13/06/11 Lobster Fishing

A 3:30 am start but what a beautiful dawn. Then 9 hours of bringing in nearly 1,000 lobsters…. Hard work!


Russ catches a fiesty one

Russ has caught a nipper!

So here we are in Nova Scotia. What an amazing place…..

After our big exploration of Halifax and the Titanic graveyards we departed the main city to explore the beautiful surrounding areas of Cabot Shores. Cabot Shores is right on the coast of Cape Breton Island, and is near an amazing trail we were desperate to check out on our bikes.

Anyway, back to the lobsters… We woke up at 3am, and left our comfy inn to meet with the McInnis family, who would be taking us out on their old-fashioned trawler for an early morning of lobster catching. We weren’t sure what to expect. Having woken up so early, and never having met the family before this could have been a disaster.

In any case once we’d met the McInnis all our fears were put to rest, Merril and his family were really bubbly, and friendly, and explained everything to us helpfully.

So here are the facts; the whole lobster business front in Cape Breton runs out of River Creek.

Many years ago all the lobster fishing families got together and decided to carve up the different fishing spots that they were all squabbling over to stop any issues. So now every family is restricted to their own patch and everything is much more harmonious… At least I hope so.. ha.

Back to the fishing… As we left the earthy beach of Cabot Shores the sun rose on a beautiful day, what an amazing sunrise, illuminating all the lobster pots lined up on the boat and shore.

There wasn’t much time to marvel over the beauty though, once we got out to sea was when it really took off, and we had to muck in, and we did; lifting 480 lobsters out of the sea between us over 8 hours. It was lovely to stand there and watch the McInnis family, watching the relationship between the father and his two daughters, and how well they all worked together.

Charley's new best mate

Every single person knew exactly what the others were doing, they worked like a well oiled machine!

What many people don’t know is that families like the McInnis’ only have a 9 week window to catch the lobsters for the whole year. And I now know how hard they have to work for that 9 week window. Its such hard work, and I now have tremendous respect for every person who has to work in sea conditions, it’s such a physical way to earn your living.
It also really shows you the worth of lobsters. No, I’m not being funny. When you see lobsters brought up by professional fishermen and women, and you know that each one is precious and provides a part of their yearly income, you realise how important it is.

Whenever anyone eats a lobster they should think about how much hard work has gone into catching it.

I bet the McInnis’ would argue with me over that though. I bet they’d say that it’s just life. We got to have dinner with this lovely family on the beach whilst we ate some lobster we had just caught. Lobster that you’ve just caught, cooked in a sea water bath is definitely the way to end a hardcore fishing session.

See you on the road….