44. The Codlin Hole

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A mile or so affshore fae Portsoy is the Codlin Hole far we eest tae go tae catch mackerel wi a 12 hook temet, 'n if they werna biting, wi wid try ripping for cod. Often anough we widna catch nithin but I wisnae a that worried - it seemed a shame tae disturb them as they and a the ither fishies darted aboot in aneth the water. The Codling Hole is about a mile out from Portsoy. We used to go there to catch mackerel and, should they not be around, we would rip for cod - Gadus callarius. Often we were unsuccessful but as we were murdering for pleasure rather than necessity this was perhaps a good thing.

Nature - February 1994

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