Sand eeling

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Sand eeling by day in the shadow of Mont Orgueil Castle

Sand eeling was a popular summer beach activity before World War 2.

Large groups would gather at dusk with forks and rakes in pursuit of these tiny fish which live just below the surface of the beach, particularly at Grève au Lançon (Plemont) in the north-west of the island, and the Royal Bay of Grouville in the east.

Historian Poingdestre wrote:

"The fish is four or five Inches long of ye colour of a Smelt, very slender, called Lançon, as if one should say a little lance, for soe is the figure thereof. It lies hidden in moving sandbanks and is best taken in the night about July or August; for it glisters and is easily seen in the drake, when ye sand being moved with an Iron, it leapes up. There is such plenty of it at times that it is nothing for one person to take a Bushell of them. It is eaten bones and all, boyled or fryed. It might allsoe be prepared after the manner of Anchoves."
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