Scarborough. Fishing 1987. With short essay.
These are scans of slides taken in 1987 in my home town, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK and are a 'photo essay' taken for a personal project. These are the words I wrote at the time:

John Mainprize and his helper Alan Kitto fish for salmon and sea trout off the coast of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, from late spring until the end of August. They also go out in their coble to lay lobster pots.

Under licence from the Yorkshire Water Authority, they lay their nets in the south bay hoping to take the fish as they return to the rivers to spawn. "It depends on the conditions as we leave the harbour just where we put the nets down", says John Mainprize. "We take account of the swell, what the wind is doing and what it might do, how warm it is and how much sun is about".

John's helper is Alan Kitto. "We shoot the nets out in a long line so that the fish are driven into a circular pocket at one end. Some fish are taken in the long 200 yard section, but most end up in the ring at the end".

The nets are layed from a coble - a flat bottomed, wooden fishing boat - and are inspected after a few minutes: the bobbing of the floats is an indication of a fish. After a patrol along the line of the nets to check that all is well, John and Alan return to the harbour to collect a batch of lobster pots to put down in another bay further along the coast. By the time they have put the pots down they will go back to their nets and haul them in, plucking the catch as they work. If the conditions are right they will put the nets out again for inspection after a few hours.

Back in the harbour, the salmon and sea trout are sold by auction on the fish quay where fish merchants pay good prices for the catch. "It's a short season, though", reminds John. "We have good days and we have bad days, but I wouldn't change it for the world".
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