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Back to fishing
Over the last twenty two months I have had to change my working life dramatically as my wife Kim was taken ill and therefore i have not been able to do long periods away from home. I had been working as a skipper on crew transfer vessels, in the offshore wind industry, working on sites in the UK and Europe for the last ten years but i cannot commit to the shift rotations that would be required of me now.
Anyway getting back to the fishing, my good friend was in Plymouth landing his catch and as always he gave me a call to tell me he had some fish for me, he also needed to be taken to the hospital as he had a dirty big abscess growing out of his neck, but as we were talking about the fishing he said his company were always looking for class 1 fishing skippers which is the fishing qualification that I possess, I did tell him about my limited availability but he said he would mention me to his firm. Just before Christmas I got a call to go on a vessel as mate, I had already skippered this vessel when I was fishing previously, but mate was good after a ten year absence. The trip went well and I was surprised how quickly that I got back into the swing of things. Then middle of February I was asked to do a trip as mate and then skipper. The skipper on the vessel used to be my deckhand so he has done well in his career. Well we didn’t manage to sail the first week due to bad weather so I just decided to go for it and skipper the boat for the second week otherwise Fred would not get of. That week the gods of the sea must have been smiling on me because the weather was beautiful for mid February and we caught a few scallops as well. I must admit after ten years wind farming and sometimes feeling that you cant breathe without some sort of new procedure or form to fill in, the few weeks fishing has been like a breath of fresh air. A few of my friends have also returned to fishing and have said the same thing. I don’t know whether it is the end of wind farming for me, the thing that has changed is my priority to work and the need to be home when my wife Kim’s treatment or scans are due and the flexibility of working this way is ideal.
I have attached some photo’s I have taken over the years, all the vessels are fishing for Scallops, I did have a load from when I was longlining but they are all on a buggered up hard drive which I am deciding whether to pay the money and get the info of it.