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Bunny Clark Fishing Update

Written & Edited by Tim Tower

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 7:00 AM EST




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Two Different Pics from Two Different Long Offshore Trips

The angler in the upper left is long time Bunny Clark regular angler, Dave Miller (MA). He is holding his 36 pound Maine state trophy white hake. This was the seventh largest white hake caught on the Bunny Clark last season. The picture was taken during the Ultra Marathon trip, the longest and furthest offshore trip we take in a season. Dave has been fishing with me for years. He also has his own boat in which he goes groundfishing. When he's with me I get the benefit of an excellent angler plus we get to compare notes between the area he fishes and the area the Bunny Clark fishes. And it's always a great time when he is aboard. The shot on the upper right is a picture of Mark LaRocca (NY) holding his 16 pound wolffish. This was the Bunny Clark's sixth largest wolffish that we know about. The picture was taken during our second longest offshore trip of the season, the SOFT. On at least three occasions last season, anglers brought wolffish up to the side of the boat that might have been that big. Because it is illegal to land them, an attempt was made to get the fish in the boat without gaffing them. This was when they were lost. So we might have had another wolffish as big that got away. Mark has been a commercial fisherman down in Long Island since he was a kid. He's been a recreational angler all his life. Excellent as well, he has caught many trophy fish off the Bunny Clark over the years. I feel like I am doing a good job when I see one of these anglers or both of them fishing on the Bunny Clark! By the way, both of these individuals have been very generous in their support of my cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge.




This was put up online February 18, 2021 about the proposed regulations for fiscal fishing year 2021 (May 1, 2021 thru to April 30, 2022):

The New England Fishery Management Council received input from both its Recreational Advisory Panel and Groundfish Committee before voting. GARFO [the regional office of the National Marine Fisheries Service under NOAA, in Gloucester, Massachusetts] will consider the Council's recommendation, but NOAA Fisheries will make the final decision. The new fishing year begins on May 1, 2021. Here is the Council's status quo request:

Gulf of Maine Cod:

  • Private Mode Open Season: September 15-30, 2021 and April 1-14, 2022
    Bag Limit: one fish per day with a Minimum Size: 21 inches

  • Party/Charter For-Hire Mode Open Season: September 8-October 7, 2021 and April 1-14, 2022
    Bag Limit: one fish per day with a Minimum Size: 21 inches

    Gulf of Maine Haddock:

  • Open Season: May 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022 and April 1-30, 2022, leaving only March 2022 closed to recreational fishing for this stock.
    Bag Limit: 15 fish per day/person with a Minimum Size 17 inches

    Recreational fishing measures - bag limits, minimum sizes, and seasons - are determined annually by NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Council in order for catch to achieve but not exceed each stock's sub-annual catch limit (sub-ACL). The proposed 2021 recreational sub-ACL for Gulf of Maine cod is 193 metric tons (mt). For Gulf of Maine haddock, it's 5,295 mt.

    The regulations above are the same regulations we had in fiscal fishing year 2020. The 2020 fiscal year will end on April 30, 2021.

    Saturday, February 13, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 13F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the north at ten knots or a little more and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky was mostly overcast at dawn but cleared up in a couple of hours. It was a beautiful sunny day overall. The visibility was excellent. The wind started light and then just petered out. There was really no wind all day and into the afternoon. The ocean was calm with a wind ruffle on the surface. The wind blew out of the east after sunset but I never saw any more than ten knots before going to bed. The highest air temperature that I saw was 27F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 29F with a low of 17F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 31F (with a low of 9F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 28F (with a low of 8F).

    Without the distractions I get during the week, I finished my morning web routine and watched an EPL game (Leicester vs Liverpool) on NBC starting at 7:30 AM. When the game was finished a couple hours later, I started on the Guestletter again. I worked all day on this until I was finished. By 5:00 PM, I had completed the first draft of all the writing. I still have half the digital images to place. And I need to edit it and space everything. So there's at least a days worth of work to do. But the hard part is done.

