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

Thinking back on why I have ended up being a fisherman I really have no idea but after a day on the water I am clear in the fact that I want to continue as one. The Menu board at the Inn has been bothering me for a week or two now


and this week especially it did not ring true. So although a wee bit shaky from yesterday’s migraine, a late but lovely morning was under way by 9am.



A few fat boys resting on the rocks in front of Culduie.


Out of the mooring to the middle bank to haul creels I have not seen since before new year. Passing the Nemesis with her flock of attendant cormorants waiting for the bait,


although they do not wait but dive down to meet the creel on the way up and grab the pout through the mesh, luckily they do not enjoy prawns. Sunlight to the north of Portree in the morning


but the light into the afternoon changed


and changed


and changed again.


Day went not too bad although I have just short of two fleets missing, both buoys gone on one fleet and just five creels on another with the other end gone as well. Fifteen years ago I would have thought this would be disastrous, now I reckon I will get them back in a couple of weeks, with a bit of hassle no doubt,but I should get them back. Kept the last fleet on board as it was due for a wash, sods law, this was last hauled at the same time as the lost one, but it would have been good if I had lost one buoy on each fleet, but not to be. On the way in the small gulls came over as most of the other boats had left the Sound.




And coming across to the Bay the late afternoon light on the Applecross Hills above Shore Street…well what can you say that aptly describes it?


Low tide so left the creels on board and off tomorrow at high water and new creels out to shoot over one of the missing fleet.Up to the Inn and langoustine are back on the Menu.


So quick update on Company matters regarding broadband and toilets and home for tea. Good day for the soul.

Comments on: "Menu Board sorted with Pleasure." (10)

  1. Mighty fine day in the office. Love the light above shore street.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Yep, a good day, about the Shore Street. You just look up and there is something different again.

  2. Hazel and Dave said:

    Stunning pics… I have saved the slanting light rays over Skye to my personal screensaver..is that OK?

  3. Good to see the prawns back up there on the board, I expect they have all gone now so you will just have to go out again!
    Oh I do miss the sea…

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      The sea is so important. I have only one ambition and that is to be an old Man by the Sea.

  4. Excuse my ignorance, but how on earth do you recover a fleet if the buoy’s gone?

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Not ignorance at all. I have a gps reading of all the fleets, some guys put the fleet on the gps itself, I just take a reading of the north buoy. The fleet of creels that is closest I just shoot over where I know the lost fleet is. If you are lucky and sometimes it happens you pull up the end rope which gets caught up in the new fleet and it is just a case of tying a buoy on to it, throw it back over the side, keep hauling the fleet you shifted and take it away again. If you hook the lost fleet in the middle you tie an new end to it and a buoy and just drop it. Get the new fleet out of the way, go back to the buoy and haul it up, what I do is then work your way to one end, just throwing the creels back in the water as they come up, and then start hauling the lost fleet as normal from what you guess is the shorter distance to one of the ends. Sounds complicated but it is just a routine if it is shallow water and one fleet to recover. Last year it was deep water and three fleets, that meant three hours work with another boat and cutting every creel off and taking it ashore. Still a good life!! Although I have technically lost these creels I know where they are and I will get them back.

  5. So in simplified terms, is it a case of using the GPS to throw a new fleet over the lost one and hoping you pull up a bit of the lost one with the new one? Would it have been possible at all before GPS?

    I presume you must know Sean and Malcolm Macdonald (Macduff)?

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Yes I used to do it with land marks, but it would be a bit more range of error. Don’t know them well but met up with Malcolm a few times. They work ground to the north of where I am.

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