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

Nothing Much (Part 2)

Mid way through the day at 5pm, ashore from a strange day’s fishing. After the first 4 fleets of creels I was for coming in as the catch was so poor but working up the Bank it improved a little making the decision to stay out the right one. So far it has been a poor year for the prawn fishery and from what I am hearing this is not just locally. Still enough for the appearance of the occasional octopus.


The prices have held up although I am hearing one of the buyers from the Skye Bridge area has gone down. Speaking to some guys at the Inn this afternoon after landing the prawns and they were from Chicago, living in Perthshire. Got married in Culloden House Hotel and wanted lobster but could not get any as they needed three days notice because they were off to Spain, lobsters that is. Crazy world. A home market being bypassed and I am not sure why. Any one know what fish these are? They are becoming more plentiful.


Deep water and soft fleshed with two long tendrils and always cannot handle the pressure change. A little bit of colour mid day coming down the Sound.


Quite a sensible night with spare tables most of the night as the weather was good and a breeze from the north kept the midges away until after food was over. Lots of good conversations about langoustine, creel caught , of course, the guys that come to Applecross are well versed in what they eat and it is good to see such an interest in the food they are eating. There is a huge debate about how we grow our food and GMO is turning out not to be the saviour of the world that it has been sold as.  From reports coming out of USA GMO yields in some instances are lower and use more pesticides than”normal” crops but we are being bombarded with PR about how this is the only way. Small actually produces more per acre and uses less carbon but industrial farming pays well for that industry. Crofting?? I am off fishing now as three rants in a row is too much.

Comments on: "Nothing Much (Part 2)" (4)

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      I would recognise what we call “poor man’s cod” and that is a shore/shallow fish. It may well be some species of pouting. We regularly catch and use as bait what we call “Norway Pout”. This is white and not so “eel like”. The colouring is not quite right and the fish were caught in about 140 mtres.

  1. I know i’m a bit late on this but those fish are definitely Greater Forkbeards


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