My family and I were enjoying a nice walk along the headlands at Souter Lighthouse when I first spotted Richie – he was about to land a fish so I pointed him out to my son (3) and told him to watch what was about to happen – but it was a false alarm and he put his rod back on its stand and resumed talking to a couple sat on a bench nearby. We headed cakewards instead.
Later though as my son was happily playing on some climbing frames I wondered if “that fisherman” was still around and moreover whether he was on his own now. Yes on both accounts although he had moved along the cliff a bit.
I walked up to Richie and for the first time in my project started talking to him without mentioning my project and he was happy to talk to me. I did get around to mentioning the photo after a couple of minutes though and he agreed without any reservations. As usual I explained about my project anyway and later handed him a card as he said he would look it up next week.
When I first approached Richie he was in the middle of recasting so I took a few “in action” shots and chatted a bit until he was finished – I then took a few “proper” shots and chatted a bit more then thanked him for his time and headed back to my family – conscious not to abandon them for too long.
I asked the obvious question (actually I think I asked it twice) but so far Richie hadn’t caught anything and informed me that the conditions were too bright as the fish (cod) come closer to shore later in the day but the conditions right now were not encouraging this – his plan was to stay out until 6ish so he still had one and a half hours to get some joy.
Some fishy facts:
1. When he cast his rod he reckons it went about 90 yards – I was too busy photographing him at this point.
2. He uses crabmeat for bait – he snapped the end of a leg off and showed the new leg growing through underneath explaining that this meant the crab was on the verge of casting its shell and that was the point it was “ready” in bait terms.
3. He does a lot of sea fishing from a boat and he also likes to compete against his mates from a local pub on a simple “who can catch the biggest fish” basis.
4. The second obvious question – what’s your biggest catch: 23lb cod
5. He started to get seriously interested in fishing when a (knee?) ligament injury prevented him playing recreational football any more.
Richie is a Contracts Manager for a firm that makes fireproof doors and a recent job for him was supplying doors to the hospital where my wife works. His job entails amongst other things scheduling the whole process and ensuring that the factory floor knows the details of the contract sufficiently to fulfill the order. (One of the first things he said to me was that he’d had a hard week.)
Richie thanks very much for your time today and for helping me with my project – I hope you landed a whopper after I left!
PS: #49 … next one’s a biggie!!!
This picture is #49 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page