Fishing in the summer months
means from small boats. While it wasn't as cold as winter
fishing, the sea keeps moving about in a way the sea-ice doesn't.
Sea-sickness is fairly quickly overcome, unless your job was
to coil the rope into the rope bucket as it came in, which could
be difficult in a heavy swell.
This was a calm day wind-wise,
but there was about a 12ft (3.5m) swell and we really shouldn't
have been out in it, but it was fun, especially as we would
power up the waves as they came in and took off over the top
It meant getting the net in was
easier too. Pull in as much rope as you could when the boat
went down into a trough, then hold onto it for dear life as
the up-swell came and lifted the boat and net with it, that
way the swell did the work and you didn't have to.
Paul Ward -
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