from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who uses a gill net to catch fish.
- n. Nautical A boat used in fishing with gill nets.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who owns or uses gill-nets.
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He then worked full-time on a gill-netter for minimum wage and a share of the catch.
The gill-netter would take five hundred in one drift, come in to the cannery loaded to the guards, find himself up against a limit.
Washington salmon battles had reached the point where a state officer shot a gill-netter who was illegally fishing off the Kitsap Peninsula.
"even if," he says, "you discount the hate mail from spin-casters and the stray gill-netter."