    I broke up the day with an hour walk around town with Deb and dog (Gill) during the afternoon. Once that was done I dove back into the Guestletter.

    Sunday, Valentine's Day, February 14, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 25F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the east at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky was overcast for most of the day. By mid morning, the overcast skies looked to be thinner. Indeed, around 4:00 PM, we had patches of blue sky to the north. The sky didn't clear completely but it was clear enough to not expect any rain or snow. The wind blew out of the north all morning and into the afternoon. Wind speeds were about ten knots. By 1:30 PM, the wind dropped out of the day. The ocean was calm and devoid of wave action or wind to drive the waves well into the night. The visibility was excellent. The highest air temperature that I saw was 30F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 29F with a low of 17F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 33F (with a low of 21F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 30F (with a low of 21F).

    Other than my morning routine, I did very little work today. I did very little on finishing up the Guestletter, which I had planned to do. The only thing I did do was to make a list of all the things that I would do tomorrow.

    Another thing I did, not work related, was to go for a walk/run on the beach with our border collie, Gill. I hadn't run since January 14th. Before that date I had put more time into running than I probably should have as I tweaked my left abductor muscle, an old injury I recognized by the feel. And when I get that feeling, I know to stop running. In the past, it has lead to problems. So I managed to keep it down on speed today. I had no choice anyway; my legs overall didn't feel good enough but to just run a slow pace. And the routine was the same, albeit, with a shorter distance overall. In other words, Gill on a leash for the first 1.25 miles, off the leash while I ran another quarter mile ahead and then running back to the start. On the way back, I caught up with Gill just a little ways away. He ran/trotted back with me. When he would get behind, I would turn around, run back to him, encourage the dog and then get back on track to keep running to the start. We only made one stop on the way back. This was after I had completed three miles running, figuring that was good for the first run. We ran into a couple with a dog that looked very much like Gill but was more of a border collie mix than a true border collie. This dog was much thinner and faster than Gill. The couple were throwing a Frisbee to their dog. Gill was trying to join but was not nearly fast enough to keep up. So Gill wasn't much involved. We spent little time there anyway. We finished the distance walking and then did a leashed walk around the beach parking lot (without seeing the dog lady in her white truck), got in the truck and drove home. Below is a shot of Gill on the beach at the end of the run.



    Monday, February 15, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 26F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at an average of fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind blew out of the northeast all day. Wind speeds were fifteen to twenty knots in the earlier part of the morning, tapering off later in the morning and afternoon. By sunset, we had ten knots of northeast wind. That was also the same wind and strength we had three hours later. By sunrise this morning, the sky was clear and sunny with a dense cloud bank to our south and east. By 10:00 AM, we lost the sun to the clouds and, mostly, overcast skies. By 11:15 AM, the sky became overcast. At 11:45 AM, it started sleeting, lightly, coating the roads with water/ice. This lasted for twenty minutes and stopped. It started again an hour later. We had a light rain at sunset. At 12:15 PM, I looked at the air temperature and it was 29F. I never looked again. The visibility was excellent when there was no precipitation. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 32F with a low of 27F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 28F (with a low of 20F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 29F (with a low of 18F).

    Seeing as today was a Federal holiday and the weather was much better than I expected, I decided to go on a much needed bike ride after I got all my morning work out of the way. I left the house at 9:00 AM and got back before noon, just as it was starting to sleet. For two miles on the way home it was a bit scary. But I took it easy and didn't dump the bike. I was going to do more than 40 miles but, riding up back, was colder and my gloves weren't warm enough so I made my way back to the coast. It was a good thing I did. Had I gone the 60 miles I wanted to go I would have had to call for a ride home. The sleet on the coast was manageable. The sleet inland would have prevented me from riding an inch further.

    Once home, I had lunch and worked on the Guestletter, completing it by 8:00 PM. I need to proof it. But, other than that, it is completed.

