Sorry to read you have had a bad trip. Did you discuss your dissapointment with the skipper before posting on a public forum, i'm sure that he would have viewed the situation differently to you and would have given you a reasonable explanation of why it didn't happen. You have just learned the difference between fishing and catching. Even defra would like to know how to say for certain there's ling down there or cod, it would save a huge amount of discard.
During the course of a year i have quite a few trips cancelled due to mainly weather situations, it is the skippers decision even if the likes of us weather experts think differently. Sometimes you get on the boat full of expectation and it does not happen, although dissapointing it does not stop you from trying again, surly.
This year there already has been notable catches made with this boat, posted on here, so i would again have to say thats fishing. There has already on here been a huge amount of postings with regards to how good the inshore cod fishing has become up there, again i have to say that thats fishing. One minute they are there the next there not.
Sorry Barry but I think Marting has been very measured and reasonable in making his observations.
On the weather issue :The boat is a huge , stable and very seaworthy ex naval vessel and is advertised as such if the weather came I am sure it would have been more than capable of dodging back to port also bearing in mind it is usually the speed of the drift that makes fishing impossible NOT the size of sea. Also unless there was a big change in forecast why go out there anyway?
There is no excuse for the crew wasting valuble fish. In 20 yrs of angling at Whitby it is the !st time Ive heard of fish spoiling aboard. I know Challenge used to pride himself in keeping the catch in prime condition regardless of pressure and quantity and has been rightly thanked on many occasions for this.
As for the food- well who pays twice for poor grub?