It was very different, however, between the end of Tamsui as the biggest seaport in Taiwan and the beginning of Taipei MRT operation, Tamsui was a leisurely-paced town with its residents going about daily activities that included fishing in and along Tamsui River.
Only the 榕堤 still brings back memories for old-time Tamsui-lang. It is one small section along the River, near the end of the walkway distal from the MRT Station, a cool spot with old giant 榕 trees providing shades even in the harshest of all summertime. This had always been a popular fishing spot for children and adults alike.
For shoreline fishing, long skinny bamboo poles without the reels were used. The baits were usually fresh earthworms or seaworms. The latter were aplenty on the riverside after the tides receded. One simply dug around the sand to find them and collect them in a tin can.
To assemble your own fishing pole, the art of knot-tying is crucial. It was done by using a piece of sufficiently long size AA nylon thread (so the sinker could rest on the bottom of the River), a steel hook, and a lead sinker.
|First, a fish hook was selected - its size depended on|
how ambitious you were, or more practically,
what kind of fish you wished to catch
|You'd also need a lead sinker, the bullet type with a metal ring|
were preferred to those olive-shaped with only a tiny hole drilled through
the center from top to bottom
|How to tie the hook using Size A thread|
|This copper double ring was used to link the hook and |
the sinker on one end,
and the other, to the tip of the fishing pole