Latest fishing news from the Ajax

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Message from Inmarsat-C Mobile

Bonjour Captain
Bateau Ajax AH32/Golden Harvest & Govenek of Ladram
Les positions de filet





Merci en avance pour votre comprehension
VHF Ch 8/10/16

Thursday, 29 March 2012

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good morning
we on way ashore to land for fridays market in Newlyn.
Have 74bxs Hake,26bxs ling,13bxs cod 15bxs of others. Gear shot back
weather very fine 2 other netters in area Govenek of Ladrum & Golden
Harvest. ETA Newlyn 11am today..Roast Pork for this mornings dinner!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

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Landing Newlyn friday market
good morning
Weather very fine yday plenty of French boats about. We have 40bxs
Hake 17bxs Ling 10bxs Cod hope to get the same today for fridays
Market in Newlyn.Gear all shot back now 4.30am position 50.13N/06.58W
Sitting down now to roast chicken dinner..Dont ask!!!

Monday, 26 March 2012

Passing the SevenStones lightship

These days, just like the lighthouses around our coasts these lighships are no longer manned. Instead, they are managed remotely thanks to modern technology. Weather data from the Seventones is transmitted live and can be accessed from the NOAA buoyage centre here.

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Just away
just away - see Track the Ajax
we have just left Newlyn weather good for the week, hope to get back
to where we were working last trip. we try and have hake on markets
before the weekend Thurs/fri hopefully. I will keep in touch over
next few days with our buyers

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

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on way home to our loved ones safe
Fresh as you will get
On way home to our Loved ones.Last hake aboard the boat now you can
have it for your dinner in 36hrs.We have over 220bxs aboard
We will land our fish on Brixham and Newlyn markets on Thurs morning

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

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Last Day Then Home
morning its last day
we did not move north yday looking for w/fish as we had a good day
hake fishing so we shot back but it looks a mistake way too much
tide down here today.We have 120bxs hake aboard 20bxs w/fish for
thurs/fri morning prob landing to newlyn market.This will be the last
of hake in now till next thurs/fri again as tides are strong for the
remainderof the week...... weather has been good all week many french
trawlers around and the same 5 Newlyn netters as last week.
position 50.10N/007.06W.

Monday, 19 March 2012

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On the move North for W/fish

Good Morning all
Its a very fine day today after a fresh NW day yday. We hauled some
gear last night for 40bxs and shot them away again for tonight.
I think we will be shifting North tonight as tides are making big
now a hake fishing will cut off here. I must say a happy mothers day
to the Mother of my children as i forgot to say it yday ...mmmmmm
bad books but better late than never. Hope to be back for fish
markets on thurs morning with Hake and Mixed White fish

Thursday, 15 March 2012

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Friday morning market
good morning all
we just finished hauling now 0730hrs shooting back last of nets
for tonights hauling, weather been very fine no wind fishing been
good. We on the way into Newlyn now for fridays market 67bxs hake
10bxs Ling 2bxs cod 1pollock 2mixed fish. Its day old fish happy
with that. position 50.14N and 7.00W ETA Newlyn 1430hrs

Monday, 12 March 2012

Getting ready for Sea

We have just taken 8tonne of ice 200 empty bxs and 4550 ltrs fuel. Mended nets aboard we now ready for sea, we will be sailing around 11am tomorrow and hope to have hake and white fish for markets on friday morning. We going to fish NW of Isles of Scilly again for start of this tide...

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Friday, 9 March 2012

Next Landing

As Tides are very big this weekend we won't be going to sea till monday or tuesday and try and have some #hake for next fridays market in Newlyn or Brixham... Enjoy your weekend !

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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Quick landing and away!

Have 74bxs hake 29pollock 10bxs ling 7bxscod for days work yday  - running to Newlyn to land and away again YES 2 days to go

Friday, 2 March 2012

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good evening
Little bit of fish on the move today but lot of trouble with seals.
Same 5 netters here Sparkling Line just back after landing this
morning he shooting south of our gear now wind at moment is Southerly
4-5 getting fresher tomorrow 5-7 SSW. Couple more days to go that be
us finished...position 50.12N...06.54W

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Where does that fish from the Ajax go?

