Saturday saw glassy seas and sunshine on the shores of seaside city. After recent bottom churning weather it was odds on that the fishes might be hungry. The boat was dispatched – about four miles offshore – to seek something for tea.
It wasn’t just the fisherman out enjoying the sun – a pod of dolphins (about ten) – thought it fun to distract the serious business of fishing with some boat side and acrobatics. While dolphin displays frequently frighten fish – maybe these were doing the fishermen a favour. The playful by pass of of this pod precipitated a ratchet run (fishing speak for a big tug on the hook).
Tempted by a cuttle snack a hefty 27lb 7oz cod – the biggest the boat has seen to date – took the bait. While our beaches and sea remain roughed up with rubbish – it’s reassuring to see signs of life at large in the water – and an unexpected haul of free range food.