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Friday, 7 December 2012

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Bonjour Captain ... nouveau position filet/

NE...49.51.5N...007.35W

SE...49.45.5.N...007.38.5W

SW...49.45.5N....007.48.5.W

NW...49.51.5N...007.42W

merci captain
Alan.....Ajax AH32 VHF Ch8/16/13
bonn peche

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Good morning
We came to sea early to try and get back on hake ground where we had good
fishing last week but today fishing was very poor with only 150kg hake 650kg
mixed white fish, we have shifted now 25mile NW to position
50.25N....008.45W to try. Still hope to be in for a mid week landing I will
keep in touch with our buyers
Alan

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Does where your fish come from matter?

Perhaps storm 10 later

We glad to be on the way home today, we have had a few very poor days of
weather 6-8..9s at times most of the trip.

They are giving up to force 10 tonight for our fishing area and off Lands End by night time.

Gale warnings - Issued: 0340 UTC Wed 21 Nov

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Shipping Forecast - Issued: 1130 UTC Wed 21 Nov

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later.
Sea State
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.


The Sparkling Line arrived on the fishing grounds this morning and the Govenek of Ladram is hauling hake gear there today..

We have only been working half our nets this trip cause of weather and not wwanting to leave nets down to long , fishing has been ok really. We have 115bxs hake 23bxs Pollock 12bxs Saithe and 8 mixed fish on Newlyn market in the morning Thursday.....take care Alan

Sunday, 18 November 2012

We left Newlyn at 6am yday steamed west on a very fine day, looking around
the ground today as tide is still to strong for us. No prawn trawlers around
the area we prob shoot our gear tonight for Hake before the wind freshens
and start hauling some hake tomorrow midday. As for today we are looking for
some Pollock with hooks and dive boards.
i will keep in touch during the trip with our hake buyers and hope to land
some hake for thurs or fri on the markets depends on how fresh this weather
comes on during the week
Alan

Friday, 9 November 2012

We have just finished our !st frip since gearbox when back in boat 15days
ago, Fishing been good but we had plenty of bad weather at sea during the
trips. We landed 3 times including this morning total of 620bxs, week off
now and back for another trip come next saturday.
Alan

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Well we have had a couple of fresh days this week and looks the same over
the weekend. We down in same area as we have been the past few trips still a
sign of hake here but not very big fishing 40bxs a day. We have 2 more days
to do Saturday and Sunday we be ashore in Newlyn on Monday hope to have
enough hake for Brixhaam and Newlyn markets on Tuesday. No boats around us
the past few days one Spanish trawler passed west of our gear at the moment
Saturday morning we have W 5-7 gusty and tomor W5-7 occ 8...position
50.07N.....008.25W
Alan

Monday, 29 October 2012

We are on our last day today, Its been a fresh week with NE gales at start
of trip and SW gales last night but its very fine now this morning. We have
a few French prawn trawlers here this morning Ar Zantez,
Pluton,Bucccin,Alphaver and the Hunure Gouet. We have 150bxs hake 50bxs
mixed white fish aboard for markets in Newlyn and Brixham on Thursday
morning. Hauling tonight and be on way home tomorrow morning.......Alan

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Its been a fresh few days at sea this weekend strong NE wind since we left
Newlyn on thurs, we have done 3 hauls so far for 100bxs hake 40bxs w/fish,
we working more west now 50.00N..008.37W the French prawn trawler Ar Zantez
still here east of us also, other than that no boats around. Weather is fine
tonight light winds but we have 5-7 SW tomorrow. Going to try and do
another couple days but the tide is very strong after tomorrow we will see.
Hake are good run 2-4kg fish. We will be in for wed/thurs
markets........Alan

Friday, 26 October 2012

Morning , all seems to be going ok this trip we shot couple mile of gear for
Pollock around 3am and shot 8 mile of Hake gear at 6am, we are down SW end
of the Pit ground 50.01N...008.30W with 2 French prawn trawlers, Ar Zantez
& Buccin working E & NE of us, some small fish marks around ground which I
hope are mackerel or scad. Weather is ok at moment NE 5 all seems ok with
gearbox

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Ajax gearbox repairs complete - sailing for the fish today



After a major gearbox failure at the start of the last trip, the Newlyn netter Ajax is finally given the thumbs up form the engineers at Penwith Marine Services evidenced by the AIS image which shows the boat thankfully steaming away from Nerwlyn on route to the fishing grounds west of the Scillies.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Ajax back in action!





