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Bunny Clark Fishing Update

Written & Edited by Tim Tower

November 25, 2014, 6:30 AM EST



Hake Catchers

We have not caught as many hake during the 2014 Bunny Clark fishing season as we have other years . But we have had some good catches on just the same. One recent trip in particular we managed to get a few more than normal. This was the October 28, 2014 offshore marathon trip. The ocean was calm enough for good mobility to look around. We used this to our advantage and found one good spot. Shown above are two shots of our two biggest hake we caught this day with the anglers who caught them. On the left is a shot of Chris Willy (VT) and his 29 pound Maine state trophy white hake. This is the largest groundfish that Chris has ever caught. On the right is a shot of Bruno Rozen (NJ). He and Mark Lenczewski (NJ - the hand helping hold the bigger hake) are shown holding Bruno's double keeper catch that he caught this trip. The white hake on the left weighs 11.5 pounds while the other is a 33 pound Maine state trophy hake. Both were caught on the same line at the same time. To date this is the second largest double keeper catch of the Bunny Clark fishing season.




Tim Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran the marathon trip today.

At 3:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 57F, the sky was partly cloudy, the wind was blowing out of the south at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was fairly good.

We had a bumpy ride to the fishing grounds. The wind was out of the south at speeds over fifteen knots with seas in chops of four feet average. And they were fairly steep chops as well. With the sea state and riding in the dark, I couldn't make any more than a ten knot cruising speed. So it seemed like it took forever to get there. On the grounds, the wind freshened to twenty and twenty-five knots. Seas increased to an average eight foot chop by 10:00 AM. The wind increased a bit more on the tide as did the chops. Seas increased to ten feet with the occasional twelve footer or better, this because the tide was running hard right directly into the wind in the area we were fishing. Once we left that area, the height and steepness decreased substantially. The ride home saw seas of seven to eight feet on average. The sky was sunny and mostly clear until we wrapped it up to head back to Perkins Cove. From that moment on, the sky was mostly cloudy with the occasional light rain sprinkle. The air temperature was warm sheltered from the wind and mild in the wind. The tide was moderate to strong. The visibility ranged from ten to fifteen miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 58.4F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 67F (with a low of 56F). In Boston, Massachusetts (at Logan International) the high was 73F with a low of 55F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 72F (with a low of 45F).

The fishing was good at best with the sea conditions that were prevalent for the day. Regardless, the catching was very good to excellent. In the morning, everything that was caught was legal, an excellent morning. After the tide at about 11:00 AM, the bite on legal fish dropped off but the dogfish bite accelerated to a point I hadn't seen this season yet. To say that we caught forty-eight dogfish in two hours might be understating how many we caught. In fact, we were so busy taking dogfish off the hooks I forgot to count what we released. In fact, I probably couldn't have counted the numbers of dogfish we caught. For the trip, most legal fish landed were redfish and pollock, in that order. The redfish were the largest in average size that we have seen this year, maybe the last three years. There was only one redfish that weighed under 1.25 pounds. All the rest were so close to 2 pounds (Maine state trophy redfish size) that, it seemed, I was weighing every one that came aboard. And we had so many pollock over 10 pounds, I stopped weighing the 10 pounders. Legal landings also included a cusk, twenty-two white hake (mostly small), seven whiting and a mackerel. We anchored for every stop in the morning. After 11:00 AM we couldn't anchor any more. The reason being, when anchored, the tide was keeping the bow pointed directly west which was allowing the particularly steep chops to dump on top of the anglers from the port side! This was too intimidating to pursue so we went to the sea anchor for the rest of the trip. The sea anchor kept the bow directly into the wind and the lines perfectly straight down. But this new dimension of boat attitude and function must have been something that really turned the dogfish on. We could never get away from the dogfish after that method shift, despite the many moves I made. It should also be noted that we saw not a single blue shark. And on one stop we caught four good sized haddock (two of about 4 pounds each) so quickly that I feared the worst (catching too many haddock) so I moved. We did manage to stay away from the cod and haddock pretty much and would have landed four cod and five haddock had the previous regulations still been in place. Jigs and cod flies were used mostly. The jig/fly combination created the most landings.

I would have to say that Kevin Luke (NJ) was, without a doubt, high hook. He caught fish non-stop (including the most dogfish) since we started fishing, throughout the trip and to the end. He won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the second largest fish, a 22 pound pollock. This ties the sixth largest pollock of the Bunny Clark fishing season to date. Some of his other fish that I weighed (excluding redfish) included a 14 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock. Steve Brown (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 38 pound Maine state trophy white hake. This is the largest fish/hake of the Bunny Clark fishing season so far! I took a bad picture of Steve (the seas were having their way with me) with his prize. This digital image appears on the left. Steve is also a big man and makes any monster fish look small! Some of his other good fish that I weighed included a 10 pound pollock, a pollock of 11 pounds and a 12 pound pollock. The third largest fish was a 21 pound white hake caught by Adam Gubich (NJ).

Other Angler Highlights: Steve Lenox (NY) caught the second largest redfish of the Bunny Clark fishing season today. It weighed 2.5 pounds exactly. We had seven fish that were so close to trophy size that all the fish had to do was to eat a shrimp and it would have qualified. Every redfish caught today was all spawned out, if you can call it that - redfish bare their young alive. So most had the frames of a trophy fish but only Steve's made the weight. I took a picture of Steve with his special fish. The digital image appears on the right. His largest fish was a 13 pound pollock. Liam Kennedy (NJ), whom I rely on heavily for all my biggest fish of the season did not disappoint. However, he never got the fish (two or three of them - two good ones) to the boat. One was huge. Maybe it was a hake or a big pollock but it could also have been a big cod - as unusual as that might seem. The best fish that he did land included a 12 pound pollock, an 11 pound pollock and a 12.75 pound pollock. Howard Kaulfers (PA) caught an 11.5 pound pollock, his largest fish. He also caught one of the bigger hake at 11 pounds. Bob Devonmille (NJ) caught a 10 pound pollock, first thing. He caught the only good double keeper catch of the trip. His catch included a 10.5 pound pollock and a 9 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. Gene Luke (NJ) caught a 13 pound pollock and a 12 pound pollock, his two largest fish. Mike Luke (NJ), sea sick for most of the day, fished for about an hour total and caught a 14.5 pound pollock, a 12.5 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock. I believe these were the only fish he caught except for a few redfish. Roy Tutunjian (NJ) landed the fourth largest fish of the trip, an 18 pound white hake. Bert Kern (NJ) caught a 12 pound pollock. And Bill Luke (NJ) caught a 12 pound pollock. Bill landed the hard luck award for being the only person to lose a jig. He lost three! Ouch!

I received two donations sponsoring me and my efforts to fight cancer with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Liam Kennedy gave $30.00 while Vince DeBari (NJ) gave a generous $50.00. Thank you both so very much for your support. I appreciate it greatly.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Today's trip was canceled before it even started. We didn't have any anglers to make a trip today. The weather wouldn't have been great anyway. And it seems the wind has blown since October started. That should get the fish biting along with this full moon.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, the sky was overcast, it had been raining earlier, the wind was blowing out of the south at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was good. It rained lightly, periodically, for the next two hours and then stopped. By 10:30 AM, the sky was almost completely clear and the air temperature had risen to 65F. The wind blew out of the southwest most of the day at about fifteen knots along the shore, twenty knots on the fishing grounds. The sky cleared nicely before noon and remained clear and sunny for the rest of the daylight hours. The visibility was good at least. The air temperature reached over the 70F mark during the early afternoon.The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 75F (with a low of 57F). In Boston, Massachusetts (at Logan International) the high was 73F with a low of 58F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 71F (with a low of 52F).

Except for three different meetings and completing about an hour and a half of much needed engine work, I spent my day working at Barnacle Billy's restaurant.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran the marathon trip today.

At 3:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 52F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at seventeen knots and the visibility over the ocean was very good.

We had a fairly comfortable ride to the fishing grounds. The wind was still blowing about fifteen knots out of the west but the seas grew as we got further off shore and we were taking them on the starboard beam. The visibility was very good plus we had the advantage of the full moon which was still pretty high in the western sky. On the grounds, the westerly wind increased to twenty knots sustained with a few higher gusts. Seas were three to four feet, more or less, depending on the tide. By 3:00 PM, the wind had started to drop. We had ten knots of westerly wind with a two foot sea on the trip back to Perkins Cove. The sky was clear and sunny all day. The air temperature was mild/cool with the wind. The tide (current) was strong. The visibility maxed out at thirty miles in some haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 60.4F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 64F (with a low of 46F). In Boston, Massachusetts (at Logan International) the high was 66F with a low of 50F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 63F (with a low of 39F).

The fishing was good all day. The catching was poor until 1:00 PM, good after that. Most legal fish landed were redfish and pollock. We had trouble with blue sharks all morning. And, except for the redfish, most fish were on the smaller than normal size range. We didn't catch a fish over 9 pounds until after 2:00 PM! Legal landings also included five butter mullet, one whiting and two cusk. Four cod and one haddock were caught that were over twenty-one inches. There were only five cod and four haddock for the trip, all released, of course. We found plenty of fish, pollock mostly, but the bite was really terrible. We drift fished, anchored and used the drogue continuously in hopes of finding a method that worked the best. In the end, one anchor stop and one drift did the trick. The sea anchor, although the most comfortable method, sucked, frankly. Cod flies caught the most fish by far.

Ray Westermann (MA) was the fisherman of the day. He was high hook with thirteen legal, including two good sized redfish. And he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 21 pound pollock. The pollock is Ray's largest this season so far and the Bunny Clark's tenth largest pollock this year to date. Ray caught an 8 pound pollock earlier in the day, his second largest fish. Chuck Lennon (MA) won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the second largest fish, a 15 pound cod. This fish was weighed and promptly released. The third largest fish was a 12 pound pollock caught by Alex Ramirez (ME), his only legal fish of the trip.

Other Angler Highlights: Jon Griffin (MA) was second hook with ten legal pollock. His largest one weighed 8 pounds. Michael Bialer (NY) led the boat pool all morning and into the afternoon with a 9 pound pollock, his largest fish of the trip. Chris Porter (MA) was third hook just behind Griff. Three fish of his that I weighed included a 9 pound cod (released), an 8 pound pollock and an 8.25 pound pollock. Steve Lenox (NY) lost a really big fish. His two largest fish included a 10 pound cod and a 7.5 pound pollock. Ralph Nickerson (NH) landed an 8.5 pound pollock, his largest fish. Joe Ramirez (ME) landed the hard luck award for being the sole hurler of the trip! He tried to fish but had to give it up early in the day.

I received a couple of donations helping with my fund raising for the Pan-Mass Challenge today. One was a $7.00 gift from Mike Bialer and the other was a $20.00 donation from Steve Lenox. Thank you both very much for your support. Many people appreciate this!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 45F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west southwest at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The morning seemed to warm slowly. By 9:30 AM, the air temperature was still only 51F. I don't believe it every got to 60F but I could be wrong. It just felt cooler than it has been. The sky was clear all day. The westerly wind backed off by early afternoon. There was not much of any wind by sunset. The visibility was excellent.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the west at ten to fifteen knots. Seas were chops of two to three feet. The sky was clear all day. The air temperature was mild. The tide (current) was strong. The visibility ranged to over twenty miles (excellent). The surface water temperature reached a high of 56.4F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 64F (with a low of 41F). In Boston, Massachusetts (at Logan International) the high was 63F with a low of 51F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 62F (with a low of 30F).

The fishing was fair to good with the current and a few dogfish that bothered them. The catching was good to very good. Landings were good, better than yesterday by a few. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included four redfish and a butter mullet. Twenty-five dogfish were caught and released. Forty-three haddock were released. Eight haddock would have been keepers (over twenty-one inches). Eight cod were caught that were over twenty-one inches as well. Drifting and anchoring were the boating methods employed. Cod flies caught the most fish by far.

Mike Shebulka (NH) was high hook with the most legal fish. A number was not provided but it was probably more than the high hook of yesterday. Mike caught the second largest fish of the trip, an 11 pound pollock. Dave Cutter (NH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 12.5 pound pollock. He also caught the best double keeper catch. His catch included a 7.5 pound pollock and a 10.5 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. The larger of the two fish was the third largest fish of the trip. Tim Twitchell (NH) landed the hard luck award for losing the most jigs, one!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 45F, the sky was partly cloudy, there was no wind and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. By daylight, the sky was overcast. It looked like it was going to rain all morning but it never started to rain (except for a spit here and there) until 10:45 AM. The rain alternated between steady and light until 2:00 PM when it stopped altogether. By 3:30 PM, the sky cleared, the sun came out, the wind was zero, the ocean was flat calm and the visibility was very good. The air temperature was cool all morning and early afternoon. I never saw an air temperature much above 50F until later in the afternoon. I never did see an air temperature higher than 52F. The wind blew out of the northeast starting at 7:00 AM but it never got any stronger than eight knots. After noon there was no wind.

