Oyster Dredging

On the second Saturday in September we were invited Oyster Dredging on Johnathan Simper’s ‘Bawley’. (Robert Simper, his dad went to school with Uncle Mick and has written may books about the River Deben and surrounding area). Robert and Johnathan met us at the quay at Brightlingsea. It was damp and chilly but we couldn’t hang around as we had a 19th century fisherman to collect! Steve apparently may not yet have entered the 1 9th century. He has a mobile phone and once tried to put credit on it but he gave up. Steve walked out to the boat at almost low water via an old rope walkway which ran out across the mud in a narrow creek, he had his sailor’s bag on his back and once aboard he swung the lead to help us navigate out to deeper water. We headed out to the dredging match start where Steve taught us the correct way to catch oysters. I think our total was 17! 1.3kilos, even some of these were rejected and we weren’t allowed to keep them. The winners had 4.5 kilos. It was an amazing spectacle which you may get to see on next year’s series of Coast as the film crew were out with us. I took 200 photos so will try to find you a few.

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