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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Trawler Tales - episode 1 foucuses on the Ajax tonight

Trawler Tales on ITV at 8pm tonight, first of three episodes.

The small town has 800 fishermen, one of whom is Alan, the skipper of the Ajax boat. He and his crew spend more time at sea together than they do at home. First mate Matt is the skipper’s second in command and gives an insight into their daily grind. He says: “I’ve got a rough idea about how this fishing works and it’s not just about shooting nets. There’s a whole heap of things about tides and winds and fish movements and fish feeds – you know, how the fish are feeding. There’s a lot to it. Yeah, there’s a lot of skill involved but then again there’s also a little bit of luck – Alan’s Irish and they say, ‘The luck of the Irish,’ so that may help him as well. I’m from the Midlands so no luck – that’s why I came to Cornwall.”

After a tricky six days at sea in which they break their £7,000 nets in their struggle to find fish, the Ajax is finally heading back to port and Alan is looking forward to seeing his wife Lynda and daughter Merryn. He says: “Merryn’s five now, she’s funny. We only found out recently that she has mild autism. We go along with her, like, and it’s easier for us to get into her world than try to teach her how to get into ours. So that’s the way we’ve been doing it and whether that’s right or wrong I don’t know but she seems to get along better when we try to do it that way.”