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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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An  un-wanted  catch.
An un-wanted catch.
The  Back  of  the  Hill.
The Back of the Hill.
Me, holding   the  Mullet.
Me, holding the Mullet.
Heading  back  to  the  shore..
Heading back to the shore..
A  wonderful  view.
A wonderful view.
A  sandbank  surfacing  through  the  ebb  tide.
A sandbank surfacing through the ebb tide.
George  collecting  the  catch, from  the  farthest  out  nets.
George collecting the catch, from the farthest out nets.
George  tending  to  the  farthest  out  nets.
George tending to the farthest out nets.
George  topping  and  tailing  the  flounders.
George topping and tailing the flounders.
George, returning  to  the  trailer,having  reset   the  outermost   nets.
George, returning to the trailer,having reset the outermost nets.
A  haaf  netter  trudging  his  weary  way  to  the  main  channel.
A haaf netter trudging his weary way to the main channel.
George,70 years old,and  his  mate, resetting  the  9  foot  poles  which  support  the  poke  nets.
George,70 years old,and his mate, resetting the 9 foot poles which support the poke nets.
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