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Fishing Fish Attracting Devices (FADs) here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic makes up a big part of our fishery. Although we oftentimes fish current breaks and sargasso weedlines for Dorado and other species, the home-made FADs make up a big part of our fishing. The typical FAd is made up of inexpensive and easy to obtain materials. Typically the weight is made from a used 50 gallon used propane tanke filled with concrete. A hold is made through the middle to place a PVC pipr, where the rope will be attached. The rope is usually 3/8" "criollo" , made up of a blend of synthetic and natural fibers, and very inexpensive. Next comes the most important part, the surface floats.
The first float is usually hard plastic and rides beneath surface, on a 10` tether. Next comes a series of homemade floats, comprised of just about anything that floats, including old plastic soda bottles, pieces of styrofoam, all covered in old discarded pieces of ocean-going gillnet (good riddance).
Finally comes the palm fronds, tied to the very end. The trick in building a FAD that will last is to resist the temptation to put too many floats on it, as the drag of the rope and the surface floats will sometimes actually break the rope.along the bottom in a strong current.
Each fisherman has his own particular special features that he likes to add to his FAD, including pieces of chain, large swivels, and an extra home-made grapnel anchor, to insure the FAd won`t slip along the bottom in a strong current. The FADs are placed on a set of land ranges to locate them later.
The un-written law concerning the fishing prorocol of FADs is that they are open for anyone to fish, but if the owner comes around to fish, other boats should defer to the person who actually made the FAD. Another important rule is to never tie up to a FAD, unless it is your own.
Fishing a FAD is an art, only learned over time and experience, as everyone has it`s different characteristics, depending on the location and depth of water.
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