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

Leaving Lunch

Long day just about over still need to wind down as it was quite busy this evening, and that was after hauling 450 pots today. Early start due to a late lunch invite from Eleanor as it was her last day in Applecross. Lovely quiet morning going out and actually stayed that way despite the forecast for a southerly breeze.

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Rattled through the gear trying to keep clear of the thick rafts of scalders the creels were coming through.

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Had to watch the stings as there was just enough breeze to spray the tendrils about. You do get used to them with a general stinging on any exposed skin that builds up over the day.

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As well as trawling and dredging another current issue and I am pretty sure it is going to become more prominent will be the establishing of MPAs which are Marine Protected Areas. It is easy for me to back these as when I first started fishing on the Sound there was one already established, the BUTEC Range. Not every time you haul creels on the edge of the Range but often the fishing is far better than anywhere else, as was the case yesterday.

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Could not comment on any of the other areas but predict that local fishermen will be against them as outside bodies will try to establish these safe havens, from Gibraltar to The Sound of Barra. Had a couple of watchful passengers for most of the day.

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Made it to lunch, only 10 mins late and as I was thinking about it all afternoon I ordered thai squats curry and Eleanor and Weston decided to go for it as well and the order was completed by a squats in garlic. Lovely lunch chatting away mainly about life in Applecross and Florida, learned a little about Huckins’ yachts, www.huckinsyacht.com/, one of which Weston skippers for her owner, and then it was cheerio to Eleanor for another year.

Straight from lunch to work and two or three groups booked in as well as the residents. Bit harder for us out front as it was raining and guys had to wait for tables. Even by Applecross Inn standards the compliments were flying in. We had a lot of Europeans in and they were really appreciating the food and atmosphere. Langoustines and squats got a good going over, as did the halibut and scallops. Then Josh came in looking for the Doc. Fortunately she had eaten and was having a coffee on table 2. Josh had picked up a cyclist whose bike had stopped in the Lonbain cattle grid, unfortunately she did not, result, broken collarbone. Know the pain as I managed to break my collarbone and dislocate my shoulder playing badminton in Plockton Village Hall many years ago and it was sore. It was a bit of a shame as they had done 96 miles that day, having come from the Ullapool ferry and had almost made it to their destination. So it was an ambulance call out and she heads off to Raigmore, I headed out to pickup the bikes and Crawford and Cameron staying the night at the schoolhouse, not before Judith supplies them with soup and sandwiches at the Inn. Schoolhouse is becoming a regular stopping off point for guys passing through.

Now it is Friday morning with a creel wash and evening shift on the cards. Very uninspiring feel to the day. grey and wet, just dreich. Only other thing of note is Dougal has gone to Beauly for his holidays. Be reading the Press and Journal for any incidents.

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