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

Wee Signs of Enthusiasm.

(Wednesday) At last it was back on the water and 300 pots came up fairly easily with a few prawns making an appearance in the creels. Should get all the gear up by the end of the week, the forecast being okay. So good to get back on the water again, passing the eiders,




and surrounded by the snow-covered mountains.





A wee snooze and up the road with the prawns for a shift at the Inn. Firemen soon be in and did ten meals, not bad with no one staying and the Hill blocked and looks well blocked. This is when we will miss the snow blower. The weather is okay but there is a lot of snow up there just now and digging it out will take a fair time going by the photos on fb.

Annoying sort of day in that my headache of the previous evening strengthened in the morning but luckily did not develop into a migraine. Still it was debilitating enough and spent most of the morning and all afternoon on the couch watching House, the only thing was I slept through most of it, only waking up to catch the ongoing story, missing the story of the episodes. At one stage did not think I was not going to make it to work but recovered in time and feeling fresh now, sleep may well be evasive tonight. May be doing the Gear Conflict submission early hours, a whole twenty hours before deadline. Not one customer in now, it was a carry out night with the half-dozen meals bar one being takeaway. Going to finish threading up the world map for the start of the season and see how many countries have not visited The Applecross Inn. Easier than counting the ones that have visited.


(Friday) And back at sea again although only just, latish back from the Inn and a wee wind down with House meant a late sleep and wake up with no headache but it is like day two of my old hangovers. breakfast and posted with me deciding not to go out but then going for it. Basically a flat calm day so should not really miss out on them.


Not a good start when I discovered a full box broken free so dived planned tomorrow morning to recover. Easy enough day apart from a fleet not hauled for a good couple of months down by the Range. Twelve creels tangle but tangles in such a way that all creels had to be untied and rope slowly worked through, an hour later and the fleet began to come on board.


A two-hour haul for two prawns, sometimes it is not sweetness and light. Getting the gear baited up and fishing again with Spring around the corner the enthusiasm is recovering. Fairly grey day with a little sunlight in the beginning of the afternoon but colour was provided by the busy cormorants, diving down to meet the creels on the way up grabbing the pout through the meshes. Caught my lucky lobster, lucky for him as he went back over the side. Was probably around landing size but find them stunning beasts of the sea and back he went. Different if I fished them like the prawns, might get de sensitized  although these big langoustine often make one stop and contemplate. And for no reason at all here s a photo of a hermit crab coming on board for a visit.


Comments on: "Wee Signs of Enthusiasm." (3)

  1. Stunning photos, would you mind if I share some of your wonderful photos to a landscape group that I’m in on Facebook

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Glad you enjoyed them and no problem with sharing them. The better ones end up in a calendar raising monies for our local community company.

  2. Thank you, really enjoyed our stay at Toscaig and eating at the pub every night , fantastic food and wonderfully welcoming folk , really was a great holiday at Applecross 😊👍👌

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