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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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Looking  east  to  the  stake  nets.
Looking east to the stake nets.
Stake  nets  on  the  foreshore.
Stake nets on the foreshore.
John  getting  off  of  the  trailer.
John getting off of the trailer.
A  haaf  net  fisherman  prepares  his  net.
A haaf net fisherman prepares his net.
Checking  the  catch  in  the  nets.
Checking the catch in the nets.
Preparing  to  dispose  of  the  branch.
Preparing to dispose of the branch.
George  collecting  the  catch .
George collecting the catch .
Both  men  supporting  each  other  in  resetting  the  poke  nets.
Both men supporting each other in resetting the poke nets.
A  wee  bit  of  down  time  afore  we  headed  back.
A wee bit of down time afore we headed back.
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