On the fishing grounds, the day started out in fog and some precipitation. The wind was light out of the northeast (five to eight knots). The ocean was calm all day. When it wasn't raining, which was most of the time, the sky was overcast. The sky never cleared until they got close to shore on the ride back to Perkins Cove. The air temperature was mild. The tide started out stong and moderated later. The visibility ranged to five miles in haze and fog. The surface water temperature reached a high of 55.9F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 57F (with a low of 39F). In Boston, Massachusetts (at Logan International) the high was 54F with a low of 47F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 56F (with a low of 35F).

The fishing was good. It could have been better but there were quite a few dogfish getting in the way and the current was a little much in the beginning. The catching was very good. Landings were very good. Most legal fish landed were pollock of a larger average size than we have seen all week. Legal landings also included three redfish, two cusk and a butter mullet. Forty-three dogfish, sixteen small cod and thirty-three haddock were released. Drift fishing was the only method employed. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Jim Kirby (NH) was high hook with the most legal pollock. His largest fish was a 13 pound pollock caught as a double keeper catch with another pollock of 10 pounds, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. He also caught an 11 pound pollock. Jared Stevens (ME) didn't catch a legal fish all day until the last stop. His fish, the last fish of the day, was the largest fish of the trip weighing in at 15.5 pounds. With this fish Jared won the boat pool for the largest fish! The second largest fish was a 14.5 pound pollock caught by Matt Peterson (ME). John Stevens (ME) caught the third largest fish, a 14 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Dean Harp (CA) caught a 10 pound pollock, one of the first two fish to be weighed in the morning. Richard Franke (NY) boated a pollock of 13.5 pounds. Hashim Alark (MD) landed a 10.5 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock, his two biggest fish. Ford Stevens (ME) caught a 12.5 pound pollock, his best. Paula Beaulieu (ME) caught a nice double that included a 10.5 pound pollock and a 10 pound pollock. John Russell (ME) landed a 13 pound pollock as his largest fish. John also caught an 11.5 pound pollock. Roland Beaulieu (ME) landed the hard luck award for catching nary a single legal fish and for getting involved in quite a few tangles. I'm not qualified at this time to tell you that he was the most tangled. He might have been the only angler aboard without a legal fish.

Don & Lisa Johnson (MA) stopped by today when the boat came in. I enjoyed seeing them and hearing about the recent war stories with their boat. All boats are similar in that regard. They also donated $25.00 to sponsor me in my cancer cure ride with the Pan-Mass Challenge. They have supported me every year since I started riding the PMC in 2007. Thank you very much for your help. You know I appreciate it very much.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 41F, the sky was crystal clear, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at seven knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. It was a beautiful fall day today. The wind blew out of the north at ten knots at most. The sky was clear and sunny. The visibility remained very good (some haze) all day. The air temperature got up to the lower 60s. The wind dropped to nothing by early afternoon. The ocean along the coast flattened out.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the north at ten knots or a bit more. Seas were chops of two feet. As the day progressed, the wind gradually dropped. By noon, there was less than five knots of wind with a calm ocean. The sky was clear and sunny all day. The air temperature was mild. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged to twenty miles in some haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 56.7F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 63F (with a low of 36F). In Boston, Massachusetts (at Logan International) the high was 59F with a low of 44F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 61F (with a low of 30F).

The fishing was very good all day. There were very few dogfish, the weather conditions were very nice and the current was light as compared to the last few days. The catching of legal fish (landings) was poor in the morning and excellent in the afternoon, making it a good day overall. It might have been better day than that overall. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far, of course. Legal landings also included two redfish, four cusk and a white hake. They released twenty-five dogfish, thirty-four haddock, one wolffish and nine cod. Only one cod and one haddock would have made the legal size limit had this been under August regulations. Drifting and anchoring were the boating methods employed. Cod flies caught the most fish by far.

Norm Herrick (MA/ME) was high hook with the most legal fish an angler has caught on a trip any day this week. His largest fish was a 10 pound pollock, a tie for the second largest fish of the trip. Lewis Hazelwood (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 10.5 pound pollock. Lee Kosiba (NY) tied with Norm for the second largest fish of the trip. Lee also caught a pollock weighing 10 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Saul Maldonado (MA) caught a 9.75 pound pollock, the fourth largest fish of the trip. Tim Rozan (ME) and Greg Johnson (NH) both took home the hard luck award. Greg made an errant cast and caught Tim in the lip with the treble hook of his 16 ounce jig! The hook went right through the lip! It was a minor wound but both were in shock thinking of the possibilities of what could have happened. Ian was thinking that both might pass out as both were a bit ashen in complexion. But all's well that ends well. I saw Tim when he got back to the dock. You would never have known it happened until you were told about it. Of course, Greg was still muttering about how sorry he was.

Tim Rozan contributed $20.00 and Lewis Hazelwood gave $20.00 to support my cancer fund raising campaign with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Both have been continuous contributors since I mentioned my fund raising to them. Thank you both very much for your generosity and help. Much appreciated!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 42F, the sky was crystal clear with half moon directly over head, the wind was blowing very lightly out of the west and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. Ashore, it was a beautiful fall day with high temperatures in the mid 60s, sunny skies and light winds from the southwest. That all changed at 2:00 PM when the sky became overcast. Not having the sun made it seem cold. And the wind picked up off the water dropping the air temperature into the high 50s. The visibility was less clear than yesterday but still very good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest in the morning from five to ten knots. Seas were chops of one to two feet. By noon, the southwest wind had increased to ten and fifteen knots. Seas increased to two to three feet, chops. The sky was a mix of sun and overcast, mostly sunny in the morning and mostly overcast in the afternoon. The air temperature was mild. The tide was moderate. The visibility ranged to fifteen miles in some haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 56.1F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 65F (with a low of 35F). In Boston, Massachusetts (at Logan International) the high was 63F with a low of 45F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 62F (with a low of 30F).

The fishing was very good with only ten dogfish, one blue shark and a perfect drift. The catching of legal fish (landings) was excellent, our best day in the last two weeks. Most legal fish landed were pollock of all sizes, but there were many over 10 pounds. Legal landings also included six redfish, two cusk, three whiting and three butter mullets. Only three cod and four haddock would have been kept had it been August. [We are trying hard to stay away from the cod & haddock this fall. It's hard to stay away from the haddock. Cod, not so much.] Drifting was the boating method. Cod flies caught the most fish by far.

Fred Kunz (NH) was high hook with the most fish an individual angler has caught off the Bunny Clark for a single trip in over a month. Some of his better fish included three pollock of 13 pounds each, a double keeper catch that included a 13 pound pollock (one of the three previously mentioned) and a 10 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time, a 12.5 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock. Fred did everything but win the boat pool. Brian Tufts (VT) did that for him! In fact, Brian won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 17 pound pollock. This day was his birthday today. So it was only fitting that he get the best present available. I know it doesn't always happen. But it did for Brian today. There was a tie for the second largest fish of the trip. Ken McLaughlin (ME) and Dave Stuart (KY) both caught a 15.5 pound pollock each. Ken caught his singly while Dave caught his as a double that also included a pollock of 8 pounds. Ken also caught a pollock of 11 pounds and several in the 10 pound range. Dave had a 12 pound pollock and an 11.5 pound pollock as well.

Other Angler Highlights: Don Robichaud (NH) caught an 11 pound pollock, the first fish to be weighed today. His other good fish included a 10.5 pound pollock and an 11.5 pound pollock. Tracie Johnson (NH) landed a 13.5 pound pollock and an 11.5 pound pollock, her best. Jimmy Brandenburg (KY) caught a 15 pound pollock, his largest fish and the fourth largest fish of the trip. Tony Melloni (MA) caught an 11 pound pollock as his largest fish. He also landed the hard luck award for getting the most tangled lines.

Tim Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran the Lighthouse Fishing Club trip today.

At 3:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 58F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the south at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was very good.

When we reached the one mile mark outside of Perkins Cove the wind was blowing fifteen knots or better out of the southwest. Seas were chops of two to three feet. It was a bit of a rolly ride. This wind had dropped substantially when we arrived on the fishing grounds. On the grounds, the wind blew out of the south southwest and remained out of the south southwest all day. Wind speeds never got over ten knots while we were fishing. Seas were chops of one to two feet. On the ride home the wind picked up to fifteen knots with seas averaging about two feet, more or less, but then died out again about five miles from shore. The air temperature was mild in the morning, warm in the afternoon. The sky was overcast all morning but clear and sunny in the afternoon. The tide (current) ran into the wind or obliquely to the wind on every fishing spot. Current speed was moderate. The visibility maxed out at fifteen nautical miles in haze. We had no rain today. The surface water temperature reached a high of 57.3F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 72F (with a low of 55F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 78F with a low of 57F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 76F (with a low of 56F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was very good all day, bordering on excellent. We had very few dogfish to contend with, the lines tended very nicely, not a blue shark was seen and the weather was beautiful. We caught very few sub-legal fish (fourteen cod, twenty-one haddock and three redfish) and all the legal fish (pollock mostly) were larger on average than they have been. It was the best marathon for angler average in at least two and a half weeks, probably more. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far and of course. Legal landings also included three cusk and six redfish. Had we been able to keep cod under the summer regulations we would have brought home nine fish, haddock two fish. We drift fished for most of the day but anchored twice. Cod flies caught the most fish.

Al Hanson (MA) and Steve Wiater (MA) tied for high hook with a couple fish less than Fred Kunz (NH) had yesterday. Some of Steve's better fish included an 11 pound pollock, a 12.5 pound pollock, a 13 pound pollock and two pollock of 12 pounds each. Al Hanson's three largest fish included a 10.5 pound pollock, a 12.75 pound pollock and a 12 pound pollock.

George Sweet (MA) won the Club pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 19 pound pollock. This fish was the last fish boated at the end of the fishing! Some of George's other good fish included an 11 pound pollock, a 13.25 pound pollock, a 10.5 pound pollock and a 13 pound pollock. Barry Juhasz (CT) won the Club pool for the second largest fish with the second largest fish, an 18 pound pollock. Some of Barry's better fish included a 15.25 pound pollock, a 12.25 pound pollock and two pollock of 12 pounds each. Dick Carpenter (MA) won the Club pool for the third largest fish with the third largest fish, a 16 pound pollock. Dick caught the most fish over 10 pounds with a total count of eleven! Some of his better fish included two pollock of 13 pounds each, a 13.5 pound pollock, an 11 pound pollock, an 11.75 pound pollock and the largest cod of the trip at 11 pounds (released, of course). It was a good day to be a Dick on the Bunny Clark!

Other Angler Highlights: Phil Wicker (MA/FL) led the Club pool for the largest fish for most of the day with a 15.25 pound pollock. Some of his other good fish included a 14 pound pollock, a 12 pound pollock and a 13.75 pound pollock. Paul "Chico" Astorino (MA) caught only the second Bunny Clark Maine state trophy cusk of the season today. The cusk weighed exactly 12 pounds, our second largest cusk of the Bunny Clark season to date. Chico's biggest fish was a 13.5 pound pollock. He also caught an 11.5 pound pollock. Ben Barzousky (MA) caught our second best double keeper catch of the trip (I didn't weigh our biggest - although it was caught by Jim Geary (MA). Ben's double included a 9.5 pound pollock and a 12 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. Some of Ben's other good fish included an 11 pound pollock, a 12.25 pound pollock, a 12 pound pollock and an 11.5 pound pollock. Jim Geary landed a 14 pound pollock, his largest fish. His second largest fish was a 13 pound pollock. And Jim also caught the second largest cod of the day (released alive), an 8 pounder. Gloria Gennari (MA) landed a 10 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock, her two largest fish. And, for the record, Steve Wiater landed the hard luck award for losing two jigs!

Two anglers helped me in my fund raising machinations with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. These anglers were Steve Wiater with a generous $60.00 gift and Barry Juhasz with a donation of $25.00. Thank you both for your generosity, your kindness and putting up with me on the Bunny Clark. I've always enjoyed your crew. And, for the record, many of the anglers on this trip have supported my PMC event either earlier this season or in the past. I very much appreciate that. See you next season!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, the sky was was clear with stars and a half moon almost directly overhead, the wind was very light out of the west and the visibility over the ocean was very good. By 8:00 AM, the air temperature had risen to a humid 64F, the ocean was flat calm with a few wind patches, there looked to be a fog bank about three or four miles off shore and the sky was clear and sunny. The day remained beautiful until well after sunset (although we did see some cloudiness around 8:00 PM). The sky remained clear and sunny all day. The air temperature reached 77F, the wind stayed light, the ocean remained calm and the visibility was good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the south at five to ten knots with a one foot chop. There was also a long sea swell of two to three feet underneath. The sky remained sunny for the trip. The air temperature was warm/mild. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged from eight to ten miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 57.3F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 76F (with a low of 62F). The high temperature of 76F in Portland today ties the record for the high temperature on this date in 1963. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 81F with a low of 61F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 80F (with a low of 59F).

