Every day before going out to sea, cod fishermen prepared the trolley line with the bait they had received, lowered the dories and went nimbly among the sea waves in search of cod.
Day after day they levered their fishing gear in the hope of making a good catch. To have a little more bait for the line, they took advantage of the fish and mollusks that came in the stomach of the codfish that they fished with the zagaia.
António Cereja Oliveira remembers how one of his comrades of the ship Labrador lost everything, his fishing gear and cod, when the loaded dory sank right on the edge of the ship. It is also recalled that they had to pay attention to sharks when fishing in Newfoundland.