Fishing and Fishermen

Brighton Sea Anglers Club c1938/39

By Roger Wheater

Before WWII

My Father Alfred Wheater belonged to the Brighton Sea Anglers Club before the second World War, and he took me on my very first fishing trip.  We gathered at the clubs premises below the Arches. It was a place that smelt of tar and fish and was home to a fascinating array of fishing and boat gear. 

A meeting place

I suspect it was also a meeting place for many piscatorial characters but I have no memory of them.  Members of the club had their own modest sized clinker built boats and these were towed by a more substantial craft to the fishing grounds some miles off shore. It was very exciting the small boat hissing through the water at speed with the waves hitting the prow and spilling a fine spray over father and me. 

Still fishing today

I know we caught mackerel and probably other species as well, but it was the mackerel with their green stripes, silver bodies and streamlined shape that I best remember. Since that day in c.1938/9 I have fished all over the world and continue to do so in Scotland.

Photo:You can still eat locally caught fish today

You can still eat locally caught fish today

Photo by Tony Mould

This page was added on 12/07/2011.
Comments about this page

I remember the trawlermens social club that was in Kings Road Arches where the fishermens museum is now. I worked there for about 8 years. The fishermen would come in the mornings after a night at sea for a cup of tea and a sandwich then they would go in the arches next door to mend their nets. They use to talk about the old days when there fathers before them use to go out fishing on the trawlers but there was one word that you didnt mention in front of a fisherman and that was rabbit - that for a fisherman is unlucky.

By Kathleen Catt (22/07/2011)

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