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

Glass Calm

These are the perfect days for fishing. Not too sunny or hot and glass calm. The glass calm bit being the most important as you routinely go from fleet to fleet. Weather is crucial to living and working here. I am often pulled up when asked if the forecast is good and if it is not windy then it is “good’. But seems other people need more than this for their happiness like sun and warmth. I am going to instigate several phrases like “a good fishing day” is simply calm although if you are ashore there will be midges. “Good day ashore” means lovely sunny day but breezy if not windy. “Aron weather” warm and sunny, just right for ice cream.

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There is so much to the job that is automatic that you are usually somewhere else. Radio4 had a poor day with only the Book of the week, “The Cooked Seed” and the Paul Temple mystery catching the ear. Still waiting for my first dolphins of the year although there have been sightings from the shore and both north in Torridon and south in the Sound of Sleat. One thing that has been missing this year are the jelly fish, both the scalders and the more common ones. this is the third year there are very few about. That is bucking the predictions as we fish out everything else there is supposed to be an increase in jelly fish and algal blooms. The blooms are about as mussels and oysters have been periodically coming off the menu at the Inn. Only sightings today were the other boats trying to catch a few prawns. I was led out by DJ on the Grace Anne

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and the Boy John B from Plockton

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along with the Mairead M from Kyle passed south in the afternoon.

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All went well until the last fleet,my 9th, which was foul on someone’s gear and not retied properly. that means you have to go to the other end and with a couple of cuts and splices you rejoin the two halves and shoot it back. Did not haul the last one…always another day, as it was a shift at the Inn in the evening. On the way in before the wash down the line of hopefuls gather for the last titbits of the day.

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Mind you if not looking they would grab anything they could get their beaks on. Realised this morning that I may be getting too fond of Aron’s ice creams as, at 10am, I thought it was an ice cream day with working at the Inn. The strawberries and cream and hazelnut ice creams are top combo at the moment, a tricky choice when there can be up to eight different flavours on the go at the same time. Over heard a conversation at the Inn discussing the ice creams Aron donated to the Lunch Club and seems they met with universial acclaim. “Obviously made by a professional.”made me smile. Pretty knackered by the time I got home last night and it was almost straight to bed without a wind down but also safe in the knowledge the forecast was fairly poor and fishing was not anticipated. This broken weather suits my way of fishing where hauling a few extra creels is followed by day’s recovery which includes doing something completely different. “Gindependence Day” today which will mean there will be a few casualties tomorrow with the only thing affecting me will be a longer shift tonight.

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