The fishing was very good. The bite was actually better than it was yesterday (Ian's and my collective opinion). The catching of legal fish was very good excellent. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included four redfish, six whiting and four cusk. Fifteen dogfish, twenty-one cod and twelve haddock were released. There were twelve cod that would have been landed had the size limit been the same as it was in the summer and the possession limit been lifted. No blue sharks were seen. Drifting was the method. Only jigs and cod flies were used today. No bait fishing was attempted.

Ray "Tangles" Valente (NH) was the fisherman of the day. He tied for high hook with Jordan Breault (CA). And he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 15.5 pound pollock. Some of Ray's other good fish included a 10.25 pound pollock, a 14 pound pollock and a double keeper catch that included two 10 pound pollock caught on the same line at the same time. Ray's 14 pound pollock was the second largest fish of the trip. Jordan also had a bunch of nice fish including a 13.5 pound pollock, an 11 pound pollock, two pollock of 11.5 pounds each and a 12.25 pound pollock. Sebastian Jablonski (ME) and Henry Yeh (MA) tied for third. They both caught a 13.75 pound pollock each. Henry caught his singly while Sebastian caught his as part of a double keeper catch that also included a pollock of 11.5 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Lisa Yeh (ME) landed a 12 pound pollock, a 10.5 pound pollock and a 10 pound pollock as her largest three fish. Jourdan Yeh (CA) and Henry Yeh tied for the hard luck award. Jourdan lost a jig and Henry was slightly ill from the adverse, although slight, motion of the ocean.

I received a very generous donation of $250.00 from Howard Goldenfarb (ME/FL) supporting me in my ride with the Pan-Mass Challenge today, an event that raises money to fight cancer with the Jimmy Fund, the fund raising arm of the Dana-Farber Cancer Instituted in Boston, Massachusetts. Thanks so much, Howard. I very much appreciate your help.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today's marathon trip was canceled yesterday for lack of warm bodies and, I suspect, a lot of that having to do with the severe weather forecast.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 63F, the sky was overcast, it had been raining a couple hours earlier, the wind was blowing out of the southeast at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was good at best. At sunrise, the fog rolling in along the coast, it became a bit muggy and the sky threatened rain. It didn't rain, however, until after noon. After 4:00 PM, the rain became more established. Rain was torrential between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM. It rained continuous, but not continuously hard, throughout the night. The air temperature was mild/warm throughout the day with high 60s whenever I looked at a thermometer. We lost the fog by mid morning but the visibility remained fair to good for the day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 71F (with a low of 63F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 70F with a low of 60F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 70F (with a low of 60F).

Friday, October 17, 2014

Today's trip was canceled yesterday. We had not a single person booked for today nor a single inquiry about today's trip.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 59F, the sky was overcast, it had been raining a couple hours earlier, the wind was light out of the south southeast and the visibility over the ocean was fair at best in some fog and haze. It rained a little bit more before stopping before 7:00 AM. It never rained again. At 9:00 AM, we had sun here and there among a mostly overcast sky. By 11:00 AM, the sky had cleared and the sun was out for the rest of the day. The air temperature was mild/warm for the rest of the day. The highest air temperature I saw was 69F but I heard that it got up to 72F. The wind stayed light out of the south. The ocean remained calm along the shore. During the late afternoon, seas were making up along the beaches. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 73F (with a low of 59F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 71F with a low of 57F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 72F (with a low of 53F).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Today's trip was canceled yesterday. We didn't have enough anglers (two) to make the trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 58F, the sky was clear, the wind was light out of the south on land but was blowing at fifteen knots or more at the closest weather buoy and the visibility over the ocean was good to very good over the ocean, or so it seemed in the dark. We are already seeing larger than normal seas from Hurricane Gonzalo well over 500 miles to the east southeast. Sea swells were already being recorded at 7 & 8 feet only nine miles from shore.

Clouds rolled in around 7:00 AM. This didn't created much of an overcast condition. Instead, we saw clouds and clear blue patches. Some of the clouds looked dark enough to produce rain. But this didn't happen in the morning. After 1:00 PM, we alternated between showers and clear conditions. From 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM, it was mostly raining. At 5:00 PM we had thunder showers and a summer-like rain. The air temperature hung around the mid 60s all day. The wind was generally light from the south. At times, the ocean was calm along the shore. Large seas were breaking all along the coast. A mist hung in the air along all the beaches from the pounding surf. After 6:00 PM, it never rained again. The sky didn't clear completely but there were plenty of clear looks at the sky. The visibility ended up in the "good" category. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 70F (with a low of 51F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 71F with a low of 55F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 67F (with a low of 52F).

I spent the day working at the restaurant. It's the last weekend at Barnacle Billy's (original) of the season. Barnacle Billy's, Etc. will remain open daily for two more weeks. Many of the patrons eating at the restaurant today were regular customers of ours. It was like "old home" weekend.

I must say it was unnerving to see the Bunny Clark tied to the dock for the last three days. Never have we lost trips in October during good weather. And I'm so sorry that the state of the fishery has come to the point where regulations are imposed to slow our business down in the most prime month for catching fish of the season. But then maybe this will help us turn things around for the future. Stay tuned.

I received another donation helping my cancer cause with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Dave Haberl (MO), who drives out here every year to go on the Bunny Clark in October, was the donor. His donation was $20.00. Thank you so much, Dave, for seeking me out at the restaurant to help in the cause. Very thoughtful and generous of you and I appreciate it. Hope to see you next season!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 51F, the sky was mostly clear with a sliver of a moon hanging well over the eastern horizon, the wind was blowing out of the west northwest at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was very good, at least. The wind continued to blow out of the northwest or some variation of it all day. The sky clouded over before dawn and remained that way for a few hours. By mid morning, the sky was clear and the sun was bright. But it didn't do much for the air temperature as it stayed cool most of the day. Every time I looked at a thermometer the air temperature was in the low 50s. The sky clouded over again after noon. And we really never saw the sun again for the rest of the day. Seas were large along the shore. The visibility remained very good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the north at ten to fifteen knots. Seas were chops over swells of three to five feet. The sky was a mix of sun and overcast conditions. The air temperature was mild. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged to over twenty miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 57.3F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 57F (with a low of 44F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 56F with a low of 43F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 53F (with a low of 45F).

The fishing was very good. The conditions weren't perfect but they were certainly good enough. And only six dogfish were caught and released. The catching of legal fish was excellent. Most legal fish landed were pollock. Legal landings also included three redfish. Nine haddock were caught but none were over twenty-one inches. Only six cod were caught that would have made the twenty-one inch minimum had they been able to keep them. Both anchoring and drifting were the boating disciplines involved. Only cod flies and jigs were used.

Jeff Rounds (VT) was high hook with the most legal fish. His largest fish was a 14.5 pound pollock, the second largest fish of the trip. He also caught a double keeper catch that included two pollock of exactly 11.5 pounds each. Some of his other weighable fish included a 12 pound pollock, a 12.5 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock. Cole Melendy (NH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 15 pound pollock. Two of his other good fish included a 10.5 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock. Jay Haggett (VT) boated the third largest fish, a 13.5 pound pollock. He also caught a 10 pound pollock that Ian weighed.

Other Angler Highlights: Frank Haggett (VT) caught several nice fish that were weighed. They included an 11 pound pollock, an 11.25 pound pollock, an 11.5 pound pollock, a 13 pound pollock and a 10 pound pollock. Jay & Frank Haggett landed the hard luck awards for never being able to out-fish Jeff Rounds, ever! Ouch.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Today's trip was canceled for lack of anglers.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 38F, the sky was crystal clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at almost twenty knots and the visibility over the ocean was very good. The sky remained clear for the day, a welcome change after yesterday's mix of mostly clouds with some sun. The air temperature warmed to 48F by 11:30 AM. The air temperature remained cool for the day with the highest reading in Perkins Cove about 56F more or less. The wind blew out of the west at fifteen knots (more or less) with stronger gusts in the morning, less wind after noon and no wind a dusk. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 56F (with a low of 35F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 58F with a low of 39F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 55F (with a low of 34F).

Last night was the last hurrah for the season at Barnacle Billy's (original). It was a very generously warm crowd of patrons and a wonderful staff to work with all season to get to the end. My sister, Meg, was there to make it very special indeed. Everyone loves Meg, as do I. My brother, Court, closed the place, as he does every year. He's the number one guy there and, before I make any decision, I consult with him first. When I left, I knew the place was in good hands and I was a bit sad that "Billy's" was done for another season. I spent the day today writing about it on the Barnacle Billy's website.

This morning I spent time getting everything ready to go at the restaurants and getting the Bunny Clark ready for my trip tomorrow. I was excited about going. And I have "special" plans for tomorrow. Let's see how it all turns out. I waited until 8:00 AM to confir with Court about the clean-up plans. We went over a few things.

From there I went to get my old 87' Porshe I had in storage to start it up, get it registered and put an inspection sticker on it. As I was backing it up to put it back, I noticed black smoke coming out of the hood. Thinking it might be exhaust and worried that I might have no oil, I stopped the car, shut off the ignition and opened the hood. Smoke and fire billowed out. Here I was, all alone without a fire extinguisher at the end of a storage facility with the potential of burning my car and everything around me down! The only thing I could do was to take off my favorite Bunny Clark hoodie and try to smother the fire. This I did. I was covered in smoke and got minor burns on my fingers (and I enhaled a bunch of acrid smoke) but I did manage to put the fire out. I was shaking all over when I was done and covered in soot. An AC condenser had shorted out, started the fire and caught the synthetic covering blanket on fire. The engine is in the back (it's a 911) so no damage was done to the engine. But the smell was not good. And the burns I sustained were from the melting synthetic blankets. My hands were black from it. Needless to say, I was very wound up as well as running out the rest of my morning time on this car. And I ruined my good luck hoodie.

I worked at the restaurant (after I got showered and shaved) for the rest of the day and into the evening.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran the marathon trip today.

At 4:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 47F, the sky was clear, the wind was very light out of the southwest and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. We had to skin by a barge in the middle of the channel on the way out of Perkins Cove this morning. New floats and pilings were almost finished being placed after almost a week of work. There was no current or wind so it wasn't too big a deal. If the tide were any lower we couldn't have made it.

There was very little wind, partly cloudy skies, good visibility and mild temperatures on the ride to the fishing grounds. Once there, the wind jus started to air on out of the southeast. The wind blew out of the southeast all day. Wind speeds got up to a little bit over ten knots but then petered out to light after noon. Chops got as high as two feet for about an hour or less. The sky became overcast by 7:00 AM. Overcast skies were the rule (except for a half hour at 4:00 PM) of the day. We had just a little sprinkle of rain for ten minutes around 2:00 PM. The air temperature was mild. The tide (current) was very light. The visibility ranged from eight to twelve miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 55.5F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 70F (with a low of 58F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 76F with a low of 57F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 77F (with a low of 55F).

The fishing was excellent all day. There were very few dogfish (ten released), the lines tended perfectly, there was some drift (always a good thing) but not too much, the tangles were few and the drift was perfect. The catching of legal fish was good, or slightly better than that, overall. We had a couple of poor spots in the morning (trying a couple of new things). The last drift of the day was excellent, a fish a cast for an hour and a half. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included seven redfish, eighteen white hake (we were finally able to get off shore today), one butter mullet and twelve whiting. We were slightly bothered by one big shark which I never got a look at and never which really actually took a fish. I suspect it was a porbeagle but, like I said, I never saw it. We had five cod that would have been legal under summer rules and one haddock in the same boat. Very few sub-legal haddock were caught. We drift fished on every spot. Cod flies caught almost every fish.

I can't tell you who was high hook. Too many fish were caught and I couldn't have kept track. But I suspect it was Ken Fowler (PA). Ken did far better than any other angler on the pollock. He also had the most pollock over 11 pounds. His list of better fish included an 11 pound pollock, a 16 pound pollock and a 12 pound pollock. He also had the best double keeper catch of the trip. His double included a 10.5 pound pollock and a 12 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. Ken also caught the two largest cod. One looked to have been 8 pounds and the other was a 6 or 7 pound cod. I didn't want to take the time to weigh the cod when it's survival was the top priority. Dave Baillargeon (MA) won the pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 32 pound Maine state trophy white hake. This ties the third largest hake of the Bunny Clark fishing season to date. Some of his other good fish included a 22.5 pound white hake and a 24.5 pound white hake. He never did land a pollock of 10 pounds or better. Bill Trudell (MA) won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the second largest fish, a 30.5 pound Maine state trophy white hake. I took a picture of Bill with his big trophy white hake. The digital image appears on the left of this entry. This comes in as a tie for the seventh largest hake caught on the Bunny Clark this season so far. Bill's largest pollock weighed 13 pounds. The third largest fish was a 27 pound Maine state trophy white hake caught by Charlie Harris (MA). This is the largest fish that Charlie has ever caught. He's 33 years old now and has been fishing with me since his father brought him aboard when he was 7 years old! Charlie's second largest fish was an 18 pound white hake. Charlie caught a lot of fish today.

