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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.
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.
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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