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Old 11-18-2020, 05:08 AM   #1
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anyone can make 3" mesh netting just as fast, cause the meshes are so big. You only need 16 knots per square foot of such netting and it's easy to get the netting needle thru the meshes. 1" mesh requires a 169 knots per square foot. and a lot more cordage, too. anyone can make a knot in 4 seconds, so that's a sq foot of netting made every minute. Say 50 sq ft per hour, 4 hours to make 200 sq ft of 3" mesh netting. and just as long to split local reeds, shoots, roots, vines and weave them into the 3" mesh netting, and tying them into place, So you can produce 200 sq ft of netting per day, by fire light and save your 7 hours of daylight for setting the netting, gathering the wood as floats and the stone-weights, and getting them tied onto the netting. At least 100 sq ft of netting per day can be set as weirs or for use as a seine, even when you first have to tear the strips off of the 20x20 tarp and twist them into cordage. They are only allowed to take 60 sq ft of netting,
 
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Old 11-18-2020, 05:46 AM   #2
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every day, you set out 100 sq ft of netting, at a 45 degree angle from the shoreline, with a stake and a little bait bag in the apex of net 'v". The trotlnes and the pemmican provide bait. After the second day, you'll have a little seine to pull across the opening of the V and trap any fish there. After the 3rd day, you'll have another baited 'v" every day, eh? When you've got 500=600 sq ft of netting, you'll be able to make the rectangular pen, 20 ft wide, that extends out into the lake, baited at each end. Another day to make the pontoon outrigger raft, IF the water's too cold to wade thru the pen with the 30 ft long seine, using a stake at each end to help hold and move the seine.

Because Great slave lake is so huge, it will cool off slowly from the warmth of summer, so you might well be able to move the net thru the 50 ft long pen quickly enough to be ok without the raft given that you're naked and have a fire, dry clothing and a tarp handy on shore. You can advance one end of the 30 ft long seine 10 ft at a time. That's going to move the entire seine 10 ft in a couple of minutes at most. So you'll make a sweep thru the net-pen in 10 minutes. That is not that long to be wading in cold water. Temps are at worst case +20F during the day during your first 1-2 weeks on the challenge and might well be above freezing. You only have to do this 1-2 days, 2-3x per day, until you can get the pontoon outrigger raft made.

Because you've been baiting the shoreline all along and then the net pen for a day and a night, you might well catch a lot of fish, even without the chum lines running out into the lake. So you might well have plenty to eat by day 8 of the challenge. You'll have had pemmican every other day, thru day 7. You can set up camp, dig the stone boiling hole, get some firewood gathered, make the raised wooden bed and gather some debris the first day and perhaps also have made some cordage the first evening, on launch day. It's faster and easier to unravel the rope hammock and the resulting rope than it is to tear strips off the tarp. At least you dont then have to spin the strands of rope, eh? :-) So it's likely that you can have 600 sq ft of netting set as a pen in 4 days, actually,

That means that you might well be eating well by day 6. It's possible that the net v's and trotlnes will have fed you well much earlier, too. The pemmican is present to guarantee that you have bait right from the start and to keep up your energy levels as you hustle to make that first 500-600 ft of netting. You could take the sleeping bag instead of the pemmican, if you wanted to take the chance on catching enough bait on the first day of your stay there. I dont think that the sleeping bag is worth taking that risk myself. People who are too lazy to gather some debris (and use it effectively as insulation) deserve to starve, in my book. Ditto those too lazy to make netting.

Last edited by boati; 11-18-2020 at 05:59 AM.
 
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