Commercial Fishing on the Mississippi River
Ramer Fish Company
|Dragging the bottom to find the rope on the net, a marker makes finding the rope fairly easy.|
|Heavy weight with hooks used to snag the rope on the hoop net. Nets are fastened to bottom and trail with the current.|
|Fish are very much alive when the nets are raised.|
|Bud's employee pulls up net. Hoop net allows fish to swim in, but they can not swim out.|
|Certain times of the year the catch is almost exclusively catfish.|
|Only catfish of a certain length range maybe kept.|
|Electric pump keeps oxygen in the tank.|
Some of the smaller catfish.
Larger catfish appeared to be more common.
Another heavy load of catfish.
Peaceful backwater area looks like a large stream.
Threading a large flat-bottom boat through fallen timber is not always easy.
Through the Tough Spot.
Nice view of shoreline.
Hung-up on the sand in shallow area, Bud gets through.
Sand piles up in backwater.
Time to push with a strong pole.
Boathouses along Latsch Island.
Close-up of the wagon bridge that is being refurbished
DNR Article about Bud Ramer I like this quote: "Ramer attributes his good fortune to salesmanship and a constant search for new markets. "Any idiot can go out and catch a boatload of fish," Ramer says. "The real trick is finding someone who'll pay for them."
WDN Article from the Day of His Funeral