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

A Good 500 Day

Southerly breeze on thursday put the fishing plan back a day. Wednesday’s community meetings and evening at the Inn meant that I was not able to get down to the boat and do some creel work. Meant this morning a bit more to do before starting the day’s haul. As it turned out the southerly was just a touch too much and after putting the fleet together I just headed north, shot it away and headed back in. So no squats until friday, but that was remedied today with my 500 haul.

Was at the pier doing a bit of extra cleaning as I had two guests on board for the day. Known John, as he is a regular Applecross man, over the years and met Ian this week. So the chef and optician jumped on board and off we went with the warning I would be hauling a couple of extra fleets to make up for the missing days in the week so far. Again the slight improvement continues and there a little hope that there may be an autumn fishing this year. The last 4/5 years taking out the berried prawns it was hardly worth going out after October came in. Very efficient day with everything going to plan, some large prawns were caught. The cd was for a Facebook posting seeing it looks a bit random.

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In the afternoon John noticed a couple of skuas giving a gull a hard time. It has been a while since I have seen  skuas chasing the gulls for bait. They now bypass the gulls and just take the old bait straight from me. A couple of minutes later John saw the skua on the water pecking at the dead gull. It looked like this year’s black back, one that never made it.IMG_5128 These skuas are fascinating birds but vicious. Called pirates for a reason. The guys seemed to enjoy themselves, maybe a dip in enthusiasm about fleets 7 to 9 but recovered well and some langoustine are heading down to the Sun Inn tomorrow.http://thesuninnedinburgh.co.uk/

Nice and quiet by the late afternoon and seems to be the calm before the storm.

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Nasty weather forecast for the weekend, coming in on Saturday evening and supposed to be blowing hard on Sunday and Monday.http://www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/IV54_8LU Direction seems to be just ok as there is quite a lot of west rather than northwest in the prediction. Had a nice chat with the neighbours, here for the fortnight. Been a couple of years since the Les and Brian have been up and good to catch up despite sitting in the conservatoire smelling of fish. Dougal was at his most charming and won a couple of fans. Relaxed chat and as they are really interested about what goes on here Les asked how the affordable house sites were getting on. When you live in a place like Applecross time tramps on and you realise that absolutely nothing has been progressed since they were last here. Makes you aware that patience is so necessary living here if you want to get anything done. So all that needed to be done was to cook off the mussels garnered from the hull of the dinghy. and watch Glasgow score a last-minute try to beat Ulster in the Celtic League.  Early night as it will be around the 500 tomorrow with a busy shift as Gerry’s Duathlon is taking place and the Inn will be busy. Mind you when is it not?http://applecrossduathlon.com/

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