Ah ya buggers!
I'm afraid the rumours are true, all in the name of science I'll have you know.
Spent my first couple of days out last Tuesday and Wednesday. Best and most interesting work I've done by a long shot. Pig in s**t. Just spent today chopping a few of the sample catch up.
The work is marine surveying for areas around windmills and pipelines. Which in laymans terms is pretty much sorting, counting and measuring out on chartered commercial boats.
You should of seen my face when one of the hauls brought up about 500 odd Sprat, that was the next few hours covered.
I'll admit to having to get the book out for some of the types of mini monsters, brittle stars, Sea Mouse e.t.c.
We were out in the wash around the windfarm off Mablethorpe/Ingoldmells doing a Shrimp survey on the Lynn Princess. It brought up some interesting results especially from the trawl around 100 yards off the beach. Whose ever caught a Brill off that bit of the coast as we brought up 6, 4 in-size, one of them was around 2-3lb.
Out in the middle we hauled up a Smoothie that must of gone 25lb+, bloody great thing, took some handling. Loads of Smelt, Sprat, hundreds of mini flatties including a lot of Lemon Sole and god knows how many Weaver, especially from the shoreline trawl. We had 130 of em from a 10 minute trawl!
I don't think I'll have to buy any Sandeel for a long while. Got around 150 in the freezer and could of taken 5 times that.
Learnt some new Norfolk from the skipper who was real good old boy.
Here's a mini quiz - Anyone know what an Atlan and a Feathery Flue (my spelling) are??
I know they get all sorts of stick on here but It didn't take long for me to develop a new found respect. The skippers has been doing it from the age of 14 for 50 years and it's bloody hard work, long hours and tough physical work. It ain't easy, I didn't do half what they did during the day and I was wiped out in the evening.
Also those shrimp nets are pretty selective. I'd hazard a guess that from 2x2hour trawls they did for themselves there can't of been much more that a couple of buckets of by-catch from each. loads of Lobster in the Wash too.
Out on Herring trawls the week after next..
So there you go, fishing with the enemy!!