It was a picturesque start to the day in Newlyn at first light this morning. The sky was a wonderful array of striking colours. The sea conditions looked a lot better after yesterday's storm but how long would we have at sea today?
"Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning" is a phrase often used in weather lore. Such a phenomenon is usually interpreted to mean stormy conditions ahead and the sign of very windy weather. In real terms it means that if the morning skies are red, it is because clear skies to the east permit the sun to illuminate the undersides of the moisture-bearing clouds coming in from the west.
Hauled the nets that we tried to get yesterday only to find the monkfish in it had already been destroyed by the crabs - here's one of the culprits pictured. There were reasonable numbers of male spider crabs in the net too.
The other nets that we put out earlier in the morning were a waste of time really which came as a surprise because we caught a fair few fish in the same area two days ago. That's fishing I suppose!
Oh, and that red sky? Well yes the wind did freshen slowly throughout the day and by 8pm this evening the wind was recorded by http://www.landsendweather.info/ as gusting to 58 m.p.h