National Geographic : 1977 Jul
His calling card could read: "JohnL. Colson, Sr. - crabber,sturgeon fisher, turtle trapper, and bulkhead builder." Juggling river jobs since childhood,Jake, 45, stillfashions a living almost entirely from the Suwannee. Onawarmdayhe might load his boat with traps (left) and searchfor logs where cooters- turtles- bake in the sun. A catch of 40 can bring $100. Jake also fashions concrete slabs that brace shoreline in the town of Suwannee. His offspring and in-laws lend muscle (below). At times as many as ten crowd the Colsons' tiny cottage. After a full day, Jake sinks into exhausted reverie (right).