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

Cork Screw Weather

Steady and pretty constant east wind has been blowing for about a week now and is hard work to haul gear in. Went out to see if I could haul a few creels to get the langoustine back on the menu. Breezy as I left and did not really let up for the morning.

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Managed 200 creels up but a graft with a crock screw motion all the time. Down, round, up and down again. When the vivier tank threatens to move across the deck you know that the next fleet will be the last. Big tide this week as well which does not help matters. The growth in the water marches on and scrapping bouys clean of grass and seaweed used to be a summer job and not one for the end of winter.

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The climate change has been hitting the news yesterday and this is just another sign of change. Just that little bit warmer or more nutrients in the water must be causing the growth. After hauling the 200 creels I headed into the Bay to get out of the wind

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and go south in the lee of the Applecross shore.

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Plenty to do ashore anyway with a bit of sanding and painting, wood and cooking the tea, squat lobster fried rice, it’s dark before you know it.

Gave the fishing a miss as the east wind was there again and spent a bit of time on wood again. The change of direction of the wind means there will be little drifting ashore but still picked up a good half ton last week.Luckily I do not have to go out in the breezy conditions like the Johan in another great photo put up by Angus Macsween.

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She was one of the ring netters which went to the prawns in the 70/80’s. As Spring is just about here suddenly there are lots of jobs to do alongside the usual of taking a fuel delivery from Kenny.

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Lots of confusion over the size of the order as I had phoned in over the week end and left a message on the answer phone only to have an extra 4000 litres arrive. Almost sent some back as I did not know if we had enough in the account, only finding out that another order went in on Monday. Luckily we decided that we would take the delivery, badly needed as we had ran out of diesel for a couple of days, annoying but in my defines we were short 2000 litres the last delivery so had an imbalance of 4000 between petrol and diesel. Only an excuse. Signs of Spring around

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and after a run around the shore with Dougal and Co it was back down the road to work on more wood and feed the bees. First sting which I always think is a shame as they do not survive and I was only trying to help. She was under the feeder getting the last sugar out so was probably cheesed off at me coming along.

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