Sepia Saturday 102 – fish

In keeping with Alan’s great Sepia Saturday photo of a shop selling, amongst other things, fresh fish, I think the nearest I can get to being on theme this week is this photo from Great Granny’s Album of my great grandfather, James Stewart, fishing at Loch Earn in Perthshire.  It was 7 July 1928 and they were staying at the Lochearnhead Hotel.

Like her Dad, Granny was a competent fisherwoman (not to be confused with a fishwife) and often came home with more fish/bigger fish than my grandfather did, much to his disdain.

My Dad inherited the fondness for fishing and had a small 16′ boat with an outboard motor which he kept on a loch near the North Coast of Scotland.  I was only in it once – when it was delivered to our home – and I sat in it on the trailer, not the water.  Accompanying Dad on his fishing trips meant promising to sit quietly in the boat from early morning till whenever he got fed up – as a teenager, I couldn’t have committed to that and probably still couldn’t now .  Even Ben, the black labrador, once got so bored that he jumped out of the boat and swam to the shore, ruining the rest of the day’s fishing.  He wasn’t invited again.  Mum used to entertain herself by reading or knitting, or if it was sunny (not so good for fishing) sunbathing.  Dad wore an old sweatshirt or jumper and waterproofs when fishing, unlike his Grandpa James in his shirt, tie and waistcoat 🙂

Tight lines!


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Scottish genealogist - this blog is for my own family history and photos
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18 Responses to Sepia Saturday 102 – fish

  1. QMM says:

    How fortunate you are to have this photo. Quite the gentleman here. My grandfather was quite a fisherman and had several lakes on his farm. I was never allowed to go near those ponds. My brother lives on a lake now and fishes every day. I have been fishing with him and enjoyed it but not everyday for me. Great post.

  2. Wendy says:

    Fishing in a suit! I can’t imagine getting dolled up to go fishing. Wonderful story.

  3. Jinksy says:

    That’s a great photo of intrepid fisherman! 🙂

  4. postcardy says:

    It seems strange now to see someone dressed like that for fishing.

  5. Marilyn says:

    What a lovely photo of your great grandfather, he looks such a lovely man.

  6. Alan Burnett says:

    It is such a great photograph. What is it about some photographs – they seem to get so near to the subject you can almost know them.

  7. I hope he didn’t ruin his suit!

  8. Bob Scotney says:

    Do my eyes deceive me or is that a pin holding the two tabs of his collar down. Who took this great photo I wonder?

    • Jo says:

      Hi Bob thanks for your visit & comment – yes, indeed, I think James is sporting collar studs and a tie tack 🙂 Jo

  9. Little Nell says:

    Now that looks like a man in his element. What alovely photo to have.

  10. It’s always very entertaining to see the attire that was once worn for such a outdoorsy hobby. Great story. Thanks for sharing it!

  11. Liz Stratton says:

    That photo is a treasure. The pin-stripe suit is an interesting counter-point to beams in the bow of the boat. This is a photo worthy of a thousand words! Thanks for sharing it.

  12. TICKLEBEAR says:

    too fancy a dresser…
    (first time I see a fisherman with a tie…)
    but a great pic!!

  13. Karen S. says:

    That was such a cool thing about those days…people always looked nice when they left the house..even taking pictures around the house! great photo!

  14. Ha! The part about the bored doggy has me laughing out loud. Love the photo and your stories.
    Thank you so much for your visit,

    Kathy M.

    • Jo says:

      Kathy, Dad was so irate the dog was banned from the boat from then on. He’d always been so good until then…

  15. This shot reminds me so much of old photos of great uncles in Scotland. An uncle Andrew dressed up like this doing something that would not require such splendid attire. It must have been a shock when he came to see the relatives in California and saw their now casual attire on the ranch.

  16. tony says:

    A Brilliant Photo.He Looks Totally Engrossed.Yes,fishing requires a rare patience.

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