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Whale Cod – YouTube

Whale Cod – YouTube.

Looking forward to April 15th. Haddock and Codfish will be waiting…!

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna: A Fish Way Too Cool for its Own Good

Excellent presentation by Walt Golet on the past present and future of my favorite fish.

Japan-uary, 2013

My girlfriend and I left early on January 16th for Tokyo.  It was a plan in the making since May of 2012.  We both saved a bit of money each go around.  I often say Japan is from the future, for the 14 hour time difference demands respect and optimism.  We took a bus from Portsmouth to Boston, from their we caught a plane to La Guardia, then a taxi to JFK, from JFK we took a 12 hour flight to Tokyo, and arrived in the future.

Together, my girlfriend and I shared a deep intrigue for Japan, not only as a food culture but as a true contrast to our own perception of reality and civilization.  I have traveled extensively to Latin America and Europe, and I can navigate through language and societal standards in the western hemisphere.  However, Japan was a complete contrast.  A new land, a new language, a familiar food, a truly foreign land.  Japan has called to me for years.  I have always longed to follow one of my tunas from my boat, to Japan and finally to the plate, and have often contemplated a novel or storyline.  Being the largest market and consumer of Maguro(bluefin tuna) Japan demands respect.  My curiosity was finally met upon this trip. My girlfriend and I went to the famous Tsukiji market, with eyes wide and jaws dropped.  I was floored. Together we saw first hand how it all goes down on the other side. Tunas from Japan, USA, Mexico, Spain, Australia, etc. all were displayed orderly.  Bluefin, Bigeye and Yellowfin all in rank like soldiers aligned to quench the raging appetite for tuna in Japan.

After the action, around 6:30 a.m. we took breakfast, which was sushi and beer!  Edo-style sushi, which is the classic Tokyo style of eating consists of a set menu,  always starts with the most delicate and subtle flavors first and finishes with harder flavors. This is also the most ubiquitous sushi. So we started with Toro(tuna belly) rich in fat and subtle in texture and ended with Maki rolls of variety. In between we had Hamachi, Hirame, Ika, Ebi, Anago and Tamago.  This was our first breakfast in Tokyo, we had arrived!!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1180247 P1200301 P1180244 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA IMG_0631 IMG_0582 IMG_0572 IMG_0571

Tokyo Bound 2013

Since May, my girlfriend and I have been saving for a longshot.  JAPAN in January.  Or as well have dubbed it…..

JAPAN-UARY.

We leave on January 16th and come back on the 26th.  For me, its like going to Mecca.  all of my bluefin tuna end up in Tsukiji market, which is the largest fish market in the world. My goal is to see, first hand what happens to my tunas, and learn about the side of the bluefin market that I know very little about.

I also hope to meet the man who payed 1.8 million dollars for a bluefin back around the new year.  I hope to shake his hand and ask to try a piece of that damn fine stuff.  Perhaps a foto op will be in line as well.IMG_0284

 

Best day so far: May 28th,2012

Thanks to Kenny #1 and Bruce and Co. we had a fantastic day on the Ledge. After the tide switch, the seas flattened out and the fish were on! Four guys and 1 English lassie boated over 400 pounds of cod, haddock and pollock. We had a nice whale show in the afternoon as well with several humpback feeding with in site of the boat. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } // OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

First trip of 2012 season!

Thanks to Vincent Bauer and friends. We were very successful at loading the boat with Haddock-delicious Haddock! The Northwest wind, however kicked up to 30knots for the ride home. It was a slow crawl. Over 70 fish for 4 guys. Excellent day!!!!!

New Cod Rules effective May 1,2012

NEW COD RULES FOR RECREATIONAL ANGLERS TAKE EFFECT MAY 1

CONCORD, N.H. – New state rules take effect on May 1, 2012, reducing the minimum length and creel limits for recreational anglers taking Atlantic cod in New Hampshire waters. The measure makes New Hampshire’s rules compatible with new Federal regulations.

Under the new rules, as of May 1: the minimum size of cod that can be taken by recreational anglers is 19 inches (previously 24 inches); the minimum length of fillets that can be possessed is 12 inches (previously 14 inches); and the daily limit is 9 cod (previously 10).

The new rules are considered interim and will be effective for no more than 180 days, during which time the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will move to finalize these measures using the standard rulemaking process that includes a public hearing and comment period.

The state rules were changed because the U.S. Department of Commerce announced in April that they are implementing federal rules to reduce the fishing mortality rate for Gulf of Maine cod as required under the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act. As of May 1, federal rules for recreational fishermen establish the possession limit for Atlantic cod at 9 fish and the minimum size at 19 inches. The federal rules apply to fish caught in federal waters (3-200 miles from shore) and anglers on a party/charter vessel with a federal permit.

The adopted state interim rule, can be viewed at http://www.wildnh.com/Legislative/Notices_summary.htm (click on “Cod Rules – Interim ADOPTED”).

Ready to go!

On friday we Splashed from The Eliot branch of Kittery Point Yacht Yard. From there we did a basic sea trial to ensure all systems were go. Then it was down the river and to the sea where we were greeted by 25knots out of the south. It took us 2 and1/2 hours to travel 5 miles to Rye Harbor. We arrived safe and sound before the brunt of the weekend storm swallowed us up in spring rain and winds. Our first trip is April 28th. We will be groundfishing. Sunday is open however. Please call.

Spring Fishing

As we slowly inch along on the path of spring, we see signs. These signs are in the light through the trees. Its in the song of the birds, whether they are cardinals or finches. It’s in the bluebird family, revisiting their bird house. To me spring is also a time of planning and organizing as to maximize my efficiency and enjoyment of the outdoors. I focus, just like the birds and the trees in the warm weather to come. The ocean too begins a change. The sun warms the surface and calles the first plankton to bloom. The moon summons the herring and alewives to run the rivers black with numbers. Soon the stripers will be arriving. They follow the herring to the rivers and out to sea again. After the water warms, the mackerel show. And so this endless call and response of predator and prey occurs every year, begining with the first robin, and the first daffodil. Soon it will be May, and the fishing will be excellent. The codfish, who just like the robin and the herring return. In the shallow waters off the Isles of Shoals they spawn on the moon. We will catch lots of codfish then, and Haddock to. I encourage everyone to be a part of this chronology. By June, the grass will be cut several times and the tuna begin to show. Bluefin tuna come here for the herring and the mackerel. They feed and feed until they increase there weight nearly 30%. This too is remarkable. On our charters to Jeffery’s ledge, we see tunas and whales, large basking sharks, seal and dolphins. We are a part of the biomass itself.

I encourage you to book a trip and explore the wonderful resources we have access to here in New Hampshire -the ocean.

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