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My Fishing Adventure to the east coast

May 10th 2015

Today we caught word from the DFO that the Lobster fishery in our zone will be open as of Tuesday. This means that we should be loading our boat with the first set of traps by tomorrow May 11th, and setting them first thing Tuesday Morning.

Today was also mothers day, and yes I did get a hold of mom and didn’t forget although it is something I would normally forget. It seems that when you are away from family and friends for a long period of time that you spend a lot of time thinking about them so in my case I should probably head out more often, I might remember more important days this way lol.

I was not forgotten myself either today Capt Andy stopped in just as I was settling down to a big bowl of Kraft dinner with hot dogs when he stuck his head through the door and asked if I would be interested in heading to town and meeting him and his wife for a lunch, on him. I quickly put my bowl of KD and dogs in the sink and through some socks on and was out the door. We went to a community Hall in Mabou where they were serving a buffet style mothers day lunch CAPT Andy had paid for my ticket and the feast was on. An excellent lunch and meet and greet with some locals, some great stories shared and then back to the warf to help Capt Jody get the boat together for opener.

The New guy for our boat had also arrived in town today. A Palastinian / Canadian named Kallil ? I think, After helping the Capt with the boat I headed over the new guys place to meet kallil and to get his power and water on, I was half way from the warf and kallil’s place and I see a guy walking down the road a guy not from around here. I slowed down and the guy asked me how far to the wharf? I giggled and  I asked if he was here to work for capt Jody, he was about 4 miles from his new to him dwelling, and another 4 or 5 miles to the wharf.  Kallil’s car had broken down about 1.5 hours away, the transmition had blown so now he was here to work and no vehicle to get back and forth. Good on him to continue his way I thought.

I drove the guy back to his place and I got the power on, but not the water.  The place was a disaster. The landloard had not cleaned the place from the last tenant and it looked like the place had been abandoned and had had squatters living there for months. Cobwebs were everywhere, light bulbs burnt out in almost every room, the sheets and pillows still set up in the living room next to a wood stove and  made as if it were ready for the next squatter to crash out after their next drunken night. This was the place Capt Jody asked if I wanted to stay in for the duration of my stay. I told the guy to come down to my trailer for the night and tomorrow we will work on the traps and when we are done then we can sort out the water situation in his place and go from there. At least at my place there was a bed lol. This new guy had only brought a bag of cloths and a box of food no furniture and no bedding, we’ll have to sort him out tomorrow, looks like im not the only one out for an adventure this spring. LOL

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My Finshing Adventures On The East Coast

Day 13

Woke up over the past few days with about 5cm of the white stuff on the ground each day it has disappeared by about noon time and the locals have been calling it the poor mans/farmers fertilizer. I find it crazy to have this kind of snow so late into April. Again I still have my trailer parked in the public parking lot in Inverness with no power so you get the picture (its COLD ) apparently this is fairly normal for this time of the year.

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truck loaded with rope

Over the past few days I have decided to start working with the Captain and help him get all the gear ready for the season. Some of the guys think I’m nuts working for free but one of the reasons I’m here is to get the whole experience of being a lobster fisherman.  In life I have found that no matter what your activity or task at hand is, it is always easier when you have done the proper prep work. So my feeling on the matter is this. I can’t really know what it’s like to be a Lobster fisherman unless  I’m there to experience the entire job, and that means the prep work. Otherwise all I would be doing is taking a boat ride and hauling traps and sorting lobster.  No the real work is the time leading up to the season and the time to get everything put away after the season is finished. That is why I feel it important to haul and fix traps, hang and paint Bouy’s fix frayed rope, paint the haul of the boat, and any other work needed to go into the season before it starts. This is all the stuff that doesn’t make money and is a complete expense to the captain, also he normally does it all himself year after year with only the help from his wife Crystal.

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I’m super impressed with Crystal, she is super pregnant, and tough as nails, she is out doing all the tedious work such as splicing rope, tying string on to trap doors of each trap, and doing a general maintenance of all the gear, sometimes even moving the traps when she shouldn’t be lol. She also would be out fishing once the season opens, but this year she has a bun in the oven so to speak and that’s why I’m even here.