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 35F, the sky was overcast, there was a steady rain coming down, the wind was blowing out of the east at twenty knots (more or less) and the visibility over the ocean was fair to good in precipitation and haze. It rained most of the morning, stopping at noon. We even saw a bit of sun. Overcast skies prevailed from the mid afternoon into the night. It must have cleared after sunset but I never did look. The wind blew out of the east at twenty knots or more until late morning when the wind direction changed to northerly. At first, the northerly wind was strong but it kept dropping in velocity as the day progressed. At sunset, the wind was out of the north but barely ten knots. The wind hauled out of the west at 7:00 PM. Wind speeds were not strong at that time. The highest air temperature that I saw was 36F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 40F with a low of 30F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 36F (with a low of 26F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 34F (with a low of 27F).

    Right after I got done posting this update, I started proofing the Guestletter. I found it wordy; not as good as I would have liked it to be. Some of it isn't wordy as I write about stats. I got done with that at about 10:30 AM. I worked until noon trying to get my mother an appointment with another doctor, a specialist, referred to by her primary care physician. I went back and forth with this for about an hour. I was also trying to coordinate all this with my sisters.

    After lunch I had to secure some storage units for our restaurant supplies. If we do open both restaurants this year we won't need as many tables and chairs with the social distancing requirements. And this also might help opening things up at our original restaurant.

    I had a meeting with our fuel guys after that. I'm removing the old 1000 gallon propane tank and replacing it with a new one. I was trying to coordinate at time that was beneficial for us all.

    Once I got home, I worked on a design sketch for the new engine room fire suppression system. I had made a PDF of the old documents in 1986 when I was trying to get approval for a Halon system in the Bunny Clark. A problem arose when the dimensions from the old design clashed with the new measurements for cubic feet. So this essentially meant that Ian Keniston and I had to go over it again to make sure we had it exactly right. In the old plans the engine room looked different with fuel tanks and a different placement of battery boxes, hydraulic tanks and head holding tank. So a new design sketch had to be made anyway. So with the exact measurements taken with Ian and a different engine room layout, I produced a different design. I completed all this by 5:00 PM, made another PDF out of it and sent it, via email, to our inspector. I want to get this approved fairly quickly as I need to order the system. Right now I don't know exactly what tank size to order.

    I had planned to attend Ogunquit's Select Board meeting but forgot totally about it until it was over. I'll have to find out tomorrow what went on.

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 20F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at twenty-five knots (it had been blowing harder than that at 3:00 AM) and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky was mostly sunny all day with few clouds. The wind hauled out of the northwest by sunrise and blew out of the northwest for the rest of the day. Wind speeds were twenty to twenty-five knots with some higher gusts, diminishing in the afternoon but increasing in speed again during the night. The air temperature stayed below freezing all day. The highest air temperature that I saw was 29F. The visibility was excellent. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 32F with a low of 23F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 29F (with a low of 13F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 33F - at 12:16 AM - (with a low of 15F).

    After posting this page, I went back to working on the Guestletter, with the help of Deb. By mid morning it was up and posted.

    Our U. S. Coast Guard inspector, Matthew White approved my engine plans for an automatic fire suppression system in the Bunny Clark at about the same time as I finished posting the Guestletter. So I followed up with Interstate Fire Protection and ordered the system that had been discussed with both Interstate and the Coast Guard. Interstate has always been very good to me over the years. Very easy to work with.

    This was followed by work I had to do with Ogunquit's Harbor Committee. And, actually, I went back and forth on this for the rest of the day. We have a Zoom meeting at 2:00 PM on Friday.

    During lunch, I drove to Ocean Graphics so I could start working on the design of the "largest fish of the trip" sticker, the tackle breaker shirts and the new PMC shirt. Both shirts are going to be a type of green. I'm just not exactly sure what shade yet. I have been working with Kevin Barnard since the Bunny Clark was launched on signs and Bunny Clark merchandize.

    I had some stuff I had to help my mother with for a while, after my visit with Kevin.

    From there I went to the office at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. where I had to print off the Bunny Clark "day sheets" and stocking order check lists for the coming season. This usually only takes and hour. It took longer today. Don't ask!