Other Angler Highlights: Ted Harris (PA) was in typical form today. He did very well. Some of his better fish included a 16.25 pound white hake, a 13 pound pollock, a 21.5 pound white hake, a 23.5 pound white hake, a 15.5 pound pollock and another white hake of 21.5 pounds. Dave "Digger" Harris (MA) landed a 21.5 pound white hake, his largest fish. Some of his other good fish included two pollock of 13 pounds each and a 17 pound pollock. Don Stancil (PA) caught the only haddock that might have been legal out of the fifteen or so haddock that were released today. His largest fish was a 20 pound white hake. His best pollock included two of 11.5 pounds each and a 15 pound pollock. Don landed the hard luck award for losing five jigs. Don't ask. He was also the "gregarious tangler". If you had a choice of who to be tangled with on the boat this day, most everyone would choose Don. He's just a likeable guy! Doug Caputo (MA) caught the largest pollock of the day. It weighed 17.5 pounds.

Three anglers had a hand in making my day just a little more special than it already was by donating extra money to help me in my cancer fight with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Those anglers and their donations included Don Stancil for a very generous $100.00, Ken Fowler for $25.00 and Ted Harris for a generous $50.00. Thank you all so very much for being, for making me better enjoy a day at sea and for all the support you have given me throughout the years, including this one! This is very much appreciated and will always be remembered - as long as I have the ability to remember! All the best!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Today was supposed to be an extreme day trip run by Captain Ian Keniston and Captain/Deck Hand Jared Keniston. I canceled this trip yesterday because of the weather forecast and the inevitability of strong northeast winds and high seas.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 52F, the sky was overcast, it was raining, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at twenty-five knots and the visibility over the ocean was not very good. The wind picked up steadily as the day progressed. By noon, we had wind gusts up to thirty-five knots. After dark, the wind increased to over forty knots at times. But because of the lower than normal tides we had no splash over at high tide. Tomorrow might show a different story around noon. The air temperature remained in the low 50s. The visibility over the ocean was not good. It rained hard at times and continuously but mostly the rain was light, unlike some of the surrounding towns that got over an inch of rain water today. The Cove held together very well. There was not as much surge as I had expected. Seas got up over twenty feet offshore. The largest recorded sea from our closest weather buoy was recorded at 22 feet every eleven second at 9:00 PM. That's a pretty steep wave. What a difference a day makes! The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 51F (with a low of 48F). In Boston, Massachusetts (at Logan International Airport) the high was 56F with a low of 50F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 50F (with a low of 47F).

I spent the morning going over the details of cleanup at Barnacle Billy's with my brother, Court, sculling around the Cove tying storm lines and generally making sure the storm was not going to bother us too badly. The rest of the day I worked at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. restaurant. Wednesday is a big order day but there were not many orders per vendor today. The work load was not much either. Although I was surprised how many patrons we did get.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I canceled this marathon trip yesterday morning when I realized there was just no way we could make the trip with the wind and sea conditions we were going to have. Maybe Friday? Maybe not. We'll see what is going to happen later today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 48F, the sky was overcast, it was raining, the wind was blowing out of the north northeast at thirty-five knots, the seas at the closest weather buoy were sixteen feet every eleven seconds and the visibility over the ocean was not very good. The heavier than normal seas continued throughout the day with a wind more northerly than northeast as the storm that was creating this mess moved off Cape Cod and to the waters off Canada. Wind speeds were sometimes over forty knots in gusts during the morning hours. No gusts over forty knots were seen after noon. Seas were huge and the tide was higher than normal in the Cove. But the surge wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. All the boats were secure. It rained on and off all day, heavy at times but not for long. It seems like everyone else received more rain than we did in Ogunquit. That's a good thing. The air temperature remained in the low 50s all day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 53F (with a low of 48F). In Boston, Massachusetts (at Logan International Airport) the high was 54F with a low of 48F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 51F (with a low of 46F).

My morning was spent sharing time at the home office working on Bunny Clark stuff and at Barnacle Billy's in the office there. I spent the rest of the day (after noon) at Barnacle Billy's.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Today's extreme day trip was canceled due to heavy weather.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 48F, the sky was overcast, it was raining lightly, the wind was blowing out of the north at twenty-five knots (more or less), the seas at the closest weather buoy had dropped to just over ten feet every eleven seconds and the visibility over the ocean was still not very good. Seas dropped from ten feet to seven feet by 6:00 PM. The wind blew out of the north to over twenty knots during the morning. By noon, the wind was dropping. By 5:00 PM, there was no wind along the shore but it was still blowing out of the northwest at ten knots at the closest weather buoy (nine miles away). It rained on and off for most of the morning. By noon, the rain was done for the day but it was still misting along the shore. The sky remained overcast until nightfall. The air temperature got up to the low 50s but I don't believe any higher than that. The visibility over the ocean improved during the day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 54F (with a low of 48F). In Boston, Massachusetts (at Logan International Airport) the high was 52F with a low of 46F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 50F (with a low of 46F).

I spent the morning working at both the restaurant and on Bunny Clark stuff. My son, Micah, was going to haul the Petrel, our lobster boat. So I was helping Micah to a very small degree. At high tide there was still too much surge to haul the boat out at the ways in the back of the Cove. So the Petrel was put back on her mooring. In the meantime, I took in the storm lines off the Bunny Clark. By noon, I was back in the restaurant.

I had to leave for a Perkins Cove Harbor Committee meeting at 1:00 PM. That was over by 2:15 PM. It was back to Barnacle Billy's until 7:00 PM.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the Mike Schetter (NY) marathon trip charter today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 45F, the sky was clear with stars and no moon visible, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. The day seemed to warm up quickly. But I think this was because there was very little wind and the sky was clear and sunny. We had a little bit of wind in the morning before sunrise. After sunrise we saw no more wind the rest of the day. The ocean along the shore remained calm with waves chest high or better for surfing. The air temperature got up to 60F by noon and creeped into the mid 60s afterward. It was warm, perfect. The visibility was very good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the west at ten to five knots. Seas in the morning were chops of a foot or more over seas of two to three feet. This was the roughest it got. By 10:00 AM, the ocean had flattened out considerably. The sky was clear and sunny all day. The air temperature was mild. The visibility ranged to over twenty miles. The tide (current) was strong. The surface water temperature reached a high of 55.1F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 66F (with a low of 42F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 64F with a low of 46F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 66F (with a low of 34F).

The fishing was just good with the strong current and a lot of dogfish, particularly in one spot. The catching of legal fish was very good, excellent for some. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. The largest number of fish landed in a few weeks. Captain Ian had enough smaller pollock (5 pound fish) after the first couple hours to go exploring for larger fish. He was successful eventually but there was slower fishing and dogfish between times. Legal landings also included a monkfish, a redfish and three whiting. Over forty-five dogfish were released. Nine cod would have been kept had summer regulations applied. There were no haddock out of the twelve caught that would have made the summer legal measure. Drifting was the only boating method employed. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Mike Schetter (NY) was high hook with a large number of legal pollock. His largest fish was a pollock of 10 pounds. Ian didn't weigh a number of the 10 pounders caught today. So Mike may have had a slightly bigger one. Joe Sinkler (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 17.25 pound pollock. Joe also caught a 12 pound pollock. Tony Giordano (NY) won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the second largest fish, a 16.5 pound pollock. The third largest fish was a 15 pound pollock caught by Bob Vogel (NY). Bob also caught a 12.25 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Dave DeGraw (NY) caught an 11 pound pollock, his largest fish. Ralph Mills (NY) landed the hard luck award for getting involved with everyone else's lines.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I canceled today's trip late yesterday due to a lack of human beings to enjoy the trip. This has become a familiar theme since October struck with the cod and haddock possession prohibition. This even though we tend not to catch as many cod and haddock in October. It's a perception thing.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 48F, the sky was clear with stars, the wind was blowing out of the west at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. The wind picked up to almost twenty knots out of the west by 7:00 AM. The wind blew out of the west for three or more hours and then hauled out of the northwest at fifteen knots or better. The wind stayed like this until sunset and then hauled out of the west northwest and blew up to almost twenty-five knots in gusts. The sky was clear all day with very few clouds. The air temperature broached the 60F mark today. The visibility was excellent. It was a perfect fall day ashore. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 63F (with a low of 42F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 59F with a low of 47F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 57F (with a low of 38F).

I spent my second 70+ mile ride in the saddle today (in as many days - 143 miles in two days), leaving early on the bike both days and spending four hours riding each one. This is what I do with my new spare time when the boat isn't sailing. Both days I worked in the restaurant from noon 'til close. And it was busy both today and yesterday.


My son, Micah, hauled the Petrel out today. The bottom was very dirty from disuse. In fact, it's the first time I have seen a growth of muscles all over the bottom. Yikes! Had I needed the Petrel to tow the Bunny Clark back to shore I would have probably over-heated the engine because there were so many muscles clogging the through hull fittings! I took a picture of Micah hosing the hull down. This digital image appears above.

Monday, October 27, 2014

We had not a single inquiry concerning a fishing trip on the Bunny Clark for this day, not a single one. Needless to say, I didn't have to cancel the trip; there was no chance the boat was going to leave the dock anyway!

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 45F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at twenty knots (more or less) and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. It was a windy day ashore. By 9:00 AM, the wind was blowing out of the west northwest at speeds of twenty-five with gusts to thirty knots. The near shore coast was a froth of white caps marching offshore. And believe me it was an army! I managed to get thirty-three miles on my bike but I was all over the road the whole time. The air temperature managed to get up to 60F. The sky was mostly clear. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 61F (with a low of 42F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 63F with a low of 46F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 60F (with a low of 35F).

Micah launched the Petrel today as I worked in the restaurant. I had a lot of book keeping to do (end of the year stuff), orders, order sheets, patrons to greet and employees to talk to. I got a chance to tell some of our better people how much I appreciated their work this summer. It was a great day for someone who can't go fishing.

I received two donations supporting my work with the Jimmy Fund through the Pan-Mass Challenge today. One was a generous $200.00 donation in memory of my father, Billy Tower, from Higher Ground, garden care & design - our wonderful people who work on the garden and produce the flowers we display at the restaurant all year long. The other was a very generous $1,000.00 donation from Richie Carlson & Jean Massarone (both NY). They host a "BBQ for the Cure", a portion of the money generated they send to me to be used at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. It's so wonderful that they think of me and the Jimmy Fund in so doing. Thank you all so very much for your help and for supporting me in the cause. Noble, yes. But helpful, so much so! This is so very much appreciated!

Tim Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran the marathon trip today.

At 4:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 45F, the sky was clear, there was no appreciable wind and the visibility over the ocean was excellent.

The ocean was flat calm (there wasn't a breath of wind), the sky was clear, the visibility was excellent and the air temperature was mild on the ride to the fishing grounds. You could have floated a scallop shell on the surface of the ocean this morning. On the grounds, the ocean was flat calm as well without a ripple on the surface. That lasted for ten minutes. As soon as we started fishing wind ripples appeared out of the southeast. This wind gradually increased throughout the day. And I mean gradually. By noon, we had five knots of southeast wind. We saw our first one foot chop by 1:00 PM. We had twelve or thirteen knots of south southeast wind for the ride home. Seas then were chops of one to two feet. The sky started to cloud over by the time we arrived at our destination this morning. By 9:00 AM, the sky was mostly overcast. The sky stayed overcast for the rest of the day. But it never rained. The air temperature was mild for the trip. The tide (current) was light to moderate. The visibility ranged to thirty miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 54.3F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 57F (with a low of 45F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 60F with a low of 45F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 66F (with a low of 35F).

The fishing was good to very good all day. The fishing could have been better but for the large number of dogfish we had to keep throwing back. And we caught larger than normal fish today so we saw more tangles than we normally see. Landings were very good overall today. Size was impressive on all the fish that were legal to keep. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included twenty-five white hake, three redfish, five cusk and six butter mullets. We released close to a hundred dogfish, six cod (four would have been legal in August) and twelve haddock (one would have been a legal one under the previous rules - it's estimated weight was 4 pounds or better). We drift fished and anchored. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

I couldn't tell you who was high hook but I would guess that it was Chris Willy (VT). Chris landed the second largest fish of the trip, a 29 pound Maine state trophy white hake, the largest groundfish he has ever caught. However, he did not enter the boat pool for the second largest fish. Some of his other good fish included a 19 pound pollock, a 21 pound white hake, a 15.5 pound pollock and an 18 pound pollock. Bruno Rozen (NJ) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 33 pound Maine state trophy white hake. This is the Bunny Clark's third largest hake of the season so far. Bruno caught this fish as part of a double keeper catch that also included an 11.5 pound white hake, both fish caught on the same line at the same time! This is the second largest double keeper catch of the Bunny Clark season to date. Bruno also caught a hake of 17.5 pounds. The third largest fish was a 24 pound white hake caught by George Willy (VT). But he too was not in the boat pool for the second largest fish! Some of George's other good fish included our third largest redfish of the Bunny Clark season so far at 2.1 pounds, a Maine state trophy (Only the third trophy redfish of the B.C. fishing season.), a 22 pound white hake and a 12 pound pollock. Walter Palczewski (NJ) won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the fourth largest fish, a 23.75 pound Maine state trophy white hake!

