Sculling is a Fine Art
How do you scull a boat and what is sculling?
Sculling is the fine art of moving a boat up and down the river by moving an oar at the back of the boat. Sculling was used long before boat motors were available. As the late Hugh Herring, Jr. explained; "it's all in the wrist."
In the April 19, 1979 edition of the Geneva County Reaper, the late Ira Talbert said sculling is an art.
“First of all you need a good oar with a thin blade. You have to get comfortable. You put the blade in the water flat and move it edge-wise in a figure eight. You make an eight in the water, more or less. There are two ways to scull that I know of - figure eight and flat – they’re about the same. The boat is important too. You need a light weight boat with a wake...a flat bottom drags too bad. Just get comfortable and it comes naturally.”
Traditionally sculling is not for speed. A good sculler can make a top speed of four miles an hour in still/calm water. The skill is a valuable one for fisherman to learn. It leaves one hand free for fishing and takes almost no effort to move a light boat up and down the river.
If anyone can scull a boat, come to the Festival On The Rivers, Saturday, April 29th, to watch or compete, at Robert Fowler Memorial Park in Geneva, it’s the Annual World Championship Sculling Contest at 11:00 a.m.
A trophy and a cash prize will be awarded to the first place winner, second and third place winners will receive cash prizes only.
This world championship event is sponsored by The Geneva River Rats. Thanks and see you there!!!
The question has been asked many times over the years.. how does one fiddle for worms.
As my granny Lula showed us many years ago when we ran out of fish bait while fishing it’s really quite simple.
You find a shaded damp area of ground then find a stob/large stick or pipe, whatever is handy, and drive it into the ground. Then find another similar object and rub it over the one in the ground, making the ground vibrate. This brings the worms to the top of the ground so you can pick them up and use them for fish bait.
If you cannot get any worms at the chosen spot, just move on to another spot and try the same thing. Worm fiddlin' was once upon a time simply called snoring for worms. If you can do this, you eliminate having to go to the store to purchase worms to continue your fishing trip.
Now, if you think you can fiddle for worms come down to the 42nd Annual Festival On The Rivers and try your hand at it during the Annual Worm Fiddlin' Contest held Saturday, April 29th at 9:05 a.m. at Robert Fowler Memorial Park in Geneva, AL.
Thanks to our Worm Fiddlin' sponsor