Calusa Net Model

A model of the full size Calusa net above. Great for teaching.  Quickly breaks down for easy transport and storage. Features float pegs, anchor stones, stand up float pegs, wooden “gourd” net markers and real arch shell net weights.  Stands on a wood base. May be used...

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Calusa Fish Net

A fish net was the tool of choice for catching large quantities of fish in open water – bays, lakes, ponds and large streams. Floating gourds marked the net’s location, shells kept the net on the bottom, and stone weights clustered on the poles kept the net down. The...

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Fish Trap

A fence of sticks across a small stream directed fish through an opening that lead into the fish trap. When the trap is full, the pointed end is untied and the fish are removed. The trap is retied and used over and over again.br / Traps were often made of saplings...

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Stone Net Sinker

Stone sinkers were attached to the bottom of a net to keep it on the bottom of the water. A single sinker was attached to a hook and line to keep it in place in swiftly flowing water. This style of sinker is made of limestone and is common in coastal areas in Middle...

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Bone Fish Hooks with String

Bone fish hooks were used by prehistoric people for several thousand years in North America. Most bone hooks were made from deer leg or toe bones. As always, our hook shapes and sizes are based on archaeological finds. The Bone Fish Hook Kit, produced by Tools From...

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Bone Fish Gorge with String

A fish gorge is basically a straight fishhook. The gorge was laid parallel along side the string and bait was wrapped around the string and entire bone point. When the fish swallows the bait, the string is pulled and the gorge lodges in the fish's throat. The gorge is...

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Fish Harpoon

A harpoon was used for large fish swimming through a narrow opening in a stick fence, in a stream called a weir, or in a high concentration of spawning fish. The harpoon head (pictured) made by Tools From The Earth is on a six-foot long wooden shaft. $355.00  

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Ice Fishing Decoy

Fish decoys made of shell have been found on archaeological sites in the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. The decoy was tied to a string dangled from a short stick and moved, or "jigged" in the water through a hole cut in the ice. When a fish came up...

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