It was always good for some
nice atmospheric pictures, fishing in this manner.
You can just about see a pointy thing about knee-high to
the left of the black bucket. This is a harpoon head taken from
Grytviken whaling station on South Georgia that we used to get
people to collect if they called in there on their way south.
These very heavy iron tips to the harpoon would be filled with
explosives and screwed onto a harpoon that would reach about
as high as a mans shoulder. We just used them as weights to keep the net
down on the sea-bed.
If it wasn't too cold, fish could
be removed from the net on the ice and then the net re-set immediately.
If it was too cold, the net would have to be taken back to base
and then taken back out to be re-set. The difference about 2-3
hours work! We used to avoid taking the net back to base if
it was at all possible. The alternative was that the fish
would freeze and die which defeated the object of our kind
of scientific fishing.
Paul Ward -
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