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

(Thursday) Waiting for today’s weather. A quiet day to work through some gear that has not been hauled for a wee while. Just as well it was quiet as there was quite a bit of sorting to do. Started off gently on the Bay, catching squats to order for the Mothers Day rush on Sunday. The posh fish like turbot, halibut and sole sell so much better when they have squats with them. Thought I would take a few shots of what comes up. Shallower water brings up far more variety than further out in the deeper mud prairies.


Quite a few octopi about just now,


unfortunately they prefer the prawns as a nice snack. They will take squats if they are all on offer. Back to sea though.


The only species I “manage” are starfish. That is they do not go back especially the occasional thorn starfish.


A throw back to the days when I farmed scallops and saw the destruction they left behind. They are pretty amazing at regenerating though.


Gives you a bit of hope when we sort out a little conservation on the west coast waters nature will recover from what we have done to her.Sort of forgot when I went out to the deeper waters. Out in the middle it was a different story. Managed to have two of my fleets plus some one else’s in a bit of a tangle. Ended up going for the North end of the one on top. Hauled it until it broke and then hauled the second one which pulled up the bundle of creels on the broken end. Towards the end of the afternoon I was joined by a cheeky cormorant. Some have no inhibitions and come right up to the boat demanding fish. This was one of them.


I was hoping to go up to the Intake to check out the screen, but hauled a fleet trying to catch the “lost fleet”. Did not catch it and not really surprising as I had not put the right readings in so it was not really lost. Maybe a fishing version of Schrödinger’s Cat, where the cat is both dead and alive, my fleet being both lost and not lost. The North end bouy was gone so hauled it from the other bouy and in just in time to land the prawns before starting the shift at the Inn.

The last two shifts were good and even now plenty of people about. A Volvo filming advert group, archeologists from Bradford, nurses who trained in Edinburgh, one living in London but having to leave because of cost of living. Makes you wonder how London is going to be serviced when people working in the public services can no longer afford to live there. Bankers from Herts, even a couple from Penzance, they are coming from all over. Hard to believe the “season” has not started yet.

(Friday evening) Closed up last night and woke up under the weather. Unfortunately getting a head cold invariably ends up with headaches. North wind blowing down the Sound so was not interested in a day’s fishing. Came round a bit and went up to the Intake to check things over but all was well


with the physical side of things all okay.


The glitch may need another visit from the experts. Dougal and Eilidh always like these little jaunts up the hill.


Eilidh has recovered from her bad hip and ambled after a scent. Was not away long  and we were back before the weather changed.


Blow from the north coupled with a wintry shower meant the Intake was not a place to be.

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