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

Tired, but with Dougal at my feet, the mist rolling in, and The Staves on the speakers all is not too bad. A good day was had at the Inn. Did not make it up early but that turned out okay as the 40 that were booked were toned down to 10. They were coming at eleven an hour early with special dispensation. Driving “big” cars. The Boss noticed three guys sitting on table two at 11.30 and asked them if they had anything to do with the group and it turned out they were the group. So two coffees, a tea and a mars bar was the result of that expo. they were frightened of the mist so thought it wiser not to come over the Bealach. They are now known as the Mars Bar tour, think they got the humour as they drove off in their Maserati. A normal busy lunch with very pleasant people in, staff is varying at the moment chicken pox hitting the Aussi contingent, a follow-up to the shingles outbreak. Often you meet a memorable table and today it was the dentist from Colorado,now living in Michigan. A lot you can exchange in an hour or two, “made the cut” and had a photo taken before they headed off to Tain. Had a late break and stayed on to see if it became busy as the Boss is pretty tired at the moment. Seemed reasonably calm at six so on the bike and home. Weather miserable all day and the last two rides home, wet, cold and miserable. However after a wee snooze and a half hour at the raised beds, midges are desperate now, the weather cleared

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and we had a lovely sunset to finish off a varied day.

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With a wee North breeze expected in the afternoon and with son No3 on board it was head down to haul as many as quickly before the wind got up. That was the way it happened and did not need the dictaphone for the Uni Fleet as I just called the creels and the info was written down. Prawns were slightly better today but the size for the langoustine was nothing to write home about. Half pints of tails and small prawns were the order of the day but there was just enough along with the squats to justify a pay-day on the water. not sure if I am landing any large tomorrow as there is a scarcity of prawns on the grounds to the north as well and there may not be a Spanish shipment this week. No3 was impressed by the size of one of the langoustine caught at the back-end of last week

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and I do remember him coming on board. Misty start to the day

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but it brightened up and although chilly the shades were on. Good to have a stacker on board for the day, although still tiring standing at the hauler all day is a lot less energy sapping than doing that and crossing the deck 300 times a day. Good company as well. Talking about many and various, Women’s Hour threw up a bizarre combination today, 4 million Africans die from charcoal inhalation, COPD, from cooking on stoves in enclosed spaces and then next subject was shopping with Mum. Their tribulations in the shopping malls were trite in comparison, I think women were the connection. All in all a fairly uneventful day with just the odd passing submarine to watch heading north.

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One fleet of creels we hauled today was just full of star fish. Never hauled a fleet like it and this was only about a third of them,

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they are the only managing of sea life I do as they have their place but if too many can turn the seabed to a dessert. I was down to around 60 fathoms by the time I had finished the fleet so not exactly shallow water. That, spotting a gannet, which I reckoned was working up to coming alongside and playing with the bonxies finished the day off.

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No3 had a go at feeding and was fairly close to success.

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