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Dòighean iasgaich ann an Gallaibh (4)
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QZP40_CAITHNESS_CROFTING_32
SIORRACHD/PARRAIST
GALLAIBH
LINN
1980an
CRUTHADAIR
Alec Thomson
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Leabharlainn na Gàidhealtachd
AITHNEACHADH MAOINE
41333
KEYWORDS
claistinneach
iasgach
bàtaichean-iasgaich
lìontan iasgaich
iasgairean
iasg

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B' e iasgair ann an Inbhir Theòrsa a bh' ann an Ailig MacThòmais. Sa phìos seo tha e a' bruidhinn air iasgach nan lèabag.

'The halibut is e main, was the most dear, expensive fish, ye know, in at days. Ye got more for halibut. If ye got two halibut or three halibut ye got as much for that as ye get a shot o, shot o cod, ye know? But the prices rose an fell, ye see, according to the weather. In some o the east winds, an storms on e east coast, ye got good prices for cod, in at days too, an we used til make a - no, we never made a fortune but we made a living oot o it, ye know? An we got twa, three halibut, an oh when ye got halibut, ye wis a big fisher then. If ye got 10 or 12 halibut at was a good shot for ye.

Oh, an Dunnet Head is very good ere, too. Doon on is side o Dunnet Head intae Clardon Head an stackin wi your, wi your daan ere at Clardon Head, an shottan em right towards the mansion doon at Dwarwick Head doon ere. Ye go in a certain distance where ye take e hill, comes in on e point, an at was e edge o the ground. Once ye get at hill that e edge ye got. Ye got right along e edge o the ground, try an get em on the edge, between the sanded bottom an e hard, ye know, e fish usually lies on e edge o the sand. Get them down ere. An ye all try - that's what they call Whitefield, an many's a good fishing came oot o there.

An then there's a sanded bank - outside of Whitefield - there's another big sanded patch what they called the Sands, an there's 17 fathom o watter on it. An this is a great place for gettin that halibut an querns, what they call querns [turbot], ye know a roon fish jist like a big flatfish, but it's a quern they call im. An they used til get halibut on e Sands an all, it was all sand ye see? That was a good stretch o ground, the Sands; ye can go from Dunnet Head near up til, very near up past Clardon Head ere, it's all clean bottom.'

'S e an dòigh iasgaich a bu shìmplidh a bhith ag obair le driamlach no loidhne, a' cleachdadh lìn fhada le dubhain agus biathadh orra ach an glacadh iad trosg, langa, adag agus iasg geal eile, agus iasg caol mar turbaid agus lèabag. Bha dà sheòrsa iasgach le driamlach ann, lìn bheaga air an cleachdadh faisg air tìr airson an èisg bheag gheal agus lìn mhòra a ghlacadh èisg na bu mhotha ann an uisgeachan domhainn. Bha an driamlach glè thric uabhasach fada. 'S ann ann an aitheamhan a bhiodh iad a' tomhas faid, gu h-oifigeil 's e sia troighean a bh' ann an aitheamh, ach mar a b' abhaist dìreach aitheamh an duine a bha ga thomhas (an tomhas eadar a dhà làimh sgaoilte gach taobh). Bha iasgach nan driamlach ag iarraidh obair mòran dhaoine agus dh'fhaodadh gum biodh an teaghlach gu lèir an sàs san obair, le boireannaich is clann a' cruinneachadh a' bhiathaidh agus ag ullachadh nan uidheaman air an tràigh mus biodh na h-iasgairean a' dol gu muir. Bhiodh iad glè thric a' cleachadadh sgadan na bhiathadh ach ann an cuid de bhailtean beaga bhiodh iad a' buain mhaoraich a chuireadh iad air na dubhain.

Sna 1920an chaidh iasgach le lìn 'seine' a thoirt a-steach ann an Linne Mhoireibh agus thàinig an doigh iasgaich sin a bhith na dòigh abhaisteach gus iasg geal agus leòbagan a ghlacadh air taobh an ear na h-Alba. Bha cabhlach mòr de bhàtaichean nan 'seine-net' ann an Inbhir Ùige, agus cabhlach na bu lugha ag obair a-mach à Inbhir Theòrsa. 'S e an dòigh obrach a bh' aca a bhith a' tilgeil agus a' tarraing lìon fhada a ghlacadh iasg fhathast san uisge na bhroinn. 'S e pìos den uidheam a bha gu math cudthromach an 'dhan' no 'dan-buoy', pòla a bhiodh a' fleodradh le aon cheann sìos a shealladh dhaibh far an robh aon cheann den lìon, air neo ann an iasgach le driamlach, a' sealltainn far an robh an ceann a b'fhaide air falbh den loidhne.

Bhiodh iasgairean a' lorg far an robh iad aig muir le bhith a' coimhead air comharraidhean-tìre, leithid rubhannan no togalaichean mòra, eòlas a dh'fheumadh a bhith aca ach an lorgadh iad na h-àiteachan a b' fheàrr ann an grunnd na mara far an glacadh iad èisg. 'S e 'meezes' cuideachd a bhiodh aca air na comharraidhean seo. Bhiodh sgìrean den ghrunnd a b'fheàrr leis gach iasgair, agus mar bu trice chuireadh iad ainmean orra.

