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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Quite a Catch

Small boy, big fish - my husband, aged seven, looking very pleased with his catch. His family would spend part of the long Summer break from school, in Anglesey, North Wales. They usually stayed in a cottage very near the beach. His father would join them for the part of the holiday, when work allowed, but for most of the time he, his mother and siblings enjoyed catching up with friends. The same families would visit the area every year, and while the mums chatted, knitted and drank tea from a Thermos flask, the younger ones would go off and explore.


One of the families owned a boat and would take the my husband and his father out fishing. He would sit at the back of the boat ‘spinning’ for mackerel and one day caught the bream, shown in the picture. Like the small boy in the prompt photo, he doesn’t look too sure how to hold it. These days he would hold it at arm’s length, or preferably not at all. He doesn’t eat fish, or any sort of seafood, and if we find ourselves near a fish stall on our travels, we have to hurry past quickly. This is rather a shame as we live on an island, and not far from our home is a village renowned for its seafood restaurants.

I wonder if the subject of the prompt picture actually liked to eat fish. We’ll never know. I must admit when I was 'trawling’ through Flickr Commons for the next batch of Sepia Saturday prompts, this one  had to go into the net. Both little boys are very endearing and I still consider my husband quite a catch.

Join us this week to see what stories and pictures others have shared, inspired by the tiny fisherman below.



8 comments:

  1. That is a shame you don't get to eat fish, it's good for you! Maybe your husband was traumatised by the experience of catching the fish or by whatever happened next, but it's a nice photograph all the same.

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  2. Yes, your husband is quite a catch. I know many people who don't eat fish for various reasons.

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  3. I don't like fish except I can tolerate the frozen kind breaded and ready to go in the oven. But I do like seafood - crab, shrimp - especially prawns, abalone, scallops, and lobster dipped in melted butter! Clams are okay in Boston clam chowder, but oysters are a big NO. :)

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  4. He is justified in looking pleased about such a fine catch. I learned about holding the fish at arms length towards the camera from a work colleague a few year's ago. Judging by the photos of children and their catch in this series of blog posts, I think it is only adults who resort to such techniques.

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  5. Well punned! I enjoyed seeing your husband as a boy with a big fish. Sorry he's missing out on the treats and the benefits they offer now. I also wondered what the pretty orange/red flowers are on that vine behind him.

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  6. I can see why you picked the fish prompt with such a ready photo on hand to match it.

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  7. If he'd worn socks you'd have a perfect match! I imagine Lanzarote has terrific seafood, and perhaps fish not common to European markets.

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  8. What an ideal match for this week’s prompt!

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