Were well into spring now and as per usual in the last couple of weeks we have been working more to the west, which is what we will be doing hopefully for the next few months.
We had a couple of good trips on the John dory's in the last few weeks, but the other fish hadn't fetched out quite that far, but with the fish having spawned now along the coast, they should be heading to deeper water to fatten up, hense our pattern this time of year.
The weather has been more unsettled the last couple of weeks so this has held us up from getting west, when the wind is in the south and west, the swell builds and the further west we get the bigger the swell. This effects how our gear fishes, as we work quite light gear, which is quite efficient most of the time but a large swell can effect its performance.
The lemon sole fishery has been good of late as well with a really good run of fish on the grounds, the haddies are turning up in larger numbers as well.
The last trip saw us working closer to home with a westerly 6-7 oc 8 most of the trip, which made fishing difficult to say the least. The lows have been passing right over us just recently due to the jetstreaam running close to us, this has made the weather unpredictable but more workable than if the lows pressure were passing further north.
We are away at the moment pushing into the southwest, we are hoping to carry on til next monday if all's well, and make a landing next tuesday.
Our refit time is looming large now and as per usaul we have plenty of jobs to be done when we get to Tom's boatyard, we are going to stop at the end of may and we will be laid up for 3weeks.
We had a run of bad luck recently, we lost a net a couple of week s ago on a disused submarine cable and we had to break our trip and come in to replace our lost gear. These old cables are a real hazard to us fisherman and can cause quite a bit of damage to our gear at times.
There are so many of them in the southwest approaches that it is impossible to avoid them while going about our work, so it would be very helpful that when they reach the end of there working life they were removed from the seabed.
I am still having problems uploading pictures and I am hoping to get this sorted as soon as I can.