welcome to IA, Everything else you said is apt and more than welcome, except for, "i have seen people catch fish using nets so i thought i'd give it a try. " No sir! No nets. If they were being used this place would be called Indian commercial fishing or Indainfisherman, Not indian angler. anyway to each his own, suit yourself. In my opinion keep what you need and leave the rest to live, be it anywhere. C and R is the best way if good food is available.
Anyway, welcome here, I hope you have a blast and meet some nice folk. I DID!