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My Fishing Adventure On The East Coast

Sunday May 17th 2015

Today I was able get my wrists and hand a bit of a needed break as it was my day off. Unfortunately for the crab fisherman they are not as lucky they work the lobster on Monday’s Tuesday’s, Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s, and they go crabbing on Wednesday’s, and Sunday’s each week until their quota’s are filled.

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Anyway today was the first of the snow crab to come in and hit the wharf, I found it very interesting as there were a bunch of vehicles that pulled up and a bunch of young men jumped out of each vehicle and waited around for the crab boats to come in. as each boat comes in the men are hired to unload the boat, with approx 11,000lbs of crab it can take quite some time to unload as each of the crab must be put into crates, then put directly into a large tractor trailer and then packed with ice.

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I was rewarded myself with a nice snowcrab which I made for dinner and had enough left over to make a crab sandwich for tomorrows lunch. It can pay off to be living right on the wharf, LOL.

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On Monday it was back to work and since the traps were in the water for a couple of days without being disturbed it should be a good haul. Well the day didn’t disappoint a good haul indeed while Monster Stalking the Lobter we were rewarded with a few nice sized ones. LOL

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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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