Friday, August 26, 2011

Car Camping in Maine - Day #8

We embarked on a deep sea fishing adventure on the Vagabond!

Dave took a prophylactic dramamine, I packed a lunch of baguette, peach/apricot jam and sharp cheddar (taking inspiration from a popular Saxelby Cheesemonger sandwich), and we were off!

The weather was very misty. My shell didn't do so well at keeping me dry. We stopped by an island with lounging seals.

After about an hour and a half of travel we finally settled down to the business of fishing. Dave and I caught several fish! I had never really caught a fish before in my life. Nor had I ever taken one off the hook by myself. Apparently you have to hold it by the gills and it will open its mouth making the process easier. I'm not doing that at the moment.

The fish keeps flapping its tail as you hold it.

We threw our catches into buckets filled with water. At the end of the trip the captain motored around the sea and brought up multiple lobster traps.

They took out the lobsters, banded their claws, and tossed them into orange baskets; they also returned juveniles and breeding females with eggs back to the ocean, threw out the old bait, attached the new bait, and returned the traps to the ocean.

Dave and I don't really understand how the traps work. I found these two diagrams:

The lobsters climb into the trap to eat the bait but then have to walk through this conical shaped connector to the "parlour" portion of the trap. Why can't the lobsters just back out of the trap and escape after they get the food? Why continue on into the parlour where they will get stuck?

As we pondered these questions, we found out that every person was entitled to one lobster and every family would get a bag of fish! We were lucky enough to get 2 stone crab claws, as well. The crewmembers gutted and scaled all the fish; we asked for ours to be left whole rather than made into fillets. We didn't catch any mackerel but were lucky enough to have a couple in our bag. They were very beautiful.

They made great sashimi and went exceedingly well with sips of Ikkomon soju.

We drove back to Hot Showers and Lobster Pound where they obligingly boiled our lobsters for us in seawater for $2.

It is pretty fun eating lobsters that you've personally seen come out of the ocean. And they were more delicious for it. We learned that a rock (that we borrowed from the firepit) is way more effective than a lobster cracker at breaking through the shell. Overall, it was an amazing day!

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