Antarctic Fishing 11 - Small boat fishing means pulling the net up manually

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Pulling a net up by hand can be hard, but not too bad if spread amongst a few of you. As driving along in the boat with buckets full of water isn't a great idea, the net was laid into an empty bucket and then we got back to base as quickly as we could before taking the fish out. The cold temperatures and wetness of the net kept the fish alive and well.

We did have a small fishing launch with a powered capstan for hauling deep nets, but it was more a question of what mood you were in as to which was best to use as the capstan turned very slowly and you could feel sea-sick when watching the rope slowly coil into the bucket. We used the launch on nets that were further away from base rather than necessarily deeper.

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