Other Angler Highlights: Steve Brown (ME) came close to winning the boat pool for the second largest fish with a 23.5 pound white hake. His other good fish worth writing about included a 15 pound white hake and a 12 pound pollock. Joseph Daszkiewicz (NY) caught a 20.25 pound white hake, his biggest fish by far. Richie Grziasak (NJ) caught the first pollock of the day weighing 16.5 pounds. Some of his other good fish included a 22 pound white hake and a 15 pound pollock. Mark Lenczewski (NJ) caught three of the would-be keeper cod today. The largest one of his that was released weighed 11 pounds. Some of the good fish he was able to keep included a 14 pound white hake, an 11.5 pound pollock and a 12.5 pound pollock. John Gill (VT), another high hook contender, caught our largest cusk of the Bunny Clark fishing season today, so far. It was a Maine state trophy cusk of 19 pounds! Needless to say, I was very happy to see it! I took a picture of John and cusk with my iPhone. This digital image appears on the left. Some of his other great fish included a pollock double that included one pollock of 15 pounds with another pollock of 13 pounds, a 23 pound white hake, a 23.5 pound white hake, an 18 pound pollock and a 16.5 pound pollock. Tim Anthony (MA) caught a 12 pound pollock, his largest fish. Eric Hazard (VT) caught two pollock of 13 pounds each. These were his two best fish. John Manis (NY) caught the largest pollock of the trip at 23.5 pounds. This ties our fourth largest pollock of the Bunny Clark fishing season to date. He also caught a 15 pound pollock and another pollock of 14 pounds. Tom Kirley (VT) caught a 13 pound pollock as his largest fish. He had another pollock between 10 and 13 pounds that I did not weigh. John Scott (VT) landed the hard luck award for catching nary a significant fish and for getting in a few more tangles than he would have liked!

I received a $25.00 donation from John Gill sponsoring my in my Pan-Mass Challenge bike ride for cancer care and research today. Thank's, John. It was nice to have you aboard today. I very much appreciate your support on this cancer project.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Today's trip was canceled for lack of anglers.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 52F, the sky was overcast, it was misty, there was no wind and the visibility over the ocean was poor in fog. The fog hung around until 9:00 AM and then backed offshore to hang like a wall outside the bell buoy. Later in the morning the fog disappeared altogether. The air temperature was mild most of the morning. The sky remained overcast all morning as well. After noon, the sky lightened up. By 2:30 PM, we had sun and clouds. It was mostly sunny until sunset. The air temperature after 1:00 PM climbed to almost 70F. It could have made it that high. It felt like it but I never did get a look at a thermometer to confirm it. The visibility was good or better than that at the end of the day. We didn't have enough wind during the daylight hours to lift a flag. Sometime around 8:00 PM, the wind came up out of the west to fifteen knots, overcast skies became the rule and the threat of rain was upon us. At that point I went to bed. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 63F (with a low of 48F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 74F with a low of 52F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 58F (with a low of 41F).

My day was spent at the restaurant again. Every once and a while I would look out at the Bunny Clark tied to the dock.

Tim Thursday, October 30, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran the marathon trip today.

At 4:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 46F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at ten to fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent as near as I could tell.

We cruised to leeward to get to the fishing grounds. The wind was out of the west northwest at about fifteen knots with seas of two feet or better once we got outside the fifteen mile mark. It might have been blowing harder at times. At the twenty mile mark the wind started to drop off. We had excellent visibility, mild temperatures and a very clear sky. On the grounds, the wind was just about eight knots, or just strong enough to turn over a chop. Seas were a foot or two at most. The wind hauled out of the northwest around noon and then died out altogether. We had flat calm seas and variable wind all the way back to Perkins Cove. The sky was partly sunny and partly cloudy, clear for the start. The air temperature was mild (high 50s), the visibility was thirty miles or better. The tide was light. The surface water temperature reached a high of 55.5F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 59F (with a low of 36F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 59F with a low of 46F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 56F (with a low of 30F).

The fishing was very good to excellent all day. The conditions were great and it was very easy to hold bottom. The catching of legal (desirable) fish was horrible for the first one third of the trip (only three fish in three hours), good to very good for the next third and excellent for the last three spots - almost a fish a cast on all three spots. Landings were good to very good overall. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. In fact, there were many pollock of 10 pounds I decided not to weigh today. Legal landings also included five redfish, three whiting, three butter mullets and one white hake. We released approximately forty dogfish (more or less), twenty-eight cod over twenty-one inches to 8 plus pounds and two haddock that would have been legal in August. We drifted fished all day except for two spots where there were bigger than normal pollock. Jigs and cod flies caught all the fish.

The great Race Westermann (MA) was high hook with more legal fish than any angler has caught on the Bunny Clark for a trip in October and, possibly, September of this season. His largest fish, an 18 pound pollock, was the third largest fish of the trip. A couple other good fish of Race's included a 14 pound pollock and a 14.5 pound pollock. Rob Wright (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 20.5 pound pollock. He also won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the second largest fish, a 20 pound white hake.

Other Angler Highlights: Chris Porter (MA) caught largest whiting of the Bunny Clark fishing season to date. It's weight was 4 pounds exactly. This is just under the IGFA all tackle world record and is tied for the second largest whiting (silver hake) ever caught on the Bunny Clark. I took a picture of Chris with his silver hake. This digital image appears on the right. His largest fish was a pollock over 10 pounds. Fred Kunz (NH) was probably second hook. He caught more cod over twenty-one inches than any other angler on the boat today with a count of eight fish. His two biggest were both probably 8 pounds or better. Fred's largest fish was a 13.5 pound pollock. Fred Ostrander (MA) caught a 13 pound pollock, his largest fish. Jon Griffin (MA) caught the best double keeper catch of the trip. His double included a 17 pound pollock and a 12 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time! This is the Bunny Clark's seventh largest double of the season so far. Taras Melnik (NJ) boated a 13 pound pollock and a 13.5 pound pollock, his two largest fish. Chuck Lennon (MA) got off to a slow start but finished big. His three best fish were all pollock weighing 11 pounds, 15 pounds and 12 pounds. Buddah Hayes (MA) landed the fifth largest fish of the trip, a 15.25 pound pollock. Richard Stowe (NY) landed a 12 pound pollock, his largest fish. We really had no one with any hard luck today. So, thinking that this could be the last Bunny Clark trip of the season (weather forecast for the weekend), I gave out all the hard luck award shirts I had in my bag.

I received three donations from anglers/friends supporting me in my exploits with the Jimmy Fund (fighting cancer) through the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Those anglers and their donations are as follows: Chris & Paula Porter gave a very generous $1,000.00 in honor of John & Thelma Drury (MA). Thelma was lost to cancer this year and John is battling the disease now - with Dana-Farber's help. Wobby Barnes (MA) gave $20.00 and Fred Ostrander gave $25.00. Thank you all so very much for you kindness and thoughtfulness. So many appreciate what you do, most of whom will never know who made them better.

Friday, October 31, 2014

We had not a single human being interested in going fishing on the Bunny Clark today. So the wooden anchors are out for this day's trip. Tomorrow's trip is being canceled for the northeast weather event shaping up for that time period. And I doubt we will be able to sail on Sunday because of the heavy weather expected. Stay tuned.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 42F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at ten to fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was good to very good it seemed. The wind blew out of the east or northeast all day, but lighter than it started out in the morning for most of the day. In fact, the ocean was fairly calm along the shore from noon until nightfall. At 9:00 PM, the wind started to blow over ten knots out of the northeast. I went to bed after that. The sky was a mix of clouds and sun all day. I would say that overcast skies won out in prevalence. The sun, not so much. The air temperature was cool all day with a high of only 55F that I observed in Ogunquit. The visibility seemed very good over the ocean. We had no chance of rain today. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 53F (with a low of 34F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 54F with a low of 45F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 50F (with a low of 37F).

So the weekend is a wash, our last weekend of the season. Monday will probably be canceled as well with the tail end of this weather system still making a significant impact in our fishing region. I am considering a trip on Tuesday if I can get enough anglers to go, a marathon trip. The weather on Tuesday looks like it will be very nice and warmer than this weekend, for sure. If you would like to go on Tuesday's potential marathon trip give us a call at 207-646-2214.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Today's trip was canceled due to the heavy weather expected and a northeast storm south of our coast headed into the Gulf of Maine. Tomorrow's trip has been canceled as well for a similar reason. In fact, Sunday may see the strongest winds we have seen this season.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 41F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the north northeast at twenty knots and the visibility over the ocean was very good. The winds and seas increased all day. By 2:00 PM, the north northeast wind was blowing thirty knots sustained with higher gusts. Seas at the closest weather buoy were about ten feet. The wind continued to blow out of the north northeast at speeds of thirty knots or better on into the night. By 8:00 PM, some weather buoys were reporting seas as high as fifteen feet. The air temperature remained cool all day. The highest air temperature I saw was 44F in Ogunquit. It rained starting around 8:00 PM and never really quit all day long. It never rained very hard, it just never stopped. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 44F (with a low of 41F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 49F with a low of 39F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 43F (with a low of 30F).

I spent most of the day at the desk in the office at home (the morning) and at the restaurant. Barnacle Billy's, Etc. opens at noon. So from noon on I was at the restaurant. I took two breaks today. One was to attend a service, a celebration of one of my good friend, John "J.T." Taylor's, life. He died of cancer in July. The service took a couple of hours. And I have to say, his daughters speech was one of the most touching speeches I have heard. I was pretty much all together until the end of that speech. Then it was hard to keep it together for the next half hour or so. The other break was to put a couple of storm lines on the Bunny Clark at 5:30 to 6:00 PM. I left the restaurant at about 9:00 PM. Business was slow due to the weather.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Today's trip was canceled due to the heavy weather, northerly winds expected to blow as high as forty-five knots.

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 39F, the sky was overcast, it was raining, the wind was blowing out of the north at thirty knots with higher gusts and the visibility over the ocean was not very good. The wind blew out of the north all but the just before noon. Wind speeds got over forty knots (45 mph) and the ocean looked angry along the shore. We had no splash over at high tide due to the lower than normal tides and the wind direction being more northerly than northeasterly. By noon, we had some westerly in the wind but it was still essentially out of the north. Wind speeds remained about the same with gusts over forty knots. Our first real break came at nightfall when the wind hauled out of the northwest and dropped about ten knots sustained. Wind gusts were still over thirty knots but we left the forty knot stuff behind. After a morning high of 38F, the temperature dropped and remained at about 36F. It was cold all day and colder into the night. Rain turned into snow showers at 10:00 AM. It snowed until at least 2:00 PM and then stopped. By 5:00 PM, we were seeing a bit of sun, just briefly. The visibility over the ocean was pretty bad all day until the wind shift around sunset. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 41F (with a low of 35F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 42F with a low of 34F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 40F (with a low of 36F).

We had our first snow of the 2014/2015 winter season today. And it was going to be our first hard freeze with temperatures dropping as I write. I took a picture of the Bunny Clark at the dock with the snow just starting to fall a little after 10:00 AM. The digital image appears below.



I spent the day at the restaurant. It is our last open day for this season. I'm sorry (for myself) that it has gone by so fast. There were many regular patrons that said goodbye today. There were many others who called me on the phone to give us our well wishes and to tell me that they weren't going to chance driving in the first snow to get here. I appreciated the calls, believe me. So instead of being a slam it was a fizzle (business wise) to the end. The Pats game was on in the lounge. And, since they were winning, there were good feelings all around. I worked until 5:30 PM and then left to go home to pick up my wife, Deb. We came back with my sister, Meg, and my son, Micah, to eat dinner. This has been a tradition for the last few years to have the best baked stuffed lobster in the world on the last night at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. My tradition. The others weren't brave enough to order such a big meal on the last day! Tomorrow the work begins.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Today's trip was canceled with the weather forecast predicted and what I thought the weather was going to do besides. We still have this weather system pulling away giving us strong clearing winds out of the northwest with speeds over thirty knots at times. This will last through the morning and taper during the afternoon leaving a great day for tomorrow.

