It took them almost an hour to reach the spot where William knew there would be cod and haddock. He fed the line out of the side of the boat as she was moving until the last set of hooks that were then attached to a marker buoy and then anchored to the bottom Right then lads you can drop your lines in now. “Half a crown for the first fish caught said Keith.’
“You’re on said Jimmy and the others as they dropped their lines in.’
Jimmy and his father were just using hand lines baited with mackerel and feathers and it wasn’t long before William had an enquiry. He jerked on the line then began to bring the line on board. I might have known betting with a fisherman said Keith.’
William had caught a nice plaice weighing a good four pounds. It went straight into a large plastic bucket filled with seawater. The hooks were baited again then dropped over the side.
Soon they were all into some fish as the boat drifted slowly over some good ground.
The cod were plentiful and good sized too as they unhooked them and placed them into a bucket of their own. Again the lines went in and with in half an hour they had six cod each. It’s a haddock I’m after said Jimmy; my mother loves a nice piece of haddock.
The lines went quiet again after an hour half hour had gone by so William asked them all to bring in their lines and he would go back to the spot where they started.
“Time we got that bacon on said Brian as he went into his bag and pulled out a bag of grease proof paper with two pounds of streaky bacon in it. Jimmy got the sausage that his father had packed and lit the stove inside the cabin he dropped a knob of lard in the large pan then placed the bacon and sausages in it.’
“Look what I brought said Keith as he brought out a dozen eggs from his fathers allotment.’
“Here whack them in the pan as well and we can have a proper breakfast.
“The smell of the bacon and sausage cooking made them all hungry as Brian cut slices of bread from a large loaf and then cracked open six eggs and whisked them with a fork they went into the pan after the bacon and sausage was cooked and then was flipped over cut into four and placed on the bread the bacon and sausage was added along with a good helping of brown sauce.
“Here you are William get your lips around this then.
“They all bit into the sandwiches as Jimmy took out the flask of tea from his father’s canteen and poured some out for them all. When they had finished their sandwiches William stopped the boat and off they went again. This time William made a flapper with the head and the two sides of the mackerel after removing the guts and cutting off the tail. Over the side it went and William waited patiently whilst the others were bringing in mackerel four at a time on the feathers and silvery hooks.
It wasn’t long before they had over two stone of them.
As the boat drifted away the cod were beginning to show again. Jimmy caught his haddock as well so he was well pleased.
William caught what he was after and that was a ling that weighed about thirty pounds.
They fished right into the afternoon where they had enough fish each to feed their families’ for a week. The fish would be exchanged at neighbour’s houses for either money or cigarettes. William waited until about four o’clock before retrieving his long line. Jimmy helped unhook all the cod as it came in there was at least two hundred cod there was some skate as well as plaice.