I saw this process on my first time in Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora; unfortunately, I did not have a camera then so I did not get to document the fishing tradition Pukot.
You could easily spot fishing by the process of Pukot at Sabang Beach when you see people lining up and pulling a rope from the sea.
The following are the procedure on how they perform the Pukot:
- A boat carrying a lambat (fish net) would go to the sea and place it such that it is widely spread to catch fish.
- The lambat is then tied to two ropes extending to the beach where people could pull it.
- The people have this simple device consisting of a slab of wood to be placed at the back of the puller tied with a rope on the two ends of the wood. The rope is then tied together and will be tied to the rope that extends to the sea.
- The pullers then tie the rope from their device and when they reach the end of the line, they release the rope and go to the front and tie the rope again. The knot to tie the device is actually very simple.
- As the Lambat gets closer and closer to the shore, the two lines of pullers also get nearer to each other. This is controlled by the person at the end of the rope.
- When the Lambat is at the beach the pullers will then let go of their simple device and then pull using their bare hands.
- The end of the Lambat is then guided by their commander until it arrives at shore.
- They will then collect the catch on a pale/basket and filter the catch.
- Then they will all gather to see the catch.
Who can participate in the Pukot?
Every abled body person can join in the Pukot. Even ordinary tourists can be a puller.
That is a man’s job, any part for females? You could be the controller.
What is in it for me? If you help out in the pulling of the Lambat, they will give you a handful portion of the catch. But you can get more if the catch was good.
Bawal ang magutom sa Baler.
Why do they need to filter the catch?
With the growing number of tourists in Sabang Beach along with it grows the number of trash available. That is why they also filter the trash.
So why are there fishes in the to be disposed picture? Take a closer look at the fishes, they are actually small puffer fish and is poisonous if not prepared well.
After all the processes are done then comes the cleaning up crew.
Does Pukot happen all year round?
Nope. They only do this during Habagat monsoon or when the waves are not strong. Thus if it’s surf season, it is not Pukot season. This is according to my trusty tour guide/tricycle driver Kuya Ramir.
According to him, the Pukot usually got good catch before, that not even one of the buckets are enough to fill them up.
Read the other post in my Baler, Aurora series
- Baler, Aurora Backpackers Budget and Itinerary (Helpful)
- Baler, Aurora’s Do-It-Yourself Travel Guide (Helpful)
- Baler Accommodation List (Helpful)
- 8 Must Do Activities in Baler, Aurora
- Participating in a fishing tradition in Baler
- Whole Day Tricycle Tour Around Baler, Aurora
- Sunrise Walk at Sabang Beach, Baler
- Baler’s PAGASA Weather Station
- Cleaners of Baler