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Friday, 24 January 2020

Newlyn is full of #FishyFrdiay fish.


Plenty of pollack landed this morning from the net boats...


along with spurdogs from the few netters that are licensed to land them - they have a 1 ton quoat per month...


rays of all kind still figure in landings...


pristine pollack...


and a box of sea urchins restaurant bound...


plenty of MSC Certified hake form the Ajax...


big beam trawl trips from the Twilight III and the Algrie were stacked 6 and seven high...


included plenty of Dovers...


a few bass...


some big turbot...


well spotted plaice...


a good selection of brill...


and plenty of big monk tails...


and even more megrim sole...


while all but a few handliners found any mackerel marks worth catching...


huss still make the occasional appearance on the market...


while even though cuttlefish landings seem to have dwindled rapidly they still leave their almost indelible mark on the market floor...


also landing hake was the netter BritanniaV...


along with the odd tub gurnard...


and a mighty ling...


fresh ray ooze a slime, a good sign of their hours-old status...


big visiting scalloper  Can Bounteous on passage...


there's no stopping that man Roger.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

This Fishing Life: Falmouth's fishing female takes mussels, oysters and fish.


Quintessential Cornish creeks and rivers as written about by Daphne du Maurier featured in this week's episode of This fishing Life as the camera focuses on two family businesses operating from opposite sides of the river Fal from where Falmouth gets its name...


sister and brother Nicky and Jason work two boats, one being a classic sail powered fishing boat towing a single dredge for oysters during the season that runs from October to March in the shallow waters...



the other is a forty foot wooden trawler that they have invested everything in so that they can fish all year round...



a move that sees them struggle, despite help from father for the whole summer as a succession of mechanical and gear problems make themselves apparent at seemingly every turn the boat makes...



at one moment, when the boat yet again, is awaiting a repair yet they set off their punt...



looking for mussels growing just under the waterline of pontoons and buoys in the rivers to literally scrape a living...



meanwhile, brothers Cameron, Ivor, and Magnus Henry work their multi-purpose boat for anything that will crawl or swim into their pots...



which not only includes brown crab...




but shrimps...


and even ballan wrasse for which there is an insatiable demand from fish farms as wrasse feed on the myriad of parasites tat flourish in fish farms...


single-handed trawl fisherman Peter Green works his...


boat throughout the year in and around Falmouth Bay...


years of experience and an intimate knowledge of the seabed littered with rocks, wrecks, old sailing ship anchors provide him with a living that Nicky and Jason in their new trawler Fair Morn will aim to emulate, mechanical challenges permitting...


the end of the programme see the both of them head back to their sail-powered oyster boat...



recounting the days when there were hundreds of fishermen and their families housed in the dozens of granite cottages lined the banks of the creeks and estuary - most of which have now become second homes - making it almost impossible for today's fishing families to ;live as close to their boats as they would like.

Next Tuesday evening on BBC2 will see Episode 4 focus on the men who work predominantly single-handed from punts or small inshore boats based in Penberth Cove, Sennen Cove, Newlyn and the Helford River.


Monday, 20 January 2020

Finally, some fish on the market in Newlyn!


Biggest bream on the market for awhile, but which bream?...


boxes of roe signal spawning time for some species like pollack...


which are caught on both rough ground and wrecks in fixed nets...


it's a flatfish, but which one?..


specimen brill...


in the depths of winter landings of fish like these John Dory...


and red mullet are light...


while rays of all types like these blondes...


and stars are plentiful...


the bulk of the quality fish on the market this morning were from the inshore trawl fleet...


some like the Harvest Reaper and New Venture made excellent landings of ray for their time at sea over the weekend...


Tom even had a good sized bass for his efforts...


while the Serene piled in on pollack...


the New Venture also picked up good hauls of Dover sole...


while the handline fleet filled half the fridge with mackerel from the weekend...


just missing Monday morning's market the Charisma lands her trip of hake and big whitefish...


under the watchful eye of staff from the MMO...


Newlyn Harbour, so good they named the boxes twice...


it's -1˚ this morning, not often vehicles in the harbour sparkle with frost...


not that Tom, cast in bronze ever feels the cold but his view of the crystal clear skies...


overt he bay are not as good as for those who live 'up Pail Hill'!