Wow! That was a long day yesterday! Left the house just after 5am to go down to the boat in Newlyn.
Obviously very dark on arrival in Newlyn as we made our way down the walkway that connects the harbour to the pontoons where the vast majority of boats are moored.
Soon had the right nets aboard and left the harbour just as the first cracks of dawn were breaking into the morning sky.
Conditions at sea were nigh on perfect with a flat sea and warm sunshine.
First nets up were the larger meshed nets aimed at Monkfish and spider crabs. The spider crabs become very entangled in the netting and it is a delicate operation to get them out in one piece. As the season progresses it is not uncommon to have a hundred or so of these crabs in these nets.
Around 5 minutes later the male spider crab is safely out of the net
Later on we hauled the nets which are aimed at Pollack and Cod which sadly largely missed out on the target species but they did catch quite a few Pouting. Pouting are great to eat and are usually used in fishcakes but the only problem for us being that sometimes when we land Pouting on Newlyn market they do not even sell!
Here's a nice 3kg Pollack coming aboard which was the last fish of the day.