She is in gear and running smooth give her a bollard test now at steaming revs, looking good 

Defra data




The most recent set of landing figures provided by the MMO have a whole 1 tonne of hake landed in Brixham from February to August this year. Which seems strange as the Newlyn netter Ajax alone has been landing regular quantities in excess of 1 tonne for much of the year? 


A simple explanation will hopefully be forthcoming - it could be that because the fish is landed in Newlyn and shipped by road to Brixham that for the purposes of the MMO the fish remains in Newlyn? Seems likely!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Monday, 8 October 2012

Gearbox problem hits the Ajax


Towed into Penzance wet dock on Saturday morning by the Lamorna, the Ajax is now waiting on the engineers at Penwith Marine Services to strip down the gearbox and determine the nature of the problem. Either way, it looks like the boat will miss this neap tide.



Thursday, 4 October 2012

Ajax under tow and not a fish on board!

On the end of a long rope with a few hours to go
The Newlyn netter, Ajax is tonight being towed back to Newlyn by the St Mary's lifeboat after breaking down well west od the Scillies...


the VesselTracker AIS shows the route taken by both boats. The Penlee lifeboat Ivan Ellen is due to take over the tow later.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Morning all
Well is was a poor night last night and this morning also down here
50.10N...008.20W Northerly gales , we shot away our hake gear at 1am today
is our last haul of the trip on way home when we finish i the early hours
sometime.
We haave 110bxs w/fish and 30bxs hake for the week it was hard to gather
them this trip poor neap tide. Landing for Newlyn market friday morning and
what we hake we catch today we put on monday market as they were alot of
hake landed this week already. Only netter here today with us is Charisma
PW45 from Padstow he on his way ashore tonight also.....
Alan

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Tiz a hard life at times!

Afternoon all

Havent sent in blog in couple of days weather been poor SE gales then NW
gales fishing been poor also and we steaming around looking for w/fish
anyway we down on hake ground now for tomorrow see how we get , only couple more days left to do. They been not many boats about Charisma PW45 netting here as is the Sowenna, We be ashore for thurs/fri morning tide finished, hard work this one was looking for w/fish anyway talk soon.....

see ya soon

Alan

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Worst days fishing!

Well today was the worst day fishing we had in a long long time we had 180kg
of mixed fish for the day. We have shifted 45mile SW and shot again and I
bet it wont be much better. We have E/SE gales to look forword to tomorrow.
 
I HATE WHITE FISHING !

Going hake fishing Monday night!

Friday, 21 September 2012

First shot for the tide chasing white fish

Good evening all

We have our gear shot for w/fish this week North this week 51.00N...007.00W.
There are plenty of fish marks around the ground. We have 4 Irish beam
trawlers and 3 french trawlers working to the NE of us. I think we will be
working for the week from here to SW area as we prob be shifting most days,
hake will be scarce in this area so we hope for cod,haddock,ling,pollock and
saithe with some large 1-2kg whithing. Then again its bvee a long time since
we were w/fishing in this area more that 3 1/2yrs. hake quota is reason we
here now but will try hake for a day neaar the end of tide next week

Alan

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Time:Sep 21 2012 4:45AM (UTC)

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

We are on the way home now 110mile to Newlyn good sign of hake today with
the tide kicking, We will have 110bxs for Newlyn and same for Brixham
markets on monday. There is fresh WSW breeze here today and 3 French prawn
trawlers arrived this afternoon Fv La Murex, Le Jusant and La Houle. We
have week off now over the spring tides. Home to be with my daughter on her
2nd birthday.............................................
Weather we are hake fishing next week depends on demand and quota lease.
50.04N...008.26W
Alan
Good morning
I have just started my watch , it finishes at 7,45 then we start to board
our gear as this is last day of the tide. We have 130bxs hake aboard at the
moment. We have been fishing in same area all trip we have had no French or
Irish prawn trawlers wanting to work this area this trip.
We should be ashore in Newlyn tomorrow around 10-11am where we will be
landing our hake for Newlyn and Brixham fishmarkets for monday morning.
Reports at sea yesterday was that the hake prices were very poor so lets
hope this picks up again at the start of next week.
Alan

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Today's hake fishing news

We have just finished hauling and gear shot back fishing is a bit slacker
today but hope to pick up tomorrow as tide kicks and gets stronger. 

