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

At Sea

After a stormy saturday and windy sunday it took a little while to settle down before I went out this morning. It is one of the many advantages of working on your own. You do not have the pressure of finding enough prawns for another man’s wage and you can decide to go out without messing someone else’s day about. You do have to be fairly single minded, being broke also helps in deciding. Spoke to Taddy at the shop on saturday and he told me it was a steady 50 knts at mid day. There was just enough westerly to not worry too much about the moorings.

Managed to get 250 pots back fishing to add to the 300 I hauled on friday. There was very little in them and some creels need to come ashore for a wash and recondition. May do some of that on wednesday as the next wind is forecast then. Had a bit of trouble with my hauler knife on the last fleet with the rope jamming in the discs. Sorted it out on the way in along with my music. I tend to listen to radio 4 in the morning and then my ipod in the afternoon. I was having a problem with my itrip connection but hopefully got that sorted as well. Lost without the sounds. The technological advances are brilliant allowing you to make your own playlists…best radio ever and shuffle is good fun in that all the tracks are good but you don’t know what ‘s next….simple pleasures

Compared to the old days we have so much stuff at our fingertips, whether it is a sounder telling us the depth and ground definition, the plotter telling us where we are, radio for safety and info, autohelm, invaluable for a single man boat and life rafts, jackets etc. Although I am very grateful for all the help I think it removes me a little from the natural surrounds. My dad and his generation had to be far more aware of their environment. Herring was caught by looking for the natural phenomenon like the plankton or sea bird activity. ‘Chasing the fire’ was the descriptive term they used for finding the plankton the herring would be feeding on. It is possibly the overuse of technology that has put the stocks under so much pressure and you do wonder how much more they can take.

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