    I was done by 5:30 PM.

    I received a $25.00 donation from Harry Moore (MA) sponsoring me in the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Harry has been donating to my cancer fund raising for a few years now. Thank you so very much, Harry. Very much appreciated!

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 21F, the sky was mostly cloudy, the wind was light out of the north and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. At sunrise, the wind hauled north northeast. The wind was blowing out of the northeast by mid morning. Wind speeds were ten knots or more until noon. After noon, the wind and seas dropped. Shortly after 1:00 PM, there was no wind at all. The ocean was calm along the shore with wind ripples from the northeast. There remained very little northeast wind when I went to bed at 8:00 PM. The visibility was excellent all day. The sky clouded over by mid morning and remained that way for the rest of the day. The highest air temperature that I saw was 27F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 31F with a low of 24F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 27F (with a low of 15F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 26F (with a low of 15F).

    After posting this daily update in the life and times of the Bunny Clark and yours truly, I finished cleaning up the site as a whole and putting in the Guestletter links corresponding to the new Guestletter that I had uploaded yesterday.

    During the morning I was told that my sister, Cathy, had secured an appointment for our mother this afternoon to see a doctor about a minor physical ailment that needed to be addressed. So I helped coordinate that effort along with printing out documents for my sisters and my mother's care givers to fill out before arrival at 3:00 PM. I found out later that the doctor's visit was very successful. Cathy took her over there along with one of the care givers to help.

    I had a meeting with our (Barnacle Billy's restaurant) carpenter, Jayson Lessard, later in the morning. That lasted probably about forty-five minutes. Throughout the day I concentrated on the Harbor Committee meeting coming up tomorrow and writing letters asking for donations for the Pan-Mass Challenge. It didn't seem like I spent much time getting things accomplished but all my time was used up on items I would have to take time for anyway. I stopped working at 5:15 PM.

    Friday, February 19, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 25F, the sky was overcast, it was snowing lightly, we had a half inch of the white stuff on the ground, the wind was blowing a steady eighteen knots out of the northeast and the visibility over the ocean was fair to poor in the dark. The visibility never got very good. It snowed all day. But it was so light so that, even with the snow we got, it was easy to move and had no substance. The northeast wind blew about the same all day; seventeen to twenty-five knots. The highest air temperature that I saw was 28F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 30F with a low of 25F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 28F (with a low of 21F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 27F (with a low of 22F).

    After the morning routine, I spent most of the rest of the day at the computer. I finished up a lot of letter writing and printing. I also got prepared to chair a Harbor Committee meeting.

    The Harbor Committee meeting started at 2:00 PM, a Zoom meeting. The focus of the meeting was transient docking, dedicating two outer floats for fueling only and highlighting some of the items in the Town's Watercraft Ordinance. The meeting was two hours long. We did discuss the bridge and it's viability for the summer. But we didn't learn much more than we did at the last meeting.

    After the meeting I went over and picked up a 17 pound lobster that a friend of mine had mounted on a plaque and wanted to give to me. He's moving out of his house to another location and couldn't keep the lobster. I am planning on hanging it at Barnacle Billy's restaurant. We already have a 25 pound lobster on a plaque at our original restaurant. We shall see.

    I received a generous $250.00 donation from Mark Girard (CA/NH) sponsoring me in my cancer research fund raising with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. He made his donation through the PMC site as an "eGift". Mark has been supporting me for years, since the beginning. Thanks so much, Mark. Very thoughtful, generous and unselfish. All the best to you! And I hope to see you this fishing season.

