Net positions and pins

The Fascadale nets

There were up to six bagnets fished from Fascadale in the 1970s and 1980s

The nets were BN, the Bay net, often referred to as “The Bank” as it was the most reliable net, the one you could bank on

KP, Kilmory Point, although on maps and charts the point is actually shown as “Ardtoe Island” In 1975 this net produced the biggest single catch, 47 fish in one fishing

KI, Kilmory Inside, this was usually a calm and peaceful place. an easy net to fish but not a star performer.

OP, Ockle Point, this was the most difficult, the most exposed to the wind and the waves, the net with the strongest tide running through it. Two of the shore pins to hold this net in place were on a rocky islet only accessible at the lowest of tides and sometimes awash as the shore chains were being shackled on. Never a fun place to be

OI, Ockle Inside. It was usually a relief to get to Ockle Inside after being at Ockle Point. It was a sheltered spot, under some impressively steep clifflike slopes inhabited by feral white goats in the seventies. An average sort of net for fish

EN, the East Net, this felt and was a really remote place. An easy net to fish, not much tide through it, seldom heavy with jellyfish but a very sporadic net for fish. It had a reputation for taking a higher proportion of bigger fish than the other nets

In 1975 with two in the “Wee” coble only the three nets near Fascadale, the Bay net and the two Kilmory nets were fished. In 1976 and subsequent years with the purchase of the bigger OB 226 “Iolair” all six nets were fished with a crew of four

The Kilchoan nets

J&L, Jib and Lug

RnG, Rhu na Gall

CN, the Croft net, also sometimes known as the Twins

PN, the Pier Net

MP, Mhile Point

McLn, Maclean’s Nose