History of fishing

History of Fishing

Morecambe Bay Shrimps have been caught by local fishermen from Flookburgh, Ulverston, Bardsea and along the coast road to Rampside for hundreds of years.

At first people fished with a "hand net" between three to six feet wide on the end of a pole, which was pushed out in front of you in shallow water. The problem with this was that you could not go that deep in case you got swept away by the currents. So they began to use horses.

The horse would pull a cart with a shrimp net behind, the net would be approx 10 feet wide and the horse would be able to go much deeper than the fisherman, not only because of its size but its weight also.

Then tractors look over from the horse and a trailer was attached to a rope up to two hundred metres long. The wheels were set so that when the rope was pulled with the tractor running along the waters edge, the trailer would go into the water at depths the "Hand Net" on a horse and cart could not go. The tractor could also pull two nets, up to 15 feet each, at the same time, giving the fishermen more chance of a larger catch. Horse & cart in the Sea.

Horse and cart in sea

Shrimps in Morecambe Bay are found just off the fast running water of a channel, and also in "Gutters" and "Dykes" that feed into the channels. When the tide goes out the width of these areas decreases and the shrimps gather together. Different to boat fishermen, who work around four to eight hours after high water depending on the height of the tide.

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