Monday, December 7, 2009

Last Day of the Season

The last day of the season was a miserable one. A fresh breeze made the seas short and choppy. The boat would lift up then slam down into the next wave. Spray and intermittent rain forced me into my foul weather gear.

I leaned on the port washrail, scanning the whitecaps for the buoys. When we managed to locate a string we would haul it up and stack the traps on the deck. We untied the traps and put the line into barrels. We managed to fit seven strings on the boat. After six days of taking up traps this was the last load of the season.

We brought the load of traps back to the wharf and stacked it on the trailer. After mooring the boat, we took the traps to their winter storage area. We stacked them up six high and threw the rope off to the side. The 2009 Lobster season was over.



  2. Yep, that part doesn't change with location. My last few years, we kept about 400 traps in the water, about 10-15 miles offshore, so in January and Feb, we could get out 2-3 days a week. There's nothing more funky than the smell of that rope come spring when it's time to put the strings back together!