Those Ellusive Crab and Prawn Traps

Written by Valerie Giles

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After a wonderful sleep onrepparttar water, we got uprepparttar 150544 next morning, had breakfast and decided to spendrepparttar 150545 morning at a nearby weekend market. This market is held every Saturday duringrepparttar 150546 summer season, and hobby farmers and crafters come from all overrepparttar 150547 area to display and sell their wares. It really is quite fun.

Up camerepparttar 150548 boat anchor and off we went. As we motored we watched for floating logs and other traps. It wasn't too long before Jan cried out. "The trap,repparttar 150549 trap. There is our trap!" Sure enough as we circle back, there wasrepparttar 150550 trap that had been lostrepparttar 150551 previous weekend. We came alongsiderepparttar 150552 float, and slowedrepparttar 150553 motor. My husband went torepparttar 150554 aft ofrepparttar 150555 boat and began pulling inrepparttar 150556 line overrepparttar 150557 transom. It was very heavy.

He pulled and pulled. Slowlyrepparttar 150558 line came up and intorepparttar 150559 boat, but no sign yet ofrepparttar 150560 trap. Oh, my goodness. Did this mean thatrepparttar 150561 trap was full to overflowing with prawns that had been trapped forrepparttar 150562 last seven days? If so, we were in for a very large feast that night. Pull, pull and pull some more. By this time my husband's brow was wet with sweat, and his brand new Hugo Boss white boating shirt was getting splattered with mud and seaweed that was coming up withrepparttar 150563 line.

Finally after several minutes of pulling, he could just make outrepparttar 150564 shape ofrepparttar 150565 trap. There was a large whitish-gray mass coming up withrepparttar 150566 trap. But what could it be? Was it a log? Was it a block of cement that a commercial trapper had put in? Was it a seal, trapped inrepparttar 150567 pot? It was still too far down to see clearly. He pulled some more. As it was getting closer and within reach,repparttar 150568 line snapped fromrepparttar 150569 strain. My husband was thrown back towardsrepparttar 150570 other side ofrepparttar 150571 boat andrepparttar 150572 mud went flying everywhere!

It was lost! The trap and its contents, whatever they might have been, were gone. Our mouths stopped watering. There would be no prawns for dinner once again. We've puzzled over this one for a long time. What was in that trap that made it so heavy? I guess we will never know.

And our friends, Jan and Hank, have purchased and lost several more traps since this experience. They tell us that they have enjoyed many dinners on their Bayliner complements of their traps, but they never seem to catch anything when we are out with them. Strange coincidence or not?! Maybe it is just one of those

fishing stories!

Valerie Giles owns and operates Boats, Anchors and More a boating resource site featuring boat accessories, fishing lure manufacturers and inflatable boats. Everything you need for the boating season. The accompanying article is copyrighted. It may be reproduced only if the hyperlinks here are left intact.

Altinkum Property Boom - It's Time to Start Living the Life You've Imagined

Written by Laura Bower - Turquoise Homes

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The local investment is seeing a major return. Apartments and villas are realising a year-on-year increase of as much as 30 percent, and two bedroom apartments which were available in 2000 for £6,000 are now asking upwards of £25,000. The area has seen its first sale of a single property over £200,000, and while this is still remarkably cheap to European eyes, it marks a major achievement for Altinkum, posting its entrance intorepparttar same league as Bodrum and Fethiye, which have been established property hotspots for many years.

Altinkumís future is assured. The once-seasonal holiday town, deserted in winter by all but a few, now has a wealth of full-time expat residents. The more confident restaurateurs are staying too, providing excellent food and a place to meet throughoutrepparttar 150543 winter. The biggest hotel in Altinkum held its first New Yearís Eve party this year, and next year promises a yet larger crowd to please as more and more buyers takerepparttar 150544 plunge and choose Turkey for Christmas.

Author: Laura Bower Original Article:

Laura Bower is originally from South-West London and following an idyllic surburban upbringing was educated at the University of Manchester. She currently lives and works in Altinkum in Turkey, where she enjoys a beautiful sea view from her office window. Laura is most proud of her english winter-white tan that bears witness to her dedication to her work - copywriting and designing content for the website of an Altinkum-based real estate agency.

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