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Monday, 20 February 2017

Monday morning - biggest market this year.


A tad misleading with the netters Britannia V, Ajax, Lamorna, Little Pearl  and  New Harmony missing off the landing board...



as Monday's market is by far the biggest for the year...



top quality inshore fish from the Lizard...



numero uno megrim soles from the beamers...



along with monk - megs and monk make up the bulk of any beam trawl trip...



along with smatterings of Dover sole - the boats would land many more of these fish but under the present rigid quota system the boats are forced to dump tons of Dovers almost every trip - and it is not a fish easily avoided...



every ray has a unique, QCode like mark...



plaice come with orange and red spots



none of your £40,000 landings of cuttles in Newlyn needed to break port records, all eyes will be on the St Georges when she lands to see if Billy can wrestle the record back from relief skipper, Juicy, no pressure Bill ;-) ...



the frilly brill...



the not so frilly thornback ray's tail...



ahead by a short nose...



what to look for in fresh fish, bright, shiny eyes and blood-red gills...



black bream beauty...



Roger must have been smiling when these guys dropped out of the cod end on to the deck...



along with these cracking red mullet...



the other end of the market with nearly 1,500 boxes of big white fish...



so much fish that some of Ajax's trip was squeezed between the two market ends...



and the rest helped fill the rest...



and a good run of larger sizes was evident...



even the fridge was packed...



 with mainly handline mackerel...




cod is often referred to as 'green', not hard to see why when it is this fresh...



and added bonus for the beam trawlers are big prime flat fish like these turbot...



not a breath over the harbour this morning...



and, apart from the sad and sorry Excellent,  the only boats in port are those between trips...



as one of the shore crew make their way down the quay...



signs of an industry with enough faith to invest in new builds for the future, with the port's largest sardine boat nearing completion in the foreground for Stefan Glinski and Rowse's latest big crabber being fitted out and all lit up...



Newlyn is one of the port's who pioneered recycling old fishing nets - though a new startup company, @FishyFilaments is developing some amazing technology to convert these old nets into the raw materials used by 3D printers - you can do your own bit to help the environment by supporting the venture via their crowdfunding page - a great cause championed by a local business with the support of the fleet...



a step nearer the bus pass for Rose!

BTW this was fishing news from the far west of Cornwall post 6,500!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Friday, 17 February 2017

#FishyFriday in Newlyn and the market is full of the finest fish


The boats they came 4X4, four beam trawlers and four inshore trawlers...


filled the market this morning...


with the ever-present haddock...


and even a good dose of pouts...


but it was megrim soles that made up the biggest part of the beam trawler trips...


along with monk tails of course...


with plenty of rays on Newlyn fish market this #FishyFriday morning...


the biggest of the beamers landed the biggest of the fish including these huge turbot...



along with a trio of brill...



some very fine ling, which, by the way make perfect fish for fish cakes and fish pie...



along with several boxes of big ray wings from the inshore trawler, Millennium...



a fishy tail, but which one?...



sometimes conger eels just look plain mean...



it is hard to imagine how these 'claspers' at the base of the tail on a male ray with their razor sharp hooks buried within the folds of skin figure in more intimate moments of a ray's love life, but they do...



red mullet, a favourite fish for BBQs found throughout the Mediterranean...



what about a scallop or two dozen...



plenty of mackerel on both coasts...



never mind Norwegian Skrei - here is some top quality Cornish cod to match our Scandinavian cousins' any day...



another fishy tail, but which one?..



still no sign of any real quantities of squid on the grounds...



the beast that is the tub gurnard - a must-do-dish when baked in salt...



Keith Floyd's 'King of Fish', the bass...



looks like Roger on the Imogen III needn't get his JD trawl on the net drum just yet, early days as this beautiful fish prefers the summer months before it comes close inshore - presumably to bask in warmer waters...



hardly a ripple this morning...



as the gulls head off in search of breakfast...



another day roping up new pots for the Rowse boys...



as the latest sardine boat, Pelagic Marksman to join the fleet nears completion of her fitting out and begins to see her deck gear and nets put aboard...



the old pilot's office is quiet enough...



as skipper Don on the Filadelfia takes on fuel...



not quite as busy as in the late 1970s and 80s but the harbour is still home to a considerable number of small inshore boats, punts and toshers...



who fish in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way for high quality fish like crab and lobster...



having shot the net a few hours ago, @Cornish_lobster picks out enough mackerel which when salted down will provide enough bait for his pots in the coming lobster season...


but a few of the bigger boys will just have to go home for supper!