Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lobstering This Time of Year

Instead of using our lobster boat, Fearless that we had hauled out of the water a few weeks ago due to the anticipation of Hurricane Earl, we're now using our 14 ft. Grumman fishing boat and hauling the traps up by hand. 


Most mornings are a little chilly and it takes a few pulls to get the motor running.  Here's a shot I captured one morning of Henri just before the engine roared to life.   

The moon phases wreak havoc on the tides this time of year and it's common to have both astronomically low and high tides.  The low tides make it harder to get the boat back on the trailer when finished fishing without backing the truck too far into the water. 

In the Grumman, I no longer get to haul up the traps. 

My job is to grab them out of the water and pass them to Henri to haul up by hand.  Here we are coming up on one now, time to put my camera away so I can do my part. 

Mostly I just sit there and watch with my color coordinated boots and gloves that I will need when he catches something that needs to be banded. 

Nothing in this trap except crabs. 

And a sea urchin. 

In between grabbing up the buoys, I'm content to just sit there with my camera.   

And just take more pictures.     

Just like I do when we go for a walk at the end of the day. 

Looking out at a few of our buoys still left in the harbor. 


Teri said...

A friend is on vacation in Portland, ME now. This morning they went out on a tourist lobster boat. Told her I was SO jealous! LOL She had a blast. But everything they pulled was under size.

jojo said...

It looks like it takes a lot of patience and a lot of work. You two look darn good though!!

Kristi @Creative Kristi said...

I used to date a lobsterman for quite awhile in college and every summer he'd try to get me to go out in his boat almost the same size as that one....only he let me 'try' hand hauling.....that is REALLY hard lol where are you located...I may have been there/know someone from there :)

Privet and Holly said...

Great photos ~
felt like I was
skimming the water
right along with
you both. I could
feel the chill in
the air!! Looks like
this is a job that
requires strong muscles
and patience, too.
Happy day, Lili!
xx Suzanne

Piecefulafternoon said...

Great day - great photos - great color coordinated boots and gloves. I love a day on the water - no matter the size of the boat.

Maurie Kirschner said...

You live in such a beautiful place! Those peaceful waters - just lovely!

~ Lisa ~ said...

Oh my goodness, your first picture made me feel like I was right there in the boat with you. So... beautiful. I could see a print of that on your wall. I could also see a thermos of hot coffee and a nice warm jacket... and we could paddle around and talk about how much we love life. ♥

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog... it's nothing like yours....but I'm having fun. AND Thanks for the tip you gave me... about the camera. It's on my wish list for sure.

~ Lisa from Indiana ~

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

That looks like such hard work!
It truly is a different world from what I know, but so fascinating!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

jennyfreckles said...

Looks like hard work but fun. Am very taken with your pink wellies. And that last shot of the evening sky is gorgeous - I can imagine I'm there.

Did you get the high winds and tides they forecast?

Jen Kershner said...

I have such a love affair with Maine. I've never actually been there but my heart longs for it nonetheless.

vicki said...

Lili - you and that camera are amazing! These photos are fabulous - I love the way you tell your stories with your amazing pictures. That Henri - he always makes me laugh - sometimes he has such a serious look on his face!


Country Girl said...

This is wonderful . . .

I love that first photo and am tickled (pink) that you've color-coordinated your boots and gloves to match your buoys! Too cool, girl.