A sultry summer's dawn on the Lizard Peninsular saw me down on the tideline of Kennack Sands long before the first light had lit the eastern horizon. The still air was laced with an unmistakable tang and the bay's surface was shimmering with a translucent film of oil. The whitebait were running! For a few days each year, these young Sprats gather in large shoals that are targeted by local fishermen.
From my position amongst the rocks, I could hear the muted voices of a group preparing their Seine net. This is a long net that is drawn out from the beach by rowboat. The boatman you can see is stealthily playing out his net in a wide arc leading out across the bay and back to shore. Then comes the back-breaking task of drawing the net in, fuelled by the anticipation of the catch.
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Location: Lizard Peninsular, Cornwall
Photographer: Chris Simmons