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 25F, the sky was overcast, it was snowing lightly, we had about four inches of snow on the ground, the wind was blowing out of the north at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was good. By sunrise, the sky was almost clear. It was clear and sunny by 8:00 AM. The visibility reigned supremely excellent. And the new snow on the ground made Ogunquit look like a winter wonderland with the snow crystals outside the window shinning like so many diamonds on a soft white rolling field. There was no wind until noon. By 2:00 PM, the wind had come up our of the northwest and was blowing about twenty knots. By sunset, the wind was gusting slightly higher. The sky remained clear all day, the visibility remained excellent and the air temperature must have gone over the freezing mark. I saw 31F at 1:00 PM. But I never looked at the thermometer again. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 31F with a low of 23F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 29F (with a low of 17F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 31F (with a low of 20F).

    After working on this website update, I took the whole day off. My daughter, Halley, and her husband, Nick, were on vacation from New Jersey, where Nick works in finanace and Halley is a nurse at a local hospital.

    At 8:00 AM, the four of us jumped in the truck and headed for Harris Farm, Dayton, Maine to go cross country skiing. Deb it tentative and it isn't her favorite sport. But I give her credit. She went anyway. I raced all through high school and college and then after college out west with a base in Sun Valley, Idaho. So, for me, it was very much fun and brought back lots of memories. Nick had never done this before and really liked it. For only getting as close to skiing as the basketball court, he was excellent. Halley, for her part, looked exactly (right on form) as she did when she was growing up and we used to ski together. The four of us did about two miles. Then Deb stayed behind and the three of us did another four miles. I had a balance issue as I hadn't been on skis for at least ten years. Whenever I tried to get into a rhythm down the track, I would lose my balance and fall. There were some good moments. But those good moments of form were momentary, where my best moments of the day were certainly with the family. Below are a few pictures. I chose only the best I could find. I left out the falls.



    Above: Deb & I.





    I received a generous $100.00 from Willy Vollmerding (NH) sponsoring me in this years cancer fund raising project with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Willy gave me a call the other day and told me he was going to do so and wanted some specifics. During the call, we reminisced about the old days and, of course, talked about fishing. Willy has fished everywhere, grew up fishing in the mid Atlantic region. But, has spent plenty of time with me on the Bunny Clark. Thanks so much for the donation, Willy. It is very much appreciated!

    Sunday, February 21, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 17F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at twenty knots, more or less, and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind continued to blow out of the northwest at fifteen to twenty knots or more in the morning. By noon, the northwest wind had dropped to about ten knots. Late afternoon, the wind hauled more west northwest and stayed at about ten knots. After sunset, the wind increased out of the west or west northwest. Fifteen to twenty knots was the rule, whenever I looked. The sky was cloudless, or nearly so, all day. The visibility was excellent. The highest air temperature that I saw around the house was 32F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 33F with a low of 19F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 31F (with a low of 2F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 33F (with a low of 14F).

    After posting the update, I worked on writing up the minutes for the Harbor Committee meeting that we had on Friday. This took me about two hours of the three that I worked on it. I was distracted a bit by the EPL game of Leicester/Aston Villa. Once done, I sent it to the various members of the Committee for approval. After I made these corrections, I had lunch. Tomorrow, I will send the minutes to the Town Office to be archived.

    After lunch, I took the rest of the afternoon and did a solo bike ride that took me around Wells, Kennebunk, Sanford, North & South Berwick, York and home. A little over fifty miles. It was a perfect day with zero clouds, light winds, temperatures around 30F and dry roads. It was just cold enough so that the snow wasn't melting with water on the roads. Or, I should say, the puddles that did form were small enough to ride around when encountered.

    Monday, February 22, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 19F, the sky was overcast - it seemed lightly so but I couldn't see stars, the wind was light out of the southwest and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind increased to twenty knots out of the southwest by dawn. The wind progressively increased from twenty to almost thirty knots and then backed out of the south by late morning. Southerly winds blew from twenty-five to thirty knots through the late morning, into the afternoon and into the night. The sky was overcast all day, starting to rain around 3:00 PM. It rained for the rest of the day and on into the night. It never was a hard rain. The visibility over the ocean dropped to very good and then fair to good in precipitation. There was the occasional light snow between the rain but we never saw any snow collection on the ground. It was too warm for that. The highest air temperature that I saw in Ogunquit was 38F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 40F with a low of 19F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 33F (with a low of 5F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 38F (with a low of 11F).

