Try to make time for some sea fishing
During any warm summer try to make time for a trip to the seaside to stock up on fish. It makes a pleasant change from the smallholder’s usual diet of pork and mutton.
Mackerel is the summer holiday fish of choice in many areas. They are easy to catch on a simple lure and if you locate a shoal you will quickly land as many as you need to fill the freezer.
On rocky coastlines fishing from the shore with a casting rod can be very successful, but for the best results you will need a boat. A kayak is ideal as it is easily transportable on the roof of an ordinary car. We built our own, but you can pick them up second hand very cheaply.
One of the nice things about mackerel is that they require so little preparation prior to freezing. Simply cut off the tail, open up the belly from the vent to the head and then cut around just behind the fins. Give the head a twist and pull it off and the guts will come with it.
Other fish that you may catch on the same lures include pollack and coley, which are not dissimilar to cod.
Building a kayak. They are ideal for fishing on rocky coastlines
Handlines for mackerel fishing from a boat
A good catch of mackerel, ready for the freezer