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

Full day.

Yesterday was a complete day off although not tremendously enjoyable as I have so much to do and did not do anything. Also knowing that the Inn has not langoustine does not help, but fishing and weather more than “can’t be bothered” is dictating this. Reckon I have done well in keeping the prawns on the menu board for so long this summer especially as the fishing has been so poor. We have caught about half the amount of small prawns throughout the season resulting in using the bigger sizes to keep them on the board. Had a “Calum Roberts” moment when I was chatting to guys over from Achmore on Sunday. Just talking about this and that when inevitably it gets round to how bad the fishing is and Duncan mentioned that he had a week out on the Boy John B and thought the wage at the end of the week was ok but the skipper thought the fishing was terrible. Classic degrading of the baseline when some one new comes into a fishery and as he gets paid well thinks all is ok but the skipper who has been there for a decade and more sees that it is a lot poorer than previously. He is basing his assessment on stocks while the young guy is basing his ideas of how good things are on dosh made that week.

Back on the water this morning. Reflections were looking good in the calm morning light.

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Planned a long day as there is not much doing for the rest of the week weather wise. All went well until the seventh fleet when a hauler pipe burst. Fairly regular occurrence so it was into to the focsle for a spare pipe. As per usual nothing at sea is regular and it was a right struggle to get the old one-off. Shot the half fleet back and hung onto the end while stilson, spanner and hammer were put to good use. Eventually after a fair bit of effort and a couple of sweary words got both ends off and fitted new pipe on. Unfortunately ended up with more work for Sarah as I felt a muscle pull in the arm, old injury. Just hauled one more fleet after that as the fishing was still rubbish and little incentive to stay out in the strengthening southerly. Dogs out to the Devil’s Bit Scabious field where there were several lighter ones

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and along with the honey suckle, good smells.

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Up to the Inn after a bit of toast and a shower to a less than busy evening. Busy enough with only a couple of people waiting a short time for tables. It is funny that when langoustine are in short supply people want them even more so the 9 kilos that were landed late afternoon hardly last the day and if it was not for the mussel delivery would have been sold out by the time I land tomorrow, if out. The light around 8.30pm caught the eye. Although no sun out the whole region was pink with the sea showing a pink tinge as well.

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Definite autumn feel and the lopi was back out for an airing.

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