Bunny Clark Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing Maine


The F/V Bunny Clark (edited May 16, 2014)
Map, Directions & Location (Edited Feb 1, 2007)
Captains & Crew (Revised Feb 1, 2007)
2015 Season Reservations, Rules & Info. (Revised Jan 6, 2015)
2015 Season Schedule & Rates (Revised Jan 6, 2015)
Fishing Update (edited September 3, 2015, 0310 EDT)
Bunny Clark Guestletters (New Guestletter added Feb 16, 2015)
Bunny Clark World & State Records List (Edited June 27, 2008)
"Tim Reidsema, Lee Dykas, Jason Ridolfi & Dennis Pietro" Photo Gallery (May 20, 2006)
Short Bunny Clark Fishing Videos(New Mar 6, 1997)
2010 Moon Phases (Revised Jan 30, 2010)
The Best Charter Boat in the World!
The New England Herring Problem (Who is taking our baitfish?)
Federal, State & Private Fishery Regs & Links
Favorite Bunny Clark Weather Links
Current Month Tide Chart for Ogunquit
(The Portland tide is the closest match (within two minutes) to the Ogunquit tide schedule)

2007 Accommodations & Services In Ogunquit Area

In 2008 Rick Gelaznik (MA) caught the first barndoor skate on the Bunny Clark I had ever seen caught with a rod & reel. It was also the first barndoor skate I had seen for many years. As a kid I had seen them caught while dragging (commercial trawling). And it had been so long since I had seen one that when Rick caught it, I wasn't exactly sure, at first, what it was. In fact, I had to consult a taxonomic key. Part of the reason being, the last time I saw one I was pretty young. Fish seemed so much bigger to me in those days. And I do believe that the ones that I used to see way back then were bigger! Fast forward to the 2015 Bunny Clark fishing season. On the August 27, 2015 marathon trip, Steve Selmer (NH), pictured right, caught our tenth barndoor skate of the season! That total is greater than all the barndoor skates we have ever seen caught on the Bunny Clark (or my previous charter boat, the Mary E ) since 1976! In the picture, Steve is holding a 20 pounder, the same size as the first one that Rick caught in 2008. At this time, the barndoor skate has been on the international endangered species list for many years. Why? Simply, dragging. Dragging or commercial trawling decimated the stocks of barndoor skates around the world. Why are we seeing them now? Because the closed areas on Georges Bank and in the Gulf of Maine are just starting to work after being put in place by the New England Fishery Management Council (endorsed by the National Marine Fisheries Service ) in 1996. Recovery. It's a wonderful word if you know anything about fishery management. We are catching these skates in the closed areas. In fact, all but one that we have seen have been caught in the closed areas. And the one we didn't catch there was caught so close that it might as well have been caught there. This summer the Council voted to open parts of the closed areas. Most important to us in the Gulf of Maine (there are two major ones) is the buffer zone (or the slot as we used to call it when you could drag this area commercially) of the Western Gulf of Maine closed area (WGOM). This is the eastern edge of the WGOM. It's a very important spawning area for quite few species of our best commercially sought after fish (cod, pollock & hake). And the Cashes Ledge closed area, a very important area because it impedes commercial boats from chasing fish through the spawning migration to the inshore spawning grounds. Both closed areas also protect fish and habitat. And, of course, they are opening up areas of Georges Bank, a critical area for our haddock stocks and the main reason our haddock are showing signs of "coming back" on the inshore grounds of the Gulf of Maine. As you might imagine, I am deathly afraid of opening any parts of the closed areas. The barndoor skate is one small reason. But the main reason is that these closed areas were designed at a time when our groundfish stocks were so much more healthy. We knew then why these areas should be closed because there were enough fish to show us the movements so important in maintaining a total ecosystem. Now they talk about them as "mortality closures" or "habitat closures" when that wasn't even discussed in the days, back then, in the early stages of designing closed areas. They are using those terms now to justify opening them. In reality no one can define either phrase or term! If these closed areas are opened this will have a short term gain for a much longer term recovery of the fish stocks that are already in trouble. No one would even be thinking about opening these areas if enough fish could be caught outside them! I love seeing the barndoor skates. It's the recovery word. I love hearing it. And I would love to think that in ten years we would get our cod back and our fishery healthy. But the key is staying away from the spawning stock biomass. The key is keeping the closed areas that the fish have gotten used to for almost twenty years. In order to have fishermen you must have fish. It's a simple fact. But in order to have fish you have to keep the fishery away from the greedy people who want it all now and to hell with what our grandchildren will have to face in the future. Special fish like Steve's are the kind of fish we like to see caught on the Bunny Clark .

Captain Tim Tower text & photo - unless otherwise noted

For information and reservations, telephone: 207-646-2214

For information and reservations:

Call: Bunny Clark, Corp. at - 207-646-2214
Write: Tim Tower, 93 Frazier Pasture Rd., P.O. Box 837F, Ogunquit, Maine 03907-0837
Or click here to Graphic info@bunnyclark.com

Schedule & Rates

Information & Boat Rules

For a Link To Our Favorite Restaurants, Please Click To Visit:
Barnacle Billy's and Barnacle Billy's etc.

Ogunquit, Maine.

Parts of all these Bunny Clark, Corp. web pages and, indeed, most of the innovations, means to ideas and tons of help came from Chamber Works, Inc. All rights reserved. If anybody in the world is interested in the internet, web pages or ideas for computer displays, kiosks and advertising, these are the companies to go with. Bank on it, baby! Best Fishes, Tim Tower.