Friday, 21 January 2022

First freezing #FishyFriday this year in Newlyn!

The sight of an ill-fitting hard hat three sizes too small earlier in the week provided a first glimpse of the big Padstow man himself...


in this celebration of skippers-to-be in the Swordfish circa 1985 cuddling a very young Billy Bunn, alongside another big skipper-to-be, Don Liddicoat and (seated) skipper/owner of the Ocean Harvester, Mervyn Mountjoy, sadly now no longer with us...


interesting headgear of some sort has always been a feature of...


young Roger Coutsoubos' time at the fishing...


Tom Hill at the helm, of the landing winch...


and relief sipper of the good ship Enterprise putting the starboard side trawl back together...


every night is sardine night at the moment...

even tough the boats are on a 10 ton daily quota...


as problems with the export of fish to the EU via France are still fraught with issues over sending fish away in seawater which does not meet the health requirements as the UK is now treated as any other nation state outside of the single market, 'c'est la vie' as they say...


back to a rather chilly sub-zero FishyFriday and there were a few boxes of cuttles on sale...


along with some dinner-plate sized turbot...


big plaice...


perfectly pink red mullet...


braces of Dover sole...


and a good few mackerel...


to go with a fish that to the untrained eye looks just like a Cornsih (megrim) sole...


rays continue to make up a good percentage of trawl trip landings...


as do lemons...


and for the beam trawlers in the fleet, monkfish...


the real thing, Cornish sole...


and one of Cap'n Cod's finest line caught bass...


to go with just a handful of squid who really have not been in evidence for a few years now...


catching the sun's rising rays, the IFCA protection vessel, St Piran...


with not a cloud in the sky and a chill from the Combe river feeding into the bay, the temperature at sea level was -1˚ this morning - which by Cornish standards is close to approaching absolute zero the significance of which may be recalled if you can cast your mind back to that science lesson at school on the subject......


the Trevessa IV is back in her favourite berth...


while the Enterprise waits in the only other berth that is available to her, drawing over 5m at the stern she is severely restricted in her ability to manoeuvre in the harbour other than just just a few hours either side of high water - which is why the harbour's Advisory Board held an exhibition recently to gather the views and thoughts of harbour users in planning for future expansion of the port to cater for the needs of an increasingly larger and more sophisticated fleet of vessels...


'tiz a cold Cornish day...


as the Charlotte Clare hunts for a dawn haul of sardines...


as a handful of hardy souls engage in the latest craze to hit Mounts Bay, taking a selfie on your phone while turning blue in freezing water...


not a bad start to the day for landlubbers either.