Hello Dennis on the Fv Caronia Gloria - there are no French trawlers here with us
only the FV Broceliande steaming NW across the ground. If you are coming this
way drop us a fax and I will give you our lines of gear OK, talk to ya soon
Alan

Back on the hake fishing grounds again

We have arrived back down where we worked last week gear all shot for 4am.

This trip we will have to lease quota for hake we catch in UK waters so we
must pay around 40p for every Kilo of hake we take onboard so lets hope
prices on the markets reflects this as we are now paying to catch UK fish
,land in UK and eating in UK. There are no boats in the area Fv Charisma
gone ashore to land this morning. Weather is not as fine as it was last week
we have 3-5 WNW.



It's the bottom of the neap tide today so we hope hake will start
to move across the ground from this evening onwords as the tide kicks.
Position 50.10N...008.12W we will start to haul in 12hrs around 3-4pm this
afternoon going to work again in 72-74ftm and work from there, last week we
ended up in 68ftm as the tide cut.....take care

Alan

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Hake are feeding on blue whiting and mackerel

Good evening

Weather was very fine and warm today we started tto haul at 5am and finished
now, fishing was quite to start with but it picked up this afternoon. We
will be shooting back our gear in and around same area for tomorrow. There
seems to be plenty of mackerel and blue whithing today which the hake are
feeding on, Hake are a good 2-4kg run of fish. We wont be landing in Newlyn
in morning as its too late now for market as we 100mile away. We haul hake
nets tomorrow then go looking for some Ling, Saithe and Pollack on saturday.

We will have Hake on Newlyn and Brixham markets on monday morning.

Alan

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Ajax with gear now shot



The Ajax can be seen here over 100 miles west of Land's End.

We have our gear shot now 14hrs after leaving Newlyn. Weather is good 2-4NNE
warm day here. There is 1 other netter here with us Fv Sowenna from Union
Hall in Ireland. Today is his 2nd day here so there seems to be a sign of
hake on the ground, we not going to leave these long in the water we will
start hauling around 4am tomorrow to see what the fishing is like, if
fishing is ok we will try and get back to Newlyn for Fridays market and some
to Brixham fish fest via @passion4fish. our position is 50.08N...008.20W
working in 72-74ftm water
Alan

Departure: MFV AJAX, Port: PENZANCE

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Time:Sep 5 2012 12:26AM (UTC)

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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Hake fishing - the Ajax at sea





Landing at 9am on Bank Holiday Monday morning in time for the 22 nd Fish Festival, the Newlyn netter Ajax put over 30 boxes of fish ashore after a lightning two day trip in order to land top quality hake for use on displays and the fish filleting competition.  Festival organisers were lucky enough to have Cornophile Caroline Quentin on hand to perform the opening ceremony and she also made time to watch the crew of the Ajax land their fish alongside the market. Expect to see footage of her talking to the crew and skipper Alan Dwan in her forthcoming TV series n ITV later this year.




Monday, 27 August 2012

Ajax makes a trip for the Fish Festival

Saturday morning:  Heading out Through the Gaps.......
 and the forecast is for a scuffly night......
 first end away.......
 first tier away......
 shooting at speed.....
 command control......
 anchor aboard.....
 info sent......
 company in the morning......
 the Belem underway......
 and heading south......
 breakfast time....
 first tier aboard.....
 gutting and washing, fish in slush ice.....
 more hake.......
 fish going down to the fishroom.....
 back to sea for the porbeagle.......
 Ed over-ending.....
 gannet patrol......
 Matt on the hauler.....
 Chris watching for fish.....
tea up and bound for Newlyn to land at the Fish Festival.

Arrival: MFV AJAX, Port: PENZANCE

ARRIVAL of ship: MFV AJAX
Port: PENZANCE
Time:Aug 27 2012 3:06AM (UTC)

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Evening all we have our gear now shot away 50mile WNW of Lands End we will
leave it soak now till midday tomorrow. Wind is NW 4-6 nice evening so far,
there are no trawlers in our area, we have 10mile of net shot hope to see
few hake here. we will be back in Newlyn with day old fish for monday fish
fest....

