!
     
  6. zamarion

    zamarion New Member

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    cool story <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  7. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Thank you for that story.

    made me drift back in time....
     
  8. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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    Very nice story and great looking slingshot.
     
  9. bigjim

    bigjim New Member

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    Cool story
    Cool slingshot
    :)