sters, and snails.
There was not a single fish weighing more than half a jin.
After the first round of fishing, the net box was still empty, and not even the small bucket in front of them was filled.
“Xiaoyang, I told you to listen to me, but you didn’t.
Now, you see, we got nothing,” joked third uncle Jing.
“Yeah, Xiaoyang doesn’t have experience.
We already knew yesterday when we cast the net that it wouldn’t work.
How can you expect to catch anything with just one round of fishing?” added another person.
Everyone was talking, and even Jing Tian’s face didn’t look good.
Although she was mentally prepared for the possibility of not catching anything, the fact that they didn’t even get a single fish was beyond her expectations.
Their luck was just too bad.
Yang Xiaolong didn’t care about what they were saying because he had already explored the situation below with the blue-ringed octopus.
The reason why he set the net in a circle was to catch a group of mackerel, which he had located the previous night.
There were about forty to fifty mackerel feeding in this area.
However, he didn’t immediately set the net because mackerel like to swim in groups, and if one of them gets scared, it could lead to the entire group scattering.
Although he had the blue-ringed octopus, he couldn’t rely on a small octopus to intercept a group of fish that were many times stronger than it.
To avoid alerting the fish, Yang Xiaolong deliberately set up a large trap not far from the fish school.
He surrounded the trap with five fishing nets, forming a fence-like structure, leaving only a small opening that was a must-pass.
This way, he could wait for the fish to swim into the trap.
After more than ten minutes, the second net was also pulled up.
This time it was a bit better than the first one, with several sea bass and barracuda, but still a loss.
Compared to Yang Xiaolong, Third Uncle Jing was now in high spirits, as his catch was relatively bountiful.
On the other hand, Jing Tian silently picked up the fish, not saying a word since the first net was pulled up, feeling a bit down.
After some time, the winch was prepared to pull up the third net.
“Xiaoyang, why don’t we leave the remaining nets for a while longer? Maybe if we give it more time, we’ll get a better catch,” Third Uncle Jing suggested kindly.
“No, let’s just pull it up,” replied Xiaoyang.
Seeing Xiaoyang’s persistence, Third Uncle Jing didn’t continue to argue.
He pulled the lever of the winch and the third net slowly emerged from the water.
The others lost interest and considered the lack of fish as a certainty, except for Jing Tian, who kept her eyes fixed on the net being pulled up, still holding a glimmer of hope.
Just as everyone was disregarding the net, Jing Tian suddenly shouted out loud.
“Fish! We got a fish!”
As soon as the third net was pulled up, a slender, sharp-mouthed fish was caught and brought up, flapping on the deck with its belly up.
“Sea bass, another one.”
“Yellow croaker, wow, this one must weigh at least two catties.”
“More catch, horse mackerel, and more than one.”
As the group watched, their attention was drawn to the catch by Jing Tian’s shouts.
Yang Xiaolong could clearly see the transition from disappointment to shock on their faces.
Except for Jing Tian, Third Uncle Jing was the most shocked.
His facial expression changed faster than a chat emoticon, and he kept muttering, “This shouldn’t be possible? How is this even possible?”
“Don’t just stand there, hurry up and help,” Yang Xiaolong urged as the fish began to pile up.
“Xiaolong, you must have gotten incredibly lucky,” one of them said.
“Yeah, this is unbelievable.
I’ve been at sea for over a decade and I’ve never seen so much catch from a single fishing net,” another added.
Yang Xiaolong smiled and said, “I’m not sure, it’s just good luck.”
In the following nets, more than forty horse mackerels were caught, each weighing seven or eight catties, and several were over ten catties.
In addition to the horse mackerels, there were also many other types of fish caught, including seven or eight sea bass, stone dogs, black pomfrets, and small yellow croakers.
Overall, this net had made up for the cost of fuel and this trip was not in vain.
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