Skipper in the chair

Bound away to catch hake for the Fish Festival

Departure: MFV AJAX, Port: PENZANCE

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Time:Aug 25 2012 9:26AM (UTC)

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Friday, 10 August 2012

We landed for this mornings market only had 40bxs for thursdays fishing but
prices were very good. We have hauled again today (friday) and fishing has
cut a bit so we shifting west tonight to area known as the Pit its 20mile
South of Labadie a deep water patch between 2 banks we have had very big
fishing there in august month before. Anyway wind is 3-5 ESE and 55mile to
steam WSW. Hope for few hake and be back for tue markets in Newlyn and
hopefully Brixham also, till next time you all take care
Alan

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Time:Aug 10 2012 2:04AM (UTC)

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Hake on the monger's slab


Kingfisher of Brixham - That's some seriously smart filleting going on there with a superb example of hake courtesy of the Ajax.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

On Twitter from a fishmonger

Fishy Phil Byrne fishmonger fan of Cornish hake.
@AjaxAH32 #hake #Newlyn #Brixham cool sold out quick as usual had 250k of this mondays stock went in a flash #best hake you can buy


Fishmonger Phil Byrne on Twitter

Message from Inmarsat-C Mobile

Good Morning

We had a very good day fishing yday have 170bxs hake aboard and we
boarding our nets today to go home for few days. Weather been ok this
trip again we have WNW 2-4 today. There are many French trawlers
working with us Alya,Azur,la Servane,La Perouse and Cezember also
2 Irish beam trawlers and a Seine netter busy area this week
position 51.16N..007,30W. We landing in Newlyn tomor afternoon for
Monday market in Newlyn and Brixham
Alan

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

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Afternoon to ye


We starting to haul now at 1pm today gear down 14+hrs, weather is WSW 4-6 fine bright day. 


We have 5 French trawlers working with us in this area today. We are 15M SE Kinsale gas platforms different area from last week where we had our fish.


position 51.17N...007.35W (see map above)


Fishing update in morning


Landing for Newlyn and Brixham markets Monday morning


Alan

Saturday, 14 July 2012

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We are on the way home for 24hrs be landing in Newlyn sunday
afternoon and away again on monday. Fishing have been very good this
week again off the Irish coast, had a trouble free week and fine
weather.We have 260bxs aboard 240of them Hake. We have 130mile to
steam weather is WNW 3-5.....
Alan

Friday, 13 July 2012

Get your customers talking!

Good to see the word is being spread for the hake from the good ship Ajax - here's a quote from Twitter today:



 when at  earlier Jenny was talking to other customers about forthcoming delivery from 


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

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Afternoon all, after steaming 13hrs NW from newlyn we arrived where
we have been working the past 5-6 trips and we not shooting our gear.
I have heard on the radio that there is very good hake fishing 45mile
NNW of us so we steaming there now another 5hrs aprox. Its an area SW
of Kinsale gas platforms about 35mile South of the Old Head of
Kinsale.. lets hope its the right decision
We will know tomor..untill then take care
Alan

Departure: MFV AJAX, Port: PENZANCE

DEPARTURE of ship: MFV AJAX
Port: PENZANCE
Time:Jul 10 2012 1:27AM (UTC)


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Friday, 29 June 2012

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well we are on way ashore after doing 4days fishing and hauled 40mile
of net only this week we have 270bxs in total. Weather been fine all
week only last night we had SW 5-7 for few hrs, there been plenty of
french trawlers around us for the week we have had no trouble from
them and they stayed away from gear wich is always a worry.
Thats another trip over caught few hake and we all comming home safe
to our loved ones. Our fish will be on Newlyn and Brixham markets
on monday morning, so till next time.....

Thursday, 28 June 2012

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morning again all

We're still working same area should have went ashore yday for Friday's
market but too many trawlers around and they gave out SW6-8 for
tonight... We had 90bxs hake yday so today or tomor will be our last
day and we will have Hake on Brixham and Newlyn fish markets on
Monday morning.
Alan

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

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good morning

We had good day fishing 60bxs Hake aboard. Today is calm and fog has
lifted we have a lot of trafic here today French Trawlers Pluton,
Laura,LeMurex,Ar Laeres,Hent Ar Mor,Hunure Gouet Gwel A Vo and
La Nautile Sat C been busy and they staying away from our nets

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

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Its been 25hrs since we left Newlyn we have steamed 110mile shot our
gear down here at Labadie bank and now getting ready to start to haul
its been down 14hrs so its time to get it back and get our hake into
slush ice before they are boxed away. Weather is fine a SSW3-5 with
haze, there are few French boats around us along with 1Spanard and 2
Irish prawn boats
I will keep updated on what hake we have aboard as days go on....
Alan