Fishing with Bamboo Traps
|Another common method of fishing in Kumarakom is bamboo trap fishing. This technique is good for small canals and paddy fields.
A kind of basket made of bamboo is used for this type of fishing. The basket has one conical closed end and a wide opening at the other. This trap device is called koodu (cage) by the natives.
The trap is placed in the narrowest area of running water. The part of the canal towards the back of the trap is blocked with twigs or mud. The fishes enter the trap through its wide mouth. They cannot escape as the other end is closed. The trap is then lifted from the waters for the catch. Sometimes, in paddy fields, the fishermen throw the fish food and when the fishes gather, they are caught by covering them with bamboo traps.