    I never left the house today. I worked on this report and the Harbor Committee minutes until 9:30 AM. I stayed at the desk for the rest of the day. There was a time when I thought I might break and go for a bike ride but something else kept coming up. By the time I could break away, I could see on the radar app that it was going to rain. So I never did leave the house.

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 30F, the sky was cloudless, the wind was blowing out of the west at fifteen knots with higher gusts and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky remained cloudless at dawn and through most of the morning. The rest of the day was mostly sunny until the later afternoon. clouds started creeping in at 1:30 PM, or so. By 4:00 PM, the sky was overcast. These clouds drifted offshore, leaving us with clear skies for sunset. The wind stayed out of the west for most of the morning and then backed out of the southwest during the later part of the morning until about 4:00 PM. The wind hauled back out of the west with ten knots of wind, similar to the wind velocity when it was blowing out of the southwest. The visibility remained excellent. The highest air temperature that I saw in Ogunquit was 45F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 43F with a low of 34F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 40F (with a low of 17F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 42F (with a low of 24F).

    Today was another day at Bunny Clark Central (the office). I spent some time putting up a new index page digital image on this website. And I did quite a bit of follow-up on some of the projects I had started. I did break away to try to settle a problem at the Town Office which I did not settle. I will have to continue on this tomorrow.

    I was done with desk work after I had lunch between noon and 1:00 PM, so I jumped on the bicycle for the rest of the afternoon. It was nice to get out and ride with air temperatures in the lower 40s. The compromise, of course, was the wet roads. The lower end of my body was soaked by the time I got back.

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 34F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at twenty-three knots with higher gusts and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind hauled more west southwest by dawn with a drop in velocity. Wind speeds during the daylight morning were about fifteen knots. This diminished further to about ten knots from the later morning to the first two hours of the afternoon. The wind backed out of the south before sunset and then increased to twenty knots. The sky was clear most of the morning with overcast skies in the afternoon. Rain showers went by to the north and west of us around 3:00 PM. We never did get any precipitation. This was actually the tip of the spear for a frontal boundary that came into full force by sunset. Clear skies reigned from sunset into the night. The visibility was very good in some haze during the day, excellent by nightfall. The air temperature got up as high as 48F by 2:00 PM. I didn't look at the thermometer again until 6:00 PM, when it had dropped to 40F. I think it actually rose later in the night. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 50F with a low of 37F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 48F (with a low of 25F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 47F (with a low of 32F).

    Most of my day was, again, spent at the computer. And much of this time was spent on follow-up. I have been working on the new design for this year's PMC t-shirts (they are going to be mint green for 2021). We almost had that figured out today. I went back and forth with a new thing at the town office where equipment on commercial fishing boats is being taxed. We have never had this before in town. So I needed to find out where it originated and how to address it. I have a Zoom meeting for Barnacle Billy's restaurants tomorrow. So I did a bit of preparation for that. I had to contact individuals who wanted to reserve the function room at Barnacle Billy's. At this time we do not know how we will approach this as we don't know what direction the state will go with upcoming Covid regulations. I also had a pile of emails addressing the restaurants and the Bunny Clark.

    After a while, I was done with the computer. I started studying for my Servsafe certificate that ran out a couple of days ago. In order to run a restaurant, by law, you have to have a Servsafe manager on the premises at all times. This to prevent food borne illness. It's a good thing, really, as being unaware of something that could make your customers sick would not be good for business and could be quite expensive. We have had to have this for at least fifteen years now. It hasn't changed the way we prepare food. But it has kept us aware of potential contamination issues and made us more aware of personal hygiene issues with respect to our employees. At any rate, the test seems to get more difficult every year. The first time I took the test I expected to ace it and was disappointed that I missed one question. The last time I took the test, I felt lucky to have passed it. The devil was certainly in the details on items that I could reference in a manual that they expected you to know off the top of your head.