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 32F (coldest morning we have seen since early spring and our first hard freeze), the sky was clear, the ice puddles on the road were frozen, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at twenty-five knots with higher gusts and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind blew hard all morning, mostly out of the west northwest. Gusts were as high as thirty knots. The afternoon featured the same wind direction. But by mid afternoon the wind has lost it's teeth. We still had gusts to twenty knots but there was no heart in it. The air temperature seemed to stay cold all morning. After 1:00 PM, I saw a reading of 47F in the shade. The sky was clear all day. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 53F (with a low of 33F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 53F with a low of 36F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 51F (with a low of 31F).

I spent the morning (from 5 AM 'til 12 PM) working on the Bunny Clark and Barnacle Billy's (mostly Barnacle Billy's). After lunch, I took the morning off and went for a 40 mile bike ride on my cyclocross bike. I worked from 4:30 PM until 6:00 PM to get ready for the trip tomorrow. I was excited to go but sorry it will be the last trip.

Tim Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran the marathon trip today.

At 3:00 AM EST the air temperature was 36F, the sky was partly cloudy (a mackerel sky), the wind was very light out of the northwest and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. By the time we arrived on the fishing grounds, the sky was pretty much overcast and the ocean was flat calm. The sky remained mostly overcast for the rest of the trip but cleared up enough to give us a beautiful red sunset on the initial part of the ride back to Perkins Cove. There was little or no wind all morning. The ocean remained flat calm for that time period. After noon, the wind started to blow out of the south. The wind slowly increased but it never blew hard enough to prevent us from having the perfect drift for fishing. Our strongest wind was on the ride back with ten knots seen and seas in chops of one to two feet. The air temperature was mild after a cooler start. The visibility ranged to twenty-five miles at least in some haze. The current was light all day. The surface water temperature reached a high of 54.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 53F (with a low of 29F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 57F with a low of 45F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 55F (with a low of 25F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was excellent all day. The only slow part occurred when I decided to fish over a wreck to see if we could get a big pollock. We got nothing there but dogfish and lost a couple jigs in the process! Most legal fish landed were pollock and various species of hake, mostly white hake. We found pollock, hake and haddock everywhere we went. There were enough pollock over 10 pounds that I didn't weigh anything unless I had time or it was over 13 pounds. Most haddock were small, probably a seven or eight to one ratio (sub-legal to legal haddock). There were more haddock released than I could accurately count. Legal landings also included seventeen haddock, twelve redfish, seven cusk and three whiting. About seventy dogfish were released as well as three cod that would have been legal under August rules. We only caught six cod total for the day - including three smaller than twenty-one inches. And all the cod we did catch were residential and unhurt when released. We saw bluefin tuna wherever we went. These tuna were of a size much smaller than we have seen all year. We also saw quite a few whales (humpbacks) and plenty of Atlantic white sided dolphins. Most of the day was spent drifting but we did try the anchor once. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish. Bait worked great on dogfish and haddock.

I can't tell you who was high hook. I would suspect that it could have been David Mycue (RI). There were others who were close like Micah Tower (ME), Fred Kunz (NH) and Steve Brown (ME). But the fact of the matter is that the fishing was so good anyone could have been there had they so desired. This wasn't really the case. David caught the largest cod of the trip. I weighed it quickly and released it. The cod weighed 10 pounds. He also caught the largest cusk at 10 pounds and one of the biggest fish of the day, a 26 pound Maine state trophy white hake. I took a picture of David holding his fish. This digital image appears on the left. This is the largest hake he has ever caught. What David did get were some of the largest double keeper catches of the day. His best included a 19 pound pollock and a 13.5 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time! This is our fourth largest double keeper catch of the Bunny Clark fishing season. He also landed another double that included a 15 pound pollock and a 17 pound pollock. This double ended up in a three way tie with two other angler's doubles for fifth place for the largest Bunny Clark doubles of the season! So David landed two of the Bunny Clark's top five double keeper catches of the season on the last day! Two of his other good doubles included a 17 pound pollock and a 13 pound pollock and a 10 pound white hake and a 14 pound pollock. I also weighed two other fish for him, a 13 pound pollock and a 15 pound pollock. These fish, oddly enough, were caught singly.

Micah Tower (ME) caught the largest fish of the trip, a 28.5 pound Maine state trophy white hake. He was not entered in the boat pool. I took a picture of him with his nice fish, the biggest fish he has caught with me on the Bunny Clark this season. The digital image appears on the right. It was, actually, his only trip on the Bunny Clark this season! Micah caught the most hake of any angler today. He also boated the third largest double keeper catch of the Bunny Clark season. His double included a 20 pound white hake and a 22 pound white hake. Both fish were caught on the same jig! He wasn't using a fly above the jig at the time. His best pollock double included a 14.5 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock. Some of his other good fish included a 27 pound Maine state trophy white hake, a 16 pound pollock and a 21 pound pollock. Skip Strong (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the second largest fish, a 28 pound Maine state trophy white hake. This is his largest ever hake. He also landed our fifth largest redfish of the Bunny Clark season today with a 2 pound Maine state trophy. His biggest pollock weighed 15.5 pounds and 14 pounds. He would have caught more pollock but got involved in one of our largest tangles of the day.

Steve Brown won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the third largest fish, a 27.5 pound Maine state trophy white hake. Since he caught the largest hake of the year in an earlier trip (a 38 pounder), I didn't have to fill out a Maine state trophy card for him. Steve also won the boat pool for the third largest fish with a tie for the fourth largest fish of the trip, a 27 pound Maine state trophy pollock. (Micah tied him with his 27 hake) This ties the Bunny Clark's largest pollock of the season. A couple other fish of Steve's that I weighed included an 18 pound white hake and another pollock of 18.5 pounds. He caught quite a few haddock and managed to get a couple that were large enough to bring home. I believe he caught the largest haddock of the day but I didn't weigh it. It looked to be about 4 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Don Johnson (MA) tied with Kevin Luke (NJ) and Tim Sweenor (NY) for the Bunny Clark's eighth largest pollock of the season with a 22 pounder. He did not catch a hake of 15 pounds or better but he was close. Neil Feldman (NJ) was also one of those guys that could have been high hook or close to it. His largest hake weighed 13.5 pounds. Some of the other fish of his that I weighed included a 14.5 pound pollock, a 14 pound pollock, a 17 pound pollock and an 18 pound pollock. I never got back to the stern to weigh any of Fred Kunz's pollock. A couple that I saw were around 16 pound range. He had many from 10 to 15 pounds. The fish of his that I did weigh included a 14 pound white hake, a 15 pound white hake, a 21.5 pound white hake, a 16.5 pound white hake and an 18 pound white hake. Kevin White (ME) lost a redfish beside the boat that was easily one of the biggest redfish I have seen this year. I don't know how big as I never go to weigh it. But the last time I saw it the fish was supporting the weight of two seagulls as it floated away! Kevin did get a Maine state trophy redfish of 2 pounds which is a tie for the fifth largest redfish of the Bunny Clark season. His largest fish was a 21 pound white hake. Like Fred, he caught many good sized pollock that I didn't weigh. Bill Socha (NH) boated the Bunny Clark's largest redfish of the season today, a Maine state trophy of 3.5 pounds. At the time I thought it was the longest redfish I had seen in twenty years at 18 inches caliper fork length. But after going over the records, Don Johnson had a 3 pound redfish of 18.25 inches last season on the Ultra in July and Aaron Lyle (PA) caught a 19 inch redfish during the 2003 Bunny Clark fishing season. One of the best big redfish seasons I ever had was in 1984. At that time I was not measuring the length of big redfish. So, since 1990, Bill's redfish is in a three way tie for the third longest redfish we have ever caught on the Bunny Clark. Bill's largest fish of the trip was a 19 pound pollock. Emile Gallant (ME) caught a lot of fish today. His largest was a 19 pound white hake. Some of his other good fish included a 14 pound pollock, a 14.5 pound white hake and a double keeper catch that included a 14 pound pollock and a 14.5 pound pollock. Dave Grasso (ME) caught a 25.5 pound Maine state trophy white hake. I believe this is the largest hake Dave has ever caught. It was certainly one of the biggest fish of the trip today. Dave also caught a 15 pound white hake that I weighed and quite a few pollock over 10 pounds that I didn't. Steve Brown landed the hard luck award for putting a fly hook into his hand and cutting himself quite deeply while using a knife! I had to take the hook out by pushing the point and barb through the hand on the other side and cutting the barb off so we could back it through. This isn't the first time that hard luck has descended on Steve Brown while fishing on the Bunny Clark!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Today was the first day of the off-season for the Bunny Clark, crew and patrons. Thank you for another wonderful year!

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 48F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was very good to excellent. By 7:00 AM, the sky had become overcast. It rained briefly after that. And this was all the rain I saw for the day. By noon, the sky was starting to lighten up a bit, affording us a chance of clearing. That never really did happen. We did see the sun just a bit but not enough to say the sky cleared. After sunset, the sky did clear and stars could be seen. The wind was light all day, first from the southwest and then from the west. Ten knots was the maximum wind speed. The air temperature was mild. I saw a high of 66F. I suspect this will be the last time we see the air temperature this high. The visibility was very good in some haze. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 66F (with a low of 41F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 66F with a low of 47F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 62F (with a low of 29F).

I woke up with an adrenaline hangover from yesterday's fishing trip. When I realized what the weather was exactly going to be the night before I couldn't sleep, being too excited to wait to go. Then, of course, all the activity all day. And the euphoria on the way in. It was just too much for the old guy I guess. I was recovered by noon.

I spent a few hours in the Bunny Clark office at home in the morning. After 7:00 AM, I spent most of the time at the office in Barnacle Billy's. At 2:00 PM, I headed back home to eat lunch and work on Bunny Clark year end stuff. At 4:00 PM, I quit work for the day and started to get my bike ready for a long night ride. I met a couple other riders (from the Maine Coast Cycling Club) after I rode up to meet them at Sanford Airport. I ended up getting a little over 60 miles in.

I received two donations sponsoring me in my fight against cancer with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. One was a generous $50.00 donation from Deborah LaPerche (MA) via "egift" through the PMC web site. The other was a very generous $500.00 donation from Dave & Joanne Miller (MA). Dave & Joanne had already donated $100.00 previously during this year! Thank you all so very much for your support and generosity. As I have said a million times, I appreciate it very much but not as much as those with the disease, those same patients who won't realize why the good things are happening to them at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 45F, the sky was overcast, there was no wind and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. I was surprised not to see any rain in the morning. We almost got through the whole morning without it but not quite. It rained on and off during the afternoon, the most rain coming in after sunset. The wind was light and variable most of the morning. The ocean along the shore was calm. After noon, there was a bit of easterly wind or some variation there of. But we didn't see much wind until after sunset. Sometime around 6:00 PM the wind started to blow out of the east at fifteen knots or so. The air temperature was on the mild side all day. I never did get a look at the air temperature but I can remember thinking that if I had time for a bike ride I wouldn't have had to add too many layers if the rain weren't so eminent. The air temperature probably got up to the mid 50s or so. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 51F (with a low of 40F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 51F with a low of 46F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 46F (with a low of 29F).

I spent the day working on year end stuff for the Bunny Clark business. This also included a meeting with Jared and Ian about future plans and next year's direction and expectations. I also had two employee meetings at Barnacle Billy's. I finished around 4:00 PM for the day.

Friday, November 7, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 44F, the sky was overcast, it was drizzling rain, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at twenty knots (more or less) and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. It rained pretty much all morning here in Ogunquit. The wind was fairly light during the daylight hours. After noon, the rain stopped but the sky remained overcast. The sun shone later in the afternoon. The roads were dry by sunset. The wind started to pipe up around 3:00 PM. By 5:00 PM, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at twenty-five knots sustained. The sky was partly cloudy at that time. The air temperature seemed mild all morning, cooler in the afternoon. The temperatures I noticed most of the day were 44F and 45F. That was the reading from the truck which tells the story on the cold side by a degree or so. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 48F (with a low of 38F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 49F with a low of 39F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 45F (with a low of 36F).

I spent all morning and part of the afternoon in Portsmouth. It was doctor day for me. Blood work and physicals were the theme of the morning. Afterward, I went off a list of things I had been waiting all summer to procure. Most of the afternoon was spent on Bunny Clark engine stuff. Getting details about new engines and trying to get to a point where I can make some good business decisions was the theme. I had intended to jump on the bike after sunset for a few miles. But I neglected to eat lunch while I was ramming around so Deb and I ate dinner instead. I plan to take most of Saturday and Sunday off.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 34F, the sky was clear (as it had been all night - with a full moon overhead), the wind was blowing out of the west northwest at close to twenty-five knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind blew up to thirty knots out of the northwest in the morning. By mid morning the wind was starting to taper off. But it was gradual ashore, more dramatic on the fishing grounds. There was less wind offshore long before the wind stopped blowing inland. By sunset, there was light wind everywhere. The air temperature dropped to 36F by 5:00 PM after being in the mid to lower 40s most of the day. By 8:00 PM, the air temperature rose to about 40F with the advent of a southwest flow of wind off the water. At that time, the southwest wind was blowing at twelve knots at the house here. The sky was clear all day with much sun. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 47F (with a low of 29F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 48F with a low of 35F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 46F (with a low of 32F).

