Frank was born in Cullercoats. He fished from Cullercoats and North Shields from 1979 to 1989. He has been involved with the RNLI since he was a teenager and is now Deputy Launching Authority. Frank is also a member of The Coble and Keelboat Society.
Frank was interviewed by Kylea Little on 4 December 2005. The interview took place at Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat station and lasted 21 minutes and 11 seconds.
"Well, in the summer we’d go out at about, about four o’clock in the morning"
Well, in the summer we’d go out at about, about four o’clock in the morning, salmon fishing and we’d stay there until often seven, eight o’clock in the evening, we’d come ashore. In the winter, we’d get up and try and get out in the boat for about seven o’clock in the morning, put the nets in and we’d be finished early afternoon.
The salmon fishing’s a waiting game. You shoot your nets and then you have to wait for the fish to swim into it, so there was a lot of time to kill then, but you had to be constantly aware for ships coming towards you because your nets are floating, and seals- seals are a big problem, so you’ve got to constantly control the nets to take the fish out before a seal gets it. In the wintertime when we used to work cod nets and that would be, you’d be working all the time at that game.
Like the lobster pots, you’re working all the time but somebody has to steer and somebody has to haul the nets, so if you’re steering you get very cold and if you’re hauling the nets you get nice and warm. When you got too cold you just took the lid off the engine box and sit on the engine and get warm through.
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