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poke net fishing in the solway firth

A morning spent going out to the poke nets to collect the morning's catch.George,my host,a young 70,reckons that in it's heyday,there were 34 lines of poke nets on the Annan side of the Solway estuary.Now there are just 4.He said it's a dying game as there's quite a lot of work involved and nowadays folk don't want to know.He and his partner,look upon it now,more like a hobby.George's nets must be on a specific alignment and he pays the local government for a licence to fish.
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Getting  ready.
Getting ready.
All  aboard.
All aboard.
Sunlight   streaks  upon  the  ebbing  tide.
Sunlight streaks upon the ebbing tide.
Tracks  o'er  the  mud  flats.
Tracks o'er the mud flats.
George  tending  to the  nets.
George tending to the nets.
Ian  dealing  with  a  rogue  branch, caught  in  the  poke  nets.
Ian dealing with a rogue branch, caught in the poke nets.
George (70) securing  the  poke  nets  to  the  correct  height  on  the  supporting  steel  pole.
George (70) securing the poke nets to the correct height on the supporting steel pole.
Looking  west, out  to  sea.
Looking west, out to sea.
A  worthwhile  catch.
A worthwhile catch.
A flounder  caught  in  the  nets.
A flounder caught in the nets.
Washing   the  sea  bass.
Washing the sea bass.
Ian  taking  the  catch  to  the  trailer.
Ian taking the catch to the trailer.
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