LOL Marty.Yeah some of my grandas tales about the coquet in and about that time or maybe a bit earlier would make your hair curl (even if your bald) and my mother can well rember the coquet having a fully commercial netting station at the grandstand, different times! More fish! No conservation! Maybe more primitive methods, saved the day and less rods due to less time off for workers
There‘s a nice painting or engraving of the sweep net in the Castle Pool on the Web somewhere.
Also the guy at the bridge was quite a card apparently. You should read Frank Buckland’s description of the Warkworth Trap C 1880. The Hermit was on a 10% tithe to fund his candles. Bit like the Convent joke: “ Candles Out “ .
Later on the River Board‘s patrol boat was set afire by a family who shall remain nameless but allowed to continue with a salmon net-licence.
Did your mum ever mention the accident at the boat-landing when 6 Hardy’s fly-tiers capsised their boat and one drowned ? About 1937, was a lovely village in the turnip for X’mas days