The Captain informed me yesterday that he has hired a 2nd hand for the season to help on the boat. Apparently the guy he hired is coming up from Halifax and has never been on the water, his last job was in a bank not sure exactly what he did at the bank but all I can say is good luck to him.

 

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My Fishing Adventures Out East (MY D’OH MOMENT)

MY D’OH! Moment

Well the other day while I was touring around the island I had made my way up to a little place called Cheticamp. While in Cheticamp I had decided to go and have breakfast at a small restaurant, there was a man also getting ready to have breakfast, I asked him if he was a local fisherman?, he said he was not and if I was? I said not as of yet but was trying to be, anyway we had a short conversation for a minute or so and all the while I was thinking he looked very familiar. He had some facial scruff and a toque on, a typical fisherman outfit I thought.

Anyway I thought nothing of it until a couple of days later when I was at my favorite sandwich shop chatting with my buddy Millan (the cook) LOL ,  Millian had told me he had heard rumors that Ben Affleck was spotted in the area, immediately my hand hit my forehead as I realized exactly who I had been chatting to back in Cheticamp only a day or so earlier.  I said to Millian I was aware of Mr Affleck’s presence.  I felt like a complete moron as I had asked the very famous actor if he was a local fisherman, I’m not %100 sure it was him but maybe %99.9 LOL.

I guess if Mr Affleck  had answered my question ( If he was a local fisherman?) with a “NO, Im Batman” I may have thought he has a screw loose and politely removed myself from his presence anyway.  And just incase you were wondering the breakfast was excellent. LOL

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My fishing adventure to the east coast

My Trip to the East Coast

Day 5

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I made it up to Chiticamp NS. This morning in hopes of potentially landing a very temporary position getting the lobster/crab processing plant ready for the upcoming season, I was unsuccessful in my task, however I was again walking the docks which was very active today, all the fisherman seem to have taken advantage of today’s great weather to get their boats and gear ready.  I was talking with some local fisherman and it seems that boats have or are about to start the crab season on the east side of the island. As this is now the 2nd time I have heard this I am contemplating heading over that way in the morning to check it out. As it will be about a 1.5 hour drive I think I will leave my trailer where it is in Inverness, pack an overnight bag (just in case) and try my luck.

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For the mean time I will head back to Inverness and see what’s going on back in town. As I drive back along the coast I notice that the ice all along the coast seems to have broken up over night and is now moving away from shore. A couple of fisherman told me that when it starts to break up it doesn’t take long, fingers crossed. As the day moves along the ice has moved about a ¼ km off shore and looks to be leaving the area.

Day 6

I awoke surprisingly sober around 6am feeling refreshed and ready for the day. I decided to see what the other side of the island may have in store for this old wannabe greenhorn, so I packed a bag of cloths, some toiletries and headed over to the east side of Cape Breton Island.

I arrived into North Sydney NS. And took a few picks of the very impressive ferry that takes people to Newfoundland,  then off to the docks to find some more fisherman.

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I found a very helpful guy working on his buddys boat (the was called Family comes 1st )  he gave me some info about some boats that were looking for some helpers down in Louisbourg NS, approx 70km south but unfortunately as for the boats in Sydney they probably wont be out until around the 15th of May. The man invited me intoto his brand new  lobster fishing vessel, he and his son had just purchased 2 new vessels for the upcoming season, I climbed up the scaffolding and chatted with the man for a few moments, again he invited me to come aboard, I explained that the next time I step onto a lobster fishing vessel it should be one I am fishing on. he seemed to understand that, So I thanked him for his time and info and off I went to find some guys looking to head out.

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I arrived in Louisbourg about an hour later down at the docks to find that some of the guys were starting to head out a few days ago but the ice from the west side of the island that had started to move out as I mentioned in the other blog had made its way around the island already and was now blocking any boats from getting out of the harbours on the east side. The word was if I wanted to stick around until the ice leaves then they would happily take me onboard to work the season. I thanked the captain I was chatting with for his offer but I explained I was only looking for a few days and an experience, as I had already committed to a boat back in Mabou for the season and that I would not be able to let the CAPT Down. He understood my position and I got back in my truck and headed back to inverness where my trailer is parked. ( I hope its still there when I get back lol.)

 

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