I had planned to take the day off today. But that didn't happen. I worked in the office until Jared & Ian showed up at 8:00 AM. They start later in the morning when the air temperature is freezing or below freezing. Clean-up is much harder early with colder temperatures. Together we all went down to the boat to get going. When I was satisfied that all was well, I went back to the office to balance out the money bags from the season's end (something I hadn't done yet), get a start on the reel orders (Ian & Jared had brought an inventory sheet for reel parts with them this morning) and go over the order plan in general for the winter. I was done by 11:00 AM. Ian & Jared were only going to work a half day today.

By 11:30 AM, I had jumped on the bike and was heading out of town when Jared & Ian (in Jared's truck) passed me heading back home. I'm not sure what Ian did during the day but I heard from my brother (Court) that Jared and his son jumped a buck and a doe out of beds in the woods but never got a shot off. I don't know the whole situation. I do know that that is more than Jared has seen in the woods this November.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 40F, the sky was showing a milky (almost) full moon favoring the western horizon, there was no wind and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. Around daybreak, the clouds moved in. The sky remained overcast all morning. There were places in the clouds, dark places, that made it look like it was going to rain. But it never did. After 1:00 PM, the clouds cleared out leaving us with sunny skies until sunset. The wind blew out of the southwest at about fifteen knots all morning. After noon, the wind started to drop. By mid afternoon there was very little wind. The air temperature warmed to the mid 50s. By 2:00 PM, the weather conditions were very pleasant. The visibility remained very good all day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 55F (with a low of 32F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 56F with a low of 40F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 54F (with a low of 27F).

Everyone at Barnacle Billy's and the Bunny Clark took the day off. I spent most of it on my bike.

Monday, November 10, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 32F, the sky was clear, a three quarter moon was hanging high above the western horizon, there was no wind and the visibility over the ocean was very good with a hint of haze. The day was clear and sunny. There was no wind to speak of. What wind there was came out of the south. The air temperature made it just shy of the 60F mark. The visibility remained good, at least, over the ocean. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 57F (with a low of 30F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 58F with a low of 37F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 55F (with a low of 26F).

I spent a lot of time in the office today. We decided on the opening and closing dates at the restaurants, I attended a half hour insurance meeting, made a few more restaurant decisions and updated both web sites, not in that order. Along with this, I met with Jared Keniston and Ian Keniston on Bunny Clark projects. And I did some work dismantling items and storing Bunny Clark items for the winter. It was a busy day but I finished at 3:30 PM, time enough for a bike ride. And I enjoyed watching the first period of the Bruins game.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 38F, the sky was clear, there wasn't a breath of wind and the visibility over the ocean was good in haze. The dawn broke with an orange sky in the eastern horizon, a flat calm ocean and haze in evidence. The ocean was calm along the shore for a couple of hours before a southerly wind started to air on. We had southerly wind of about ten knots most of the later part of the morning and into the afternoon. For a couple of hours right before sunset, the wind strength got up to fifteen knots. But, by 6:00 PM, there was very little wind, if any, at all. The sky was sunny all day. I saw an air temperature of 57F at 2:00 PM but my thinking suspects a higher temperature was reached at some point when I wasn't looking. The visibility was good in some haze. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 57F (with a low of 33F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 63F with a low of 42F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 59F (with a low of 27F).

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) came out with the new fishing regulations under the forced (by the New England Fishery Management Council - NEFMC or, simply, Council) Emergency Action (or EA) set to take place on November 13, 2014. These new rules include rolling area closures for both commercial and recreational fishermen until May 12, 2015. And that is about the only change the recreational angler will see during this time sequence. I say about, because the only other rule effecting recreational anglers will be the extension of the no (zero) cod possession limit through May 12, 2015. This is approximately a month longer than it had been the last few years. Normally, you could start keeping cod on April 16. The way I see it (while living the debate in real time), it is unlikely that we will be able to keep cod at all (as recreational anglers) in 2015. In the meantime, the NEFMC will try to get a new plan for regulations in place before the start of the 2015 fiscal fishing season on May 1. If the Council is successful, their plan will supersede this EA. If the Council is not successful and, again, dumps it in the lap of the NMFS, this EA (or a slightly revamped version) will go back in force for another six months after May 13, 2015. My experience with the Council tells me that they won't be able to get something in place before the deadline. But these are just my feelings. I don't believe in the Council system. And they have dragged their heels on issues like these many times in the past.

I spent a significant amount of time going over the new EA today, figuring out the boundaries on a chart and looking to see how all this will apply to the 2015 Bunny Clark fishing season. There is a two day Groundfish Committee (this is a committee that advises the Council) meeting tomorrow and the day after tomorrow (Nov. 12 & 13) that will discuss their suggestions (motions) to implement the new plan and start the ball rolling for the fiscal 2015 season. I may attend part of the meeting tomorrow. But it is more likely that I will only be there on Thursday. Wednesday will be a day filled mostly with presentations to set members up for the Thursday meeting (this is my take on things). Of course, if I had time, it would be better to be at both meetings.

This was the first day that I started to go over capital projects list at the restaurants with the people that will make these things happen this winter. I spent an hour going over these things. Completing the first part of my capital projects list was something I had planned for the day along with a couple final announcements to the cleanup crew before they leave for the winter. I also spent time (with Jared Keniston and Ian Keniston) taking the life rafts off the Bunny Clark and the Petrel to bring to Portland for repacking (inspection) tomorrow. I also spent a significant amount of time on the phone talking to everyone in every aspect of my professional life. And I had several orders from vendors I had to confirm.

It was disappointing to come home after a trying day like today and find that there was no Bruins game to watch. C'est la vie!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 51F, the sky seemed overcast, there wasn't a breath of wind (again) and the visibility over the ocean was poor in black thick fog. It stayed foggy along the coast for most of the morning. When the fog did leave it only moved just a little bit off shore. The fog bank could be seen just outside the bell buoy for almost the whole afternoon. The sky remained overcast all day. It could have rained as the roads became wet at some point. But I never saw the rain. The air temperature was mild all day. the highest air temperature I saw was 57F but it could have been warmer. We had zero wind for the day until about 7:00 PM when the front started coming through. Behind it was west northwest wind of about fifteen knots and clearing skies. The sky became clear at about 7:30 PM. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 57F (with a low of 39F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 60F with a low of 46F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 62F (with a low of 39F).

The first thing in the morning, I took the life rafts from the Bunny Clark and the Petrel to get the yearly inspection and repack completed in Portland, Maine. My office became the cab of my truck for two hours in the process. I also had to pick up a spare starter solenoid that had been setting at Kaza Auto Electric since Mike had ordered it for me over a month previously. The rest of the day was spent on Barnacle Billy's and Bunny Clark projects. I was finished by 4:00 PM.

At 4:35 PM, I jumped on the bike to ride up to Sanford Airport, Sanford, Maine where the Maine Coast Cycling Club has a scheduled ride every Wednesday night starting at 5:45 PM. I ended up getting back home at about 8:45 PM.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 37F, the sky was clear, the wind was light out of the northwest and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The day was sunny throughout. The wind was light out of the northwest (or some direction close) in the morning and light out of the south (or similar direction) in the afternoon. The air temperature was cool in the morning but mild and pleasant without the wind in the afternoon. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 49F (with a low of 30F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 50F with a low of 38F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 47F (with a low of 26F).

I spent the whole day in the New England Fishery Management Council's Groundfish Committee meeting in Revere, Massachusetts today. I was surprised how few industry people (either from the recreational fishing industry or the commercial fishing industry) were there. It was very frustrating. There were times when we had a glimmer of hope for future regulations. But when I left the meeting I was mentally drained. And disappointed. This isn't something new. It's what I call Council Syndrome; I have contracted this mental disorder after attending NEFMC meetings for years. This meeting was not much different. The fishery is in a mess. And, as members of the Council machine, we have complicated ourselves with so many strings of regulations a spider would be proud of us. I think it was good that I went if for nothing else but to get re-educated in the new things that are going on and to alert those in the system that I was back in the loop. That and $2.00 will get you a cup of coffee at any meeting place the Council decides to light on a monthly basis. But, seriously, I did come away with a positive feeling and a challenge to myself to be more vocal at the full Council meeting next week. Since nothing concrete happened there is nothing to tell you about. I'm hoping it wasn't a good day spoiled.

Friday, November 14, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 34F, the sky was overcast, it had been raining earlier but had turned to snow an hour ago and had deposited a half inch of the white stuff on the vehicles in the driveway, the wind was light out of the north and the visibility over the ocean was just fair in precipitation and snow. By daylight, it looked to me that we had received about an inch of snow in coastal Ogunquit. They might have received a couple inches further inland. The precipitation was done by 8:00 AM. Although we did have a light rain shower during the late morning that really didn't even get the roads wet. By 10:00 AM, the sky was mostly cloudy. By noon, the sky was mostly clear. The wind blew out of the northwest all day with wind gusts to twenty-five knots at times. The day's air temperature reached 41F at least. That was the highest air temperature I saw during the day. The air temperature was 32F by 6:00 PM. The visibility was excellent by noon. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 43F (with a low of 26F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 44F with a low of 33F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 43F (with a low of 27F).

I was down at the Cove this morning warming up the engine at 5:00 AM. I went over the engine with a fine toothed comb to make sure all was in order. By 7:00 AM, the boat was ready to leave Perkins Cove. At 7:30 AM, I headed out of the Cove in the Bunny Clark with my destination to Kittery Point Yacht Yard in Kittery, Maine. I don't know what time I arrived but it had to be before 9:00 AM. Everything went smoothly. Jared Keniston and Ian Keniston met me at the dock at KPYY. I went home in the truck that Ian drove down for me. They started working on getting the electronics disconnected and back to the house.

The rest of my day was spent working in the office at Barnacle Billy's and running around getting things ready for winter and the cold weather in the next couple of days.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 27F, a half moon was hanging directly overhead in a very clear sky, the wind was blowing out of the west northwest at speeds over fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind blew out of the northwest up to ten knots for most of the day. Near the tail end of the afternoon, the wind hauled out of the west northwest to speeds of about fifteen knots. The sky was mostly clear. The air temperature never reached the 40F mark to my knowledge. The air temperature had dropped to 28F by 5:00 PM. The visibility was very good to excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 39F (with a low of 22F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 40F with a low of 30F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 39F (with a low of 17F).

I spent most of the morning on the Barnacle Billy's work order. After that I spent the rest of the day on catching up with the household chores.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 25F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. By mid morning the wind was blowing out of the southwest at fifteen knots. The southwest wind blew from fifteen to twenty knots into the afternoon. Wind speeds were higher after sunset. The sky became mostly overcast by sunrise. The sky remained mostly overcast all morning. We did see the sun very occasionally and we did see a blue sky patch every once and a while. After 1:00 PM, the sky became overcast for the rest of the daylight hours. The air temperature dipped down to about 22F before climbing over the freezing mark and beyond. I saw a high of 41F in the early afternoon. But it could have been higher. The visibility was very good. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 42F (with a low of 21F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 42F with a low of 29F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 38F (with a low of 16F).

I took the day off today.

Monday, November 17, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 37F, the sky was overcast, it was raining, the wind was blowing out of the west at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was fair in precipitation and haze. It rained all day long. In fact, I don't remember a time when it wasn't raining. The wind blew out of the east up to fifteen knots. The air temperature reached 40F. The visibility was fair to poor in fog, haze and precipitation. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 40F (with a low of 34F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 48F with a low of 37F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 36F (with a low of 32F).

The earlier part of the morning today was spent hauling the Bunny Clark out of the water at Kittery Point Yacht Yard. That was completed by 7:30 AM. I spent the next hour and a half winterizing the engine while Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston (along with the help of Kittery Point Yacht Yard) cleaned the bottom of the hull. I had to leave before 9:30 AM to apply for my TWIC card and TSA approved status (airport clearance on domestic flights) at the UES Enrollment Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. From there I checked back with the boat and then went home. The rest of the day was spent researching background and agenda for the New England Fishery Management Council meeting I was going to attend tomorrow and Wednesday in Newport, Rhode Island.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

At 4:00 AM EST the air temperature was 36F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at fifteen knots or better and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. It was a cool and windy day today. The sky was clear. I didn't pay attention to the weather as much as I normally do this day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 41F (with a low of 25F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 44F with a low of 27F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 36F (with a low of 22F).

