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Avoch Harbour 1963
Retired fisherman, David Sutherland of 4 Margaret Street with what looks like a hard won catch from a scantach.
Picture added on 12 May 2021 at 09:55
That's a brilliant picture!

Not sure what kind of fish they are-don't think its herring???
Added by Andrew Patience on 25 June 2021
What is a scantach? (pardon my ignorance)
Added by Alan Fredricsen on 28 June 2021
I’m speaking from memory here . . . but I think a scantach was a long line with many hooks (20 or more). I can remember my grandfather sitting in the shed with his oilskin apron baiting the hooks with lugworm dug up at low tide on the shore. I’m not sure what the fish were. The herring were pretty well fished out by the time the photo was taken. Flat fish would be there . . . I remember ‘plashaks’ (good eating) and ‘blin geordies’ (not so good). Apologies to any out there who still speak Archie!
Added by David Sutherland McCartney on 12 August 2021
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