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Metal poke stakes or stours as they are called locally(not sure of the spelling)are stacked while not in use. These stakes are driven into the sand when in use and nets hung on them to catch salmon.These have been her for a number of years for some reason. The poke nets are still being fished and I understand that these are just stours not needed at the moment.This view is from the Solway Firth towards Annan. You can see the location here
Click on the link at the bottom of the page to the shore walk and then click on the map. This was taken in the Solway Firth south of the area marked Summergate. This my stomping ground from where my Solway Fishing pictures have been taken.
Poke nets are a pocket type net. The three types of fishing found on the Scottish side of the Solway are stake , poke and haaf net. Stake and poke are desribed in legal jargon as "fixed engines". This means that they are fixed and semi permanent in that the stakes that hold the nets are driven into the sands and the nets are put up and taken down at the beginning and end of the season. Haaf nets by contrast are strung over a frame (beam) that is carried across the sand to be held by the fishermen in the water. Adter the end of eaach tide the men carry these 16 foot beams back to shore.

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