A view on Fishing,Community and Life on the NW coast of Scotland

Back Fishing

After taking the dogs out, feeding the hens and a quick look at the forecast I reckoned to a day’s fishing. The BBC inshore was still giving 5 to 7 south westerly but it did appear to be a bit quieter and tomorrow is certainly a wipe out with severe westerly gales forecast. Managed to haul 300 creels before the weather closed in late afternoon. I started on a fleet that I had not hauled for about 2 and a half months and it was not too bad with only a 7 creel tangle on the south end to sort out . The weather was quiet so not too bad to do, mainly slow methodical work.

Hauled the 2 fleets I baited on monday and there did seem to be a little improvement in the catch. I carried on up towards Sand working my way through the gear with only a couple of cormorants and gulls for company. The only little surprise of the day was a lobster in my second last fleet. He stayed on board long enough for a photo and he then went back over the side. I catch only about 2 or 3 a year when they move of the shore to deeper water to avoid the winter storms. I think they are beautiful animals and cannot bring myself to either sell or eat them, a little quirky but there it is.

Unfortunately the wind got up while I was hauling the last fleet of the day and sod’s law meant there was a big 10 creel tangle on the south end. Took a good hour to clear, landing on my bum a few times as it got quite bumpy. Splashed my way home around half 3, moored up and landed about 6 kgs of small prawns at the Inn which will keep them going over the weekend.I keep the larger ones for the Spanish market landing them once a week to the Shieldaig Export  marketing co-op. Judy will get the medium prawns for her other venture in Drum, the Lewiston Inn. I have tried to sell as much of my catch locally as possible. It does seem strange to send quality food abroad. Tea was very satisfying this evening as it was crab and squat lobster in a sweet chilli sauce served with rice.

The Dumplings and Bingo at the Inn tonight will not be graced with my presence, instead it is Transatlantic Sessions and an early night.

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