Saturday, January 10, 2009


Well, I failed to continue writing here throughout the fall season. I am not sure why. But it had nothing to do with a lack of fishing or being out on the water. The season was quite good to me. It wrapped up like this:

Several days of large bass in the rips of Duxbury and Plymouth and eventually some very large blues came in and stayed. The pogies were thick and easy to harvest for livelining, or in Joel's case, for dinner (!) [more on that some other time]. But as the season drew to a close I had one more good opportunity for tuna.

I went out on four or five tuna trips this season. A couple out of Duxbury where we saw the fish but couldn't hook any (and viewed amazing whale displays), and three with Jeff Smith out of Wellfleet. These were productive. The first of these three was amazing and produced Joel's first tuna. We each hooked up and landed at least a couple fish, lost just as many. Second trip with Chip Cornell was a skunker. Weather was poor and fish were thin and spooked. We covered lots of ocean, saw some, had a few shots, but nothing. So to remedy this, Chip and I joined Jeff again over Columbus Day weekend and ended up hooking, landing, losing, fighting more fish than we could physically handle...spin and fly. This was the best day of fishing yet. And I am going to write my account of it soon (as promised).

But right now I am short on time. It is 20 degrees outside and soon I will be bundling up to head out on the water to harvest oysters. It is supposed to snow and sleet tonight and tomorrow so the shellfish need my attention today.

It is also 2009. So the next blog page will be developed in the next week or so. Also will be putting together at least one more that focuses more on the waterfront here (akin to Marty's Nantucket Waterfront News) where I'll share some photos and video of the bay throughout the seasons.

All for now. Thanks for visiting.


westparish said...

I'm glad you're finishing off '08and have enjoyed all your previous accounts. Looking forward to whatever's next...
Joel (the other one)

John said...

Thanks Joel.

Leah Lopez said...


To make a long story short, I work at a fancy seafood place in Indianapolis and a few days ago I asked my Chef how exactly an Oyster makes it shell. He just shrugged. After two days of internet research and sifting through tasty recipe, but scientifically useless oyster books from my local library, I think that I understand how the process works (the inside keeps growing therefore it pushes outward forcing the once inner layer to eventually be the outer layer), but the difficulty I'm experiencing is being able to relay this information back to my fellow employees. What part of the oyster's system makes the actual formation of the shell possible? Do you know about or have you created a simple animation that might help me explain this process? If I'm way off base, tell me--I just want to know the right answer in layman's terms.

Please contact me if you can help,