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Dòighean iasgaich ann an Gallaibh (4)

GALLAIBH

1980an

claistinneach; iasgach; bàtaichean-iasgaich; lìontan iasgaich; iasgairean; iasg

Leabharlainn na Gàidhealtachd

Caithness Recordings: Fishing

B' e iasgair ann an Inbhir Theòrsa a bh' ann an Ailig MacThòmais. Sa phìos seo tha e a' bruidhinn air iasgach nan lèabag.<br /> <br /> 'The halibut is e main, was the most dear, expensive fish, ye know, in at days. Ye got more for halibut. If ye got two halibut or three halibut ye got as much for that as ye get a shot o, shot o cod, ye know? But the prices rose an fell, ye see, according to the weather. In some o the east winds, an storms on e east coast, ye got good prices for cod, in at days too, an we used til make a - no, we never made a fortune but we made a living oot o it, ye know? An we got twa, three halibut, an oh when ye got halibut, ye wis a big fisher then. If ye got 10 or 12 halibut at was a good shot for ye. <br /> <br /> Oh, an Dunnet Head is very good ere, too. Doon on is side o Dunnet Head intae Clardon Head an stackin wi your, wi your daan ere at Clardon Head, an shottan em right towards the mansion doon at Dwarwick Head doon ere. Ye go in a certain distance where ye take e hill, comes in on e point, an at was e edge o the ground. Once ye get at hill that e edge ye got. Ye got right along e edge o the ground, try an get em on the edge, between the sanded bottom an e hard, ye know, e fish usually lies on e edge o the sand. Get them down ere. An ye all try - that's what they call Whitefield, an many's a good fishing came oot o there. <br /> <br /> An then there's a sanded bank - outside of Whitefield - there's another big sanded patch what they called the Sands, an there's 17 fathom o watter on it. An this is a great place for gettin that halibut an querns, what they call querns [turbot], ye know a roon fish jist like a big flatfish, but it's a quern they call im. An they used til get halibut on e Sands an all, it was all sand ye see? That was a good stretch o ground, the Sands; ye can go from Dunnet Head near up til, very near up past Clardon Head ere, it's all clean bottom.'<br /> <br /> 'S e an dòigh iasgaich a bu shìmplidh a bhith ag obair le driamlach no loidhne, a' cleachdadh lìn fhada le dubhain agus biathadh orra ach an glacadh iad trosg, langa, adag agus iasg geal eile, agus iasg caol mar turbaid agus lèabag. Bha dà sheòrsa iasgach le driamlach ann, lìn bheaga air an cleachdadh faisg air tìr airson an èisg bheag gheal agus lìn mhòra a ghlacadh èisg na bu mhotha ann an uisgeachan domhainn. Bha an driamlach glè thric uabhasach fada. 'S ann ann an aitheamhan a bhiodh iad a' tomhas faid, gu h-oifigeil 's e sia troighean a bh' ann an aitheamh, ach mar a b' abhaist dìreach aitheamh an duine a bha ga thomhas (an tomhas eadar a dhà làimh sgaoilte gach taobh). Bha iasgach nan driamlach ag iarraidh obair mòran dhaoine agus dh'fhaodadh gum biodh an teaghlach gu lèir an sàs san obair, le boireannaich is clann a' cruinneachadh a' bhiathaidh agus ag ullachadh nan uidheaman air an tràigh mus biodh na h-iasgairean a' dol gu muir. Bhiodh iad glè thric a' cleachadadh sgadan na bhiathadh ach ann an cuid de bhailtean beaga bhiodh iad a' buain mhaoraich a chuireadh iad air na dubhain. <br /> <br /> Sna 1920an chaidh iasgach le lìn 'seine' a thoirt a-steach ann an Linne Mhoireibh agus thàinig an doigh iasgaich sin a bhith na dòigh abhaisteach gus iasg geal agus leòbagan a ghlacadh air taobh an ear na h-Alba. Bha cabhlach mòr de bhàtaichean nan 'seine-net' ann an Inbhir Ùige, agus cabhlach na bu lugha ag obair a-mach à Inbhir Theòrsa. 'S e an dòigh obrach a bh' aca a bhith a' tilgeil agus a' tarraing lìon fhada a ghlacadh iasg fhathast san uisge na bhroinn. 'S e pìos den uidheam a bha gu math cudthromach an 'dhan' no 'dan-buoy', pòla a bhiodh a' fleodradh le aon cheann sìos a shealladh dhaibh far an robh aon cheann den lìon, air neo ann an iasgach le driamlach, a' sealltainn far an robh an ceann a b'fhaide air falbh den loidhne. <br /> <br /> Bhiodh iasgairean a' lorg far an robh iad aig muir le bhith a' coimhead air comharraidhean-tìre, leithid rubhannan no togalaichean mòra, eòlas a dh'fheumadh a bhith aca ach an lorgadh iad na h-àiteachan a b' fheàrr ann an grunnd na mara far an glacadh iad èisg. 'S e 'meezes' cuideachd a bhiodh aca air na comharraidhean seo. Bhiodh sgìrean den ghrunnd a b'fheàrr leis gach iasgair, agus mar bu trice chuireadh iad ainmean orra.