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Dòighean iasgaich ann an Gallaibh (5)
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QZP40_CAITHNESS_CROFTING_33
SIORRACHD/PARRAIST
GALLAIBH
LINN
1980an
CRUTHADAIR
Alec Thomson
NEACH-FIOSRACHAIDH
Leabharlainn na Gàidhealtachd
AITHNEACHADH MAOINE
41334
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 chlaistinneach seo tha e a' bruidhinn air an iasgach far chosta a tuath Ghallaibh.

'An then when ye're on e Sands, then inside o e Sands again there's a rock - what e call e e rocket ground, it's on e chart written - ye'll see the sea when a storm comes breakan on it, oh ye'll see the sea foamin on top o it wi a storm, ye know? An it comes right in, right til e shore sometimes. Wild, wild place, e rocket ground. Ye've got til be careful of e storms an never try and cross at bank, at rock. There's 8 fathom on it at low water but e linemen usually watch it, the men for cod, the jiggin for cod, ye know, the hand-line men but e great line men didnae bother much wi it.

An then ye can go west end, west til e Sutherlandshire coast, away up off o Strathy Point ere. But, Bighouse Head they called it, it was good for cod, Bighouse Head was great for cod fishing. Sandside Head an Bighouse Head, at was e Sandside Bank, ye know? Ye see, Bighouse Head formed e west part o Sandside. An the hill, the hill, Ben Reay, Ben Reay they call it, the Hill o Reay we called it, ye take at on til a corner o Sandside harbour, an at was e east part o Sandside. Well, that was the whole length o e Sandside Bank from ere til Bighouse Head, ye know? An then there was a mark then for yer distance off, was Scullomie, Hill a Scullomie, come off for e Point o Strathy. When ee got at mark off in Scullomie ye was oot, way oot on a hard bottom ere, ye didna go no further off than at, when ye're lookan for cod, because e seine net'll no travel on e hard bottom, ye see? If ye're lookin, if ye've a seine net, ye'll no go oot past Scullomie because ye're intil e hard bottom. An when ye come intil e hard bottom yer net catches on e bottom, ye see? An yer rock catches, an e net's stuck, an she'll no come up, she'll no travel, ye see? An when your net doesna travel on e bottom ye get no fish, cos yer net's no movan. An when ye pull up yer net she's all torn an ripped up, an ye have got til turn to an repair her, ye see? That's the skills when ye're workan wi e seine net, especially e seine net. Ye've got til know the seabed for pinchin all at rocks, ye know? Keep inside them. Oh there's some men very clever at at, you know?'

'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 (5)

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 chlaistinneach seo tha e a' bruidhinn air an iasgach far chosta a tuath Ghallaibh.<br /> <br /> 'An then when ye're on e Sands, then inside o e Sands again there's a rock - what e call e e rocket ground, it's on e chart written - ye'll see the sea when a storm comes breakan on it, oh ye'll see the sea foamin on top o it wi a storm, ye know? An it comes right in, right til e shore sometimes. Wild, wild place, e rocket ground. Ye've got til be careful of e storms an never try and cross at bank, at rock. There's 8 fathom on it at low water but e linemen usually watch it, the men for cod, the jiggin for cod, ye know, the hand-line men but e great line men didnae bother much wi it. <br /> <br /> An then ye can go west end, west til e Sutherlandshire coast, away up off o Strathy Point ere. But, Bighouse Head they called it, it was good for cod, Bighouse Head was great for cod fishing. Sandside Head an Bighouse Head, at was e Sandside Bank, ye know? Ye see, Bighouse Head formed e west part o Sandside. An the hill, the hill, Ben Reay, Ben Reay they call it, the Hill o Reay we called it, ye take at on til a corner o Sandside harbour, an at was e east part o Sandside. Well, that was the whole length o e Sandside Bank from ere til Bighouse Head, ye know? An then there was a mark then for yer distance off, was Scullomie, Hill a Scullomie, come off for e Point o Strathy. When ee got at mark off in Scullomie ye was oot, way oot on a hard bottom ere, ye didna go no further off than at, when ye're lookan for cod, because e seine net'll no travel on e hard bottom, ye see? If ye're lookin, if ye've a seine net, ye'll no go oot past Scullomie because ye're intil e hard bottom. An when ye come intil e hard bottom yer net catches on e bottom, ye see? An yer rock catches, an e net's stuck, an she'll no come up, she'll no travel, ye see? An when your net doesna travel on e bottom ye get no fish, cos yer net's no movan. An when ye pull up yer net she's all torn an ripped up, an ye have got til turn to an repair her, ye see? That's the skills when ye're workan wi e seine net, especially e seine net. Ye've got til know the seabed for pinchin all at rocks, ye know? Keep inside them. Oh there's some men very clever at at, you know?'<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.