ThroughTheGaps the good people of Chelsea are loving their hake. Especially caught from that fantastic boat . God bless her

Now this is just the sort of message we love to see being fed back from our customers up in the smoke - nice one Rex! Been a while since I had my bonnet trimmed in Vidal Sassoons round the corner!

Marks seen on the echo sounder - part 1

Of all the instruments available to the skipper in the wheelhouse, the electronic echo-sounder still plays a major role in the detection of fish and reading of the seabed or 'botttom'. Early models, using sound waves beamed straight down from the hull of the boat, used a roll of paper that continually moved across to display the results received by the transducer from the bottom. Today's meters display in colour on a screen - pale blue being the weakest signal return all the way through to blood red indicating something much more solid.  A soft bottom like mud shows up as a thin red line with a fat orange/yellow section, a harder bottom loses the yellow and becomes a thick red as the hardness increases.

In this photo taken aboard the Ajax as she steamed for Newlyn two large marks of fish - thought to be herring - can be seen. The large white number indicates the depth of the water in fathoms - for those not familiar, a fathom is six feet or 1.82 metres. That means that the shoal of fish is around 15 times a fathom high - around 90 feet - that's a lot of fish! The screen is split with the lower half showing an expanded section from the bottom up to 3 fathoms - a typical working configuration for netters and trawlers wanting to interpret the water under the boat.

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Back at sea
We just left Newlyn for another 3/4 day trip on Hake,weather very
fine. We going working NW of Isles of Scilly this trip, we be
fishing along side Sparkling Line,Govenek of Ladram,Golden Harvest
and Garry M all Gillnetters...
Hope to back for Markets on mon/tue in Newlyn and Brixham

Great British Chefs - eat hake!

Image courtesy of Great British Chefs
Wit the Ajax landing fish on Newlyn and Brixham fish markets this morning - here's a cahnce to indulge in a dish using the fish with a real hint of Spain in the ingredients - chorizo! Cannned chickpeas are OK to use too!

Celebrate great British food like hake along with all the other home-grown delights that are now in season by visiting the Great British Chefs web site for more recipes and ideas from great British Chefs and restaurants. There's even an app for your mobile phone too to help keep in touch with what our top chefs and other fish fanatics are up to around the UK.

The salt of the chorizo perfectly balances the earthy chickpeas and fresh coriander in this delicious fish dish from Geoffrey Smeddle. You'll need to soak your chickpeas overnight for this recipe so make sure you plan ahead - alternatively you can buy tinned, cooked chickpeas and save yourself some prep time.

Ingredients: (for four big British appetites!)

4 lemons, three cut into wedges and one for juicing 
1 carrot, peeled and halved lengthways 
1 slice of bacon 150g of chorizo sausage 
1 onion, peeled and cut into wedges 
150ml of double cream salt pepper olive oil 
1 bunch of coriander, leaves chopped 
500g of dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in cold water 
2kg of fillet of hake, scaled and pin boned

Soak the chickpeas in cold water, ensuring there is twice the volume of water to chickpeas
Once soaked, strain off the water, place the chickpeas in a colander and rinse well under cold running water
Transfer them to a large pan and add the carrot, onion, bacon and a good glug of olive oil
Add enough water to rise at least a couple of inches above the chickpeas, then simmer until very tender, keeping an eye on the water in case it needs topping up
Once the chickpeas are cooked, let them cool in the liquor, removing the veg and bacon
Once cool, take about a fifth of the chickpeas out of the liquid, place in the jug of a blender with the cream and, if needed, a little cooking liquid, then process to a coarse purée . Store in a tub until needed
Place the chorizo in a pan of cold water, bring to a simmer and then strain immediately. Once cool enough to handle, peel off the skin, cut the meat into 1cm dice and place in a pan large enough to hold the chickpeas too
Cook on a moderate heat until the chorizo is gently sizzling, add the rest of the chickpeas and enough cooking liquid so the pan is moist
When hot, add the chickpea puree, taste for seasoning and keep warm while cooking the hake
Heat a large non-stick pan and add a generous amount of oil. Season the skin of the hake with salt and place in the pan skin side down, frying each piece for about 4 minutes until the skin crisps
Turn the fish over and remove the pan from the heat. Add a good squeeze of lemon juice to the pan, spooning the juices over the fish as it frys
Add the coriander to the chickpeas, taste for seasoning then arrange on a platter. Place the fillets of hake on top, spoon on the pan juices and serve