A sure and certain way of getting your fish, this. La Dombe, a little place?
GV. Group of fishermen at small pool left over from Lake.
LV. Pulling net towards land.
CV. Men take fish from lake.
Nearer V. Ditto and men with basket of fish.
SV. Men catches fish with net-placed on trough for sorting.
CU. Scooping up fish.
CU. Being tipped into trough.
LV. Man scoops up fish.
CU. On to trough for sorting.
CU. Pan from type sorting fish.
CU. BIG. fish into basket.
LV. Man carries away basket of fish.
GV. Ditto walks towards scales.
???. Fish basket on to scales, to weigh.
SCU. Takes basket off scales.
LV. Fish emptied into tank on wagon.
GV. Two men walk with baskets of fish.
SV. Placing on scales.
LV. Fish emptied into tank.
LV. Fish gathering still in progress.
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Background: A sure and certain way of getting your fish, this. La Dombe, a little place about 50 km from Lyon, has a reputation for a special kind of fishing.
There are about eight hundred lakes in the district, which are all drained every two years on rotation basis. As the water goes down the fish are more or less stranded, and it is no difficult matter to concentrate the "catch" in a small puddle encircled by a net. The fish are then scooped up, put into baskets, and then carried away across the mud for weighing and loading on ??? a horse and cart.
When a lake is drained and fished it is usually sown with oats or corn for a season or so, before flooding again for fish production.
On average, about ten tons of fish are recovered from each lake.