"A similar trap, although much smaller coves should be seen at Tom’s Creek on the western edge of Hammonassett State Park. Similar fish traps were also set in Clinton Harbor. The Tom’s Creek trap consists of a stonewall jutting into the creek and across it. In small creeks, the traps resembled a basket into which fish were directed. They were constructed from dried reeds or smooth brush. It is a modern fishing gear type that survives to present day -- the collapsible fyke net. The modern fyke resembles these Native American basket types.
from: The First Shad Fishery© by Timothy C. Visel, Coordinator The Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center http://www.soundschool.com/firstshad.pdf