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

A fine morning to go fishing with the sun rising above Culduie on a cold and crisp day. Forecast for later on this week is for a blast of northerly winds so thought I better secure the menu board for this week. I suspect I will be landing bigger sizes to the Inn as the fishing is so poor. It is a lot quieter now at the Inn with me heading home not long after 9 last night. Still an enjoyable shift, the feature being Cheffie’s roast lobster. That table really enjoyed themselves, eating scallops,oysters,lobster and prawns, with a little champagne and wine thrown in. With more time to chat you produce the photos of the squats more often and tell where they tend to be caught in relation to the prawns and what happens to them before they get to the table.

It has been a while since I have caught a conger eel. It does not seem to matter about depth but they does seem to like “dirty” ground. They like crevices and rough ground.

He is not one to tangle with and I tend to put them straight back over the side from the creel. If they get a hold of a finger them you are looking for a replacement. I have never tasted one but I do believe they are regarded as a delicacy when salted. May have a word with cheffie now things are getting quieter to see if he will cook one up. Have to admit I have a problem killing these animals and to do so must have a purpose.

While listening to the radio on in the background today I picked up on a discussion about the Jimmy Saville Fiasco and it was about the need for a scape goat and what was interesting was a little of the origins of the word. One explanation seemingly is to be found in the Book of Leviticus where two goats are selected. One is sacrificed and the other is sent out to the wilderness with every ones sins on its head. It is given red tassels to wear and when they bleach in the sun then every ones sins are absolved. The psychology of people wanting a scapegoat for just about everything, in this case the DG of the BBC, for JS’s alleged evil is symptomatic for some people. I see a bit of that in my own situation at the moment. So if you see me wandering about on the slopes of Bienne Bhan with red tassels hanging from my sun hat you will know why. Applecross made the WHFP this week again, with the letter from the Trust making its way there and the now obligatory quote from the blog. Nervous to be in the spotlight so much but it was ok as I have and always will call for meaningful partnership for the future of the community.

Annual Trading Standards inspection went well today at the Filling Station. Electrical Certificate, Wet Stock records, Insurance and the general running of the Station were all remarked on and I think it is a credit to the community as a whole for using it despite the fact we can get cheaper fuel elsewhere, the volunteers who run it even in the difficult circumstances of poorer than expected soft ware and back up from Gilbarco, and the guys who rescued the unit from being mothballed by applying for the refurbishment grants.It was my task to make sure the wet stock was in order and true to form I end up with a proper humdinger of a headache. It is amazing what you can do when it is for something bigger. I only had 6 entries to finish off and check the stats. We have a variance of .011 at the moment. The Filling Station is a classic win/win situation which we can all learn from.

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