Late last month we made a rare visit to Plymouth and landed alongside their excellent market building.
We always sell our catch on the Plymouth Trawler Agents auction, but we nearly always land our catches into our home port of Newlyn.
Just entering the lock gates at sutton harbour.
It was great to see all the staff who work at PTA and for the first time in five years we watched the catch being sorted and graded, then stored for sale the following morning.
The auction is held from 0600hrs onwards monday to friday, there are over 60 buyers who buy fish regularly from PTA.
All they have to do is put a bound in with PTA buy some boxes and thats it, the fish is then delivered to their door.
The buyers don't even have to turn up to the auction, as it is held online.
PTA also have a website which details the quantities of fish to be landed on the given day.
As always Dave, Alison, mark, Paul and the team couldn't be more helpful, when we arrived at Plymouth one of our crew had an absyss in his mouth which was really painful, so they organised him to see their own dentist for us, as the NHS dentist was fully booked.
So once agian many thanks to the team at PTA for all the help they give us through the year and for looking after and selling our catch so well.
Heading out passing the east side of the breakwater.
Plymouth as you can imagine is a very busy port, with plenty of naval activity in the sound, we had to pass up the east side of the breakwater (which has less room and depth of water), as there was a type 45 destroyer on the west side struggling to get the crew aboard from a tender ship, as there was plenty of swell running still from the southwest blow we had the night before.
The breakwater at Plymouth, it wouldn't be much of a harbour without this being here as it would be very open to the southerly swell.
I think I am right in saying that convicts helped build it, they had the right ideas back then.
Shame we couldn't get the convicts to build a breakwater in mounts bay from Low lea to the mount, it would give Newlyn and Penzance some much needed protection.
The boat is away at present, the fishing has been good of late with a good showing of monks, squid and whittens, the cuttles are starting to show further west as well. The haddock fishing has slacked off to what it was, but it always does this time of year.