Fishing nostalgia

  • Opportune: twin-rig prawn trawling

    Opportune: twin-rig prawn trawling

    17th July 2020

    David Linkie looks back 23 years to a five-day trip on the Fraserburgh twin-rig prawn trawler Opportune BF 19 Eight hours after throwing off the ropes, on the ‘back o’ Sunday night’ at the Broch, Opportune settled her gear in…

  • Gentle Barbara: Potting on beach-launched Filey coble

    Gentle Barbara: Potting on beach-launched Filey coble

    3rd July 2020

    In this occasional series, David Linkie looks back on fishing trips, some of them in fisheries now sadly consigned to history, that he has experienced over the past 30-plus years For generations of inshore fishermen, launching and hauling out boats…

  • Great Yarmouth: boaters, bloaters and red herrings

    Great Yarmouth: boaters, bloaters and red herrings

    26th June 2020

    Great Yarmouth was a centre of the herring boom. Now it’s more gas and wind. John Worrall reports In normal times, Great Yarmouth is a visitor town. Wide sandy beaches, lots of fast food and the seafront Golden Mile make for family…

  • Boston: Of cogs and stumps and the price of fish

    Boston: Of cogs and stumps and the price of fish

    11th June 2020

    The Lincolnshire town’s fortunes have gone up and down – like its fishing. John Worrall reports The Lincolnshire port of Boston goes back a long way. Boston first got rich in medieval times through the Hanseatic League, whose success was substantially based…

  • East Anglian beach companies – sharks and saviours

    East Anglian beach companies – sharks and saviours

    10th May 2020

    In the days before lifeboat services, saving lives at sea went hand in hand with the chance to make serious money from salvage, reports John Worrall It was a question of time and place. In the 18th and 19th centuries,…

  • The Glaven ports – long trips from small places

    The Glaven ports – long trips from small places

    24th April 2020

    Notwithstanding the current crisis, fishing today is a lot easier than it used to be. John Worrall delves deep into Norfolk fishing history Consider this. On an early spring day, in a small creek on the east coast of medieval…