I left to head down to the New England Fishery Management Council meeting at 4:00 AM this morning. I beat the heavy traffic through Boston by leaving as early as I did. I was going to spend the next two days of this four day meeting here at the Marriott Hotel in Newport so I booked a room for the night before I did anything else. After breakfast, I worked through the meeting for the rest of the day until it ended at 6:30 PM.

Of most importance to the recreational angler was the motion for the passing of a regulation that would require recreational and commercial fishing vessels to declare into one of two areas in the Gulf of Maine on a fishing trip. These two areas, the offshore area and the inshore area, were separated by a line running north and south at 70 00' west longitude. For recreational anglers this meant that you would somehow (call in?) declare to fish inside this line or outside this line for a trip at some point before the trip started. For the regular recreational angler this was very impractical and would be very hard to enforce. The for-hire vessel (party/charter boat), for example, if you declared the offshore grounds for a trip and the weather was too tough to complete, you would have to terminate the trip instead of fishing in the safer inshore fishing area. I got up to speak against this giving examples and talking to the enforcement issue. And I also spoke to the fact that this was something that gave the National Marine Fisheries Service no benefit from the recreational angler and just further complicated the system with unnecessary burdens on fishermen and the Service. In the end, common sense prevailed and the motion passed without the inclusion of the recreational angler.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The day was sunny and windy. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 38F (with a low of 24F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 37F with a low of 24F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 35F (with a low of 21F).

The Council (New England Fishery Management Council or NEFMC) meeting started at 8:30 AM, a little earlier than the previous day. It ended after 6:30 PM, with five or ten minute breaks here and there and a break for lunch. I spoke a couple of times. Once to the idea that lobstering shouldn't be allowed in the closed cod mortality/spawning areas. I believe that there is no reason to exclude lobster gear from the closed areas. Lobster traps don't catch enough cod to warrant exclusion, and I mentioned this. I also mentioned the gear restrictions further prevent cod from being caught in lobster traps. Lobstermen can't land cod so there is no incentive to bring cod back. And there were a couple other items I mentioned. But lastly, I mentioned that I wasn't sure why the lobsterman was being attacked when there was no mention of the mid-water herring trawlers towing small mesh in the closed areas over hard bottom where all our juvenile groundfish live. Not only do the mid-water trawlers catch a lot of groundfish, but they also catch all the best food that cod can eat (herring & mackerel) and, by doing so, they make the cod move away from the protected closed areas into areas where cod can be caught. And, most importantly, mid-water trawlers catch the most important fish the Service is trying to regulate and protect, cod! No one commented on my few sentences against mid-water herring trawling in closed areas. But the lobster gear issue wasn't pursued and, thus, was dropped from the agenda.

The most important part of the day was spent discussing the proposed closed cod mortality/spawning areas to commercial and recreational fishermen. These new proposed areas were mirrored somewhat on the closed areas established in the most recent Emergency Action (EA) imposed by the National Marine Fisherier Service due to terminate on May 12, 2015. At the end of the day, the Council settled on less restrictive areas or, in short, less areas closed to fishing. But during the interim, there was much debate both from the Council members and from the audience. In fact, the Chair had those from the audience who wanted to speak get in a line. When I spoke my thrust was trying to convince the Council that the recreational angler should have access to the proposed new closed fishing areas. [I have mentioned many times both to the Council and the two Groundfish Committees that I don't believe anyone should be allowed in the areas where cod commence with spawning activities.] But my angle on allowed access was that we already know that the Service, the PDT (Council's analysis team or Planning & Development Team), the SSC and the Council itself wanted a zero cod possession limit for commercial fishermen and recreational anglers in 2015. So my reasoning was that the PDT had already had a published written statement that with a no cod possession limit for recreational anglers that "the additional conservation benefit of the closures [from recreational activities in those areas] is likely to be minimal - the economic, social & political costs will not be minimal." With this I argued that the recreational angler was being unfairly targeted and that having the extra burden of no access would be devastating to the industry. Some others echoed my sentiments in different ways. But debate raged on.

Near the end of the day, Frank Blount (our sole representative on the Council - God bless him!) made a motion to allow recreational anglers into the proposed closed areas (all except the Whaleback Spawning Closure). The motion passed! The day ended with the Council voting to approve the Framework Adjustment 53 package of new regulations with these changes and to send it out for Service approval.

I have to caution everyone reading this missive that just because these things were accepted and approved by the Council this does not necessarily mean that these will be the new rules for the future. My biggest concern is that some of these changes will take added analysis before they can be approved by the Service. This may take some time. If it takes too much time and the document doesn't make it out for public comment on time, the regulations could be delayed past May 1, the starting date for the 2015 fiscal fishing year. The biggest worry is that if not completed on time, the interim EA could be rolled over for as much as another six months (worst case, my opinion). And, as you know, the EA prohibits recreational activity in the existing closed areas including the much loved Jeffrey's Ledge and Platts Bank. Also, the Service was not enamored by the Council's selection of closed areas. The Council's submitted plan eliminates areas that I believe the Service feels should be closed. And, John Bullard, the Regional Administrator of the Service (NMFS) as much as said so. So even though it seems the recreational angler won some small victories I want to make it very clear that anyone interested in the fate of the recreational angler for 2015 pay close attention, as I will, about upcoming fishery management events. These events could change our future somewhat.

So as it looks from here, the recreational angler will not be able to bring a cod home to eat in fiscal fishing year 2015, from May 1, 2015 until April 31, 2016. Assuming the Council's plan is accepted as presented, we will still be able to access the closed areas including Jeffrey's Ledge, Cashes & Fippennies and Platts Bank. The haddock question did not come up at all during the four days of Council meetings. Nor was haddock on the agenda. However, the talk is that haddock will go to a legal limit of 17". This is not certain but it makes very good common sense. There will be a bag limit to be determined. And, as I interpret the discussion documents, this could be anywhere from two to six fish. And this could change during the season after May 1, 2015. So much more has to be decided.

Keep in mind also that all the above is my interpretation. Not studying this on a daily basis leaves me out of the loop somewhat. I have to rely on information I get from Council members, my interpretation of what I read, what I believe is the common sense approach to these problems and public statements made from many sources.

I also have to give a nod to New England's state representatives who represented both the recreational anglers and commercial fishermen in this four day event. All did a super job walking the fine line between good conservation, good management, common sense and trying to keep the fishing industry together. I felt they all had the recreational anglers best interests at heart. And every one of them vocalized as much, my interpretation. I was particularly proud of Terry Stockwell representing Maine, the Council Chair. And Doug Grout, representing New Hampshire, just did a wonderful job as did Dr. David Pierce (one of the most vocal and most knowledgeable members - Massachusetts), Mark Gibson (RI) and Mark Alexander (CT). As I thank them here it wouldn't be a bad thing to thank them yourself. Their email addresses can be found on the NEFMC website.

At the end of the meeting I drove home through Boston, arriving a little after 10:00 PM, way after bed time!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 29F, the sky was clear, the wind was gusting out of the west at over twenty knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind blew out of the west all day at speeds up to twenty-five knots. These winds came more west southwest offshore in the morning but became westerly throughout after noon. The sky was sunny all day. The air temperature went above 40F. The visibility remained excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 44F (with a low of 28F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 48F with a low of 31F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 42F (with a low of 23F).

I spent the day working on home projects that had been neglected during the summer. It was mindless work but I constantly kept in touch by text with Council members and members of the audience alike during the proceedings. The day at the Council was spent setting up priorities for future Council consideration. The most important part as recreational anglers was the question of allowing mid-water herring boats in the closed cod mortality/spawning areas. I voiced my opinion to some at the meeting by text. I never did hear if some of my thoughts were ever voiced. But I was asked and I did reply.

I also had some Bunny Clark items to complete including side curtain repairs, ordering and future plans. I did not work on anything related to Barnacle Billy's stuff. That will come tomorrow.

Friday, November 21, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 25F, the sky was clear, the wind was gusting out of the west at over twenty knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind blew out of the west at twenty-five to thirty knots all day long. The air temperature might have gone higher but I saw 34F at around noon. I do know that the air temperature was 31F at around 3:00 PM. And it was 27F at 5:30 PM. The sky was clear all day. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 35F (with a low of 23F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 36F with a low of 27F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 31F (with a low of 20F).

I spent most of the morning catching up on this Internet report after a few days of being idle with it. I spent the rest of the day on orders, phone calls and coordination activities with the restaurants. I had to get a new tire for my bicycle so I gave up work at 3:00 PM and rode my bike down to Portsmouth, New Hampshire along the shore to Papa Wheelies. It was fairly cool but I was dressed for it.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 21F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at twenty knots (more or less) and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. After dawn, the wind hauled out of the west southwest and then right out of the southwest. Wind speeds were twenty to twenty-five knots with higher gusts. The sky started to cloud over around dawn. Clouds were thin and we did see the sun occasionally. But the sky was essentially overcast for the day. The air temperature was mild (into the 40s). The visibility was good in some haze. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 41F (with a low of 21F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 44F with a low of 24F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 39F (with a low of 11F).

I worked at the Bunny Clark desk for part of the morning (the early part) and then grabbed my bike and drove to South Berwick where I joined a group of cyclists doing a charity ride for a local soup kitchen to benefit those a bit less fortunate in the local area. This is an annual event I started doing last year on the same date. It was a forty mile ride that started at 10:00 AM with riders I met for the first time last year. A great group of kind and thoughtful people. After that, I drove home to attend a "Celebration of Life" for a good friend of mine who passed away last week. I still had time for my wife to drag me away to go shopping and grab some essentials I was unable to obtain during the busy season. Thankfully, that list is almost completed!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 38F, the sky was overcast, it had rained earlier, the wind was blowing out of the west southwest at twenty knots (more or less) and the visibility over the ocean was good, at least. The wind blew out of the west or west southwest at fifteen to twenty knots or more all morning, diminishing somewhat as time progressed. After noon, the wind hauled out of the southwest and dropped to less than ten knots. Winds were very light going into the night. The air temperature warmed up nicely during the day. The highest air temperature I saw was 59F but I suspect it reached 60F before I got a peek at the thermometer. The sky was overcast for most of the morning with the sheltered back roads wet for that time period. The sun broke through before noon. The sky stayed sunny for the rest of the day. The visibility was very good in some haze after noon. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 59F (with a low of 39F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 59F with a low of 42F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 57F (with a low of 32F).

I took the day off today. I spent the morning cycling on my own and with the Maine Coast Cycling Club for a total of eighty-three miles. During the afternoon, I watched the Patriots game.

Monday, November 24, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 45F, the sky was overcast, it had been raining lightly earlier, the wind was blowing out of the south at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was good. At 6:00 AM, the rain came down hard. We had heavy rain for about an hour and they backed off a bit. It rained straight through until noon, was intermittent and light and they stopped before 1:00 PM. We had occasional fog and warm temperatures in the low 60F. The highest air temperature I saw was 61F but it could have been a bit higher. The sky never really cleared. The mild temperatures and fog made the visibility just fair or poor most of the day and into the night. The wind blew out of the south to over thirty knots during the day and only started to back off after sunset. At 7:00 PM, the wind was still blowing out of the south at twenty knots. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 63F (with a low of 38F). The high temperature of 63F breaks the record high of 60F for this date set in Portland, Maine in 1999. However, I don't believe records have been kept in Portland for more than 100 years (Hell, I'm almost that old!). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 65F with a low of 42F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 66F (with a low of 33F).

I spent most of the day at the desk in the office at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. I had various business emails I had to answer, business decisions, calls and a winter work order to complete. I got there at 8:00 AM and left the office at 1:30 PM. I ate lunch in the Bunny Clark office, answering emails, working on orders, making various calls pertaining to winter projects on the boat, etc, etc & etc. Later in the afternoon, I procured 2400 pounds of pellets (for the pellet stove) and stored them away. I just had time to run to Canvasworks in Kennebunk to pick up the Bunny Clark's side curtains that had been repaired. I called it a day at 5:00 PM.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was a balmy 56F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at eighteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was good to very good. More later.

The Conservation Law Foundation came out with a short video about keeping the Cashes Ledge closed area closed instead of opening it up to commercial dragging as is the plan right now. I had a short part in the video. I am very supportive of keeping the Cashes Ledge area closed and keeping the status quo on the Georges Bank closed areas numbers 1 & 2. Some on the New England Fishery Management Council want to see Georges Bank, particularly, opened to dragging. This is where our haddock are coming from, the biggest groundfish success story of the modern era. And they want to open it up? It's selfish and crazy. The video on my browser starts as soon as you bring up the page but you have to scroll down to see it. Otherwise, all you hear is the narration. There is a petition to sign at the video link I just gave you after the video is completed. I would appreciate it if you signed your name in support of keeping the Cashes Ledge area closed. The closed areas have been a very important part of the rebuilding process of the groundfish stocks in New England. Without the closed areas I am certain you will be kissing your fish goodbye. This isn't the only thing that needs to be done, of course, but it's a good start. Thank you.









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