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Newlyn Fish Market - boats due to land.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Plenty of black on Newlyn's Monday morning market.


Clear the deck!..deckhand Will on the Three Jays is gradually clearing the deck prior to the long steam from Newlyn to Padstow for some serious modifications below deck - which might be a little uncomfortable going round Lands End this morning...


back in the market, the auction is pretty full this morning with weekend trips form all the inshore trawlers...


and a big hake trip from the netter, Britannia V...


with half the market space given over to stage one of the refurbishment floor space is at a premium again...


an unusually big landing of scallops from the beam trawler, Twilight III...


at this time of year big white fish are full of roe - smoked roe is the main ingredient for that summertime BBQ dip, taramasalata...


the beamer also landed a good shot of brill


while Tom on the Harvest Reaper...


landed a monster trip of ray...


the Frellie from Padstow waded in with a good shot of pollack...


more than enough to keep auctioneer Ian on top of things on the auction floor with so much quality inshore fish from boats like...


the Millennia and his lovely lemons...


plenty more flats from the Elizabeth Veronique...


some big Dover's courtesy of Tom...


and a mix of white fish from the visiting Manx Ranger...


and a handful of red mullet helped boost the New Venture's landing...



a typical day's work from an inshore trawler - that puts in perspective some of thew ridiculous quota allocations that the Under-12m section of the fleet have to contend with...


that's a fine pair Mr McClure...


and a cracking batch of brill to go with them...


while the Millennia touched on a few decent cod...


and must have scraped a wreck of some rough ground to pick up a good box of decent sized conger eels...



while Plugger picked away a few boxes of decent ray...


and a few Dovers aboard the Shiralee...


as did young Roger on the Imogen III


the inshore boats seldom pick up more than a box of cod even at this time of year when the bigger boats are seeing big hauls come aboard...


as usual, the mighty mackerel shoals give up themselves to those handliners willing to brave a heavy ground sea running in the Western Approaches...


but do it responsibly...


the beam trawler Twilight III picked up a few boxes of Dovers along the way


but was targeting cuttlefish for the bulk of her trip...


there were pollack a-plenty with the netters...


enough fish to keep the buyers busy...


while down the quay the gear from the Three Jays was making its way into the back of a waiting truck...


right down the end of the Mary Williams pier what looked like an alien invasion was, i fact, the trawler, Crystal Sea taking off a trawl...


as the Trevessa IV came alongside the fishmarket to land...


that's one tier of nets that won't be shot again...


as the boys on deck...


wait for skipper Fish to catch up on some shore news...


as the Twlight III makes her way in through the gaps...


up goes the port side beam trawl ready to be stowed...


as the starboard side beam chains are shortened prior to lifting...


and then pulling the res of the trawl under the chain mat for stowing prior to sailing...


all set for the long steam round the corner to Padstow...


which is the home port for the big netter, Charisma...


one trawl stretched down the quay...


as the angle-grinder is put to work cutting the fishing line from the footrope...


and the belly and wind end sections are...


separated from the footrope...


back in after a rolly few days...


each pot has its own short strop of rope connecting it to the backing rope - both in different colours to avoid confusion and lessen the chance of an accident when shooting...


the South West's biggest trawler at high water...


which is the time boats, like the Twilight III go up or down off the slip.