"Kind of lets you off the hook, don't it?" the old man said with a smile.
The fishery is also carried on along the coast of Norfolk and Suffolk, where great quantities of the fish are caught with hook and line, and conveyed to market alive in "well-boats" specially built for this traffic. Such boats have been in use since the beginning of the '8th century.
He wants to hook you up with his brother, by the way.