    I also cleaned my website up a bit.

    Being sick of work, I did some exercise in the late afternoon, ending before dinner.

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 42F, the sky was cloudless, the wind was blowing out of the west at twenty plus knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. At 3:00 AM, the air temperature was 45F. So it had dropped in a couple of hours. The air temperature kept dropping. At 3:00 PM, the air temperature was 41F. The last time I had looked at the thermometer was in the morning. At 5:40 PM, the air temperature had dropped to 36F. The wind started blowing out of the west, at times, up to thirty or more knots. I guess it was around 4:00 PM when I noticed it blowing out of the northwest. The northwest wind dropped to ten or fifteen knots by about 4:30 PM. The wind and velocity stayed pretty much the same into the night. The sky was clear all day, cloudless for most of the morning with scattered clouds afterward. The visibility was excellent all day. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 47F with a low of 33F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 45F (with a low of 25F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 45F (with a low of 25F).

    I devoted the whole morning to Barnacle Billy's restaurants. I prepared for a Zoom meeting with all the principles at 9:30 AM. The meeting lasted for an hour and a half. Starting dates (for getting Barnacle Billy's ready) were set, systems were talked about, we discussed employment, positions, emails, menu and many other things. It is very difficult to start thinking about what and how we are going to do all this in an abnormal Covid environment. We have potential groups we can't host because we don't know the future of Maine's regulations. We are not sure about outside sales of alcohol. We aren't even sure how we are going to stay open during the week in April. Some of this will be taken care of as we get closer. But much needs to be decided now. It's certainly a work in progress. But it is certainly unsettling looking at the future.

    Afterward, I spent the rest of the day chasing down the items we talked about. Resolving some and working on others.

    In the meantime, I received a very generous donation in the amount of $750.00 from Paul Kostopoulos (CT) sponsoring me in the Pan-Mass Challenge. A third of this money was given in memory of Gina Bracken, an old friend of Paul's who passed from the disease at fifty-seven years old, much too young. The other two-thirds was a donation outright from Paul. Paul has been so supportive and generous over the years. And excellent regular angler, he has sponsored me since I got involved in 2007. Thank you so much Paul for all the help you have given me and the organization over the years. It means so much and is so appreciated by all.

    Friday, February 26, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 26F, the sky was clear with a nearly full moon hanging low as seen through the trees above the western horizon, the wind was blowing out of the west northwest at fifteen plus knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind was stronger in the morning with some west northwest gusts to twenty-five knots. But that was early. The wind speed started to drop at sunrise. By noon with the same wind direction, the velocity was about ten knots. Late in the afternoon, we had no wind. The ocean along the shore was calm. Before sunset, the wind hauled out of the southeast and blew about ten knots. This wind increased slightly into the night. The visibility was excellent today. The sky was cloudless nearly all day. The highest air temperature that I observed in Ogunquit was 35F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 40F with a low of 28F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 38F (with a low of 17F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 33F (with a low of 18F).

    I spent most of the morning tying up loose ends and doing some follow up on projects that are just starting. I had a meeting with the harbor master at 8:00 AM or there abouts. I found out that he is retiring and plans to be done by June 1. That should give the town enough time to find a replacement. Hopefully, the Harbor Committee will be able to steer the town in the right direction.

    I also spent some time running around town, going to see my mother and picking up some needed items. I spent the last few hours of the day working at the desk. I was done work by 3:00 PM.

    I went on a late bike ride and took the picture below from the beach parking lot looking out over the Gulf of Maine at the full moon.



    Saturday, February 27, 2021

    At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 31F, the sky was clear with a full moon hanging above the western horizon, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at twenty knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. More later.

    In the coming months I will be looking to employ a regular deck hand for the Bunny Clark this season. As most know, we weren't fully staffed with deck hands last year or the year before. Thankfully, some of our previous deck hands (including me for two trips) got us through the season last year. So if anyone is interested, I will be looking for at least one person as a mate for the Bunny Clark. The number to call is 207-646-2214.










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