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Bunny Clark Fishing Update

Written & Edited by Tim Tower

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 6:00 AM EST



Two King Whiting, Trophies, on the Last Trip

We happened to be at the right place, at the right time with the right anglers when these two Maine state trophy whiting were caught, pictured above. Both fish were caught on our last trip of the season, the November 6, 2018 marathon trip, the latest we have ended the Bunny Clark season since the 2011 Bunny Clark fishing season. The shot on the left is a digital image of Jim Feeney (MA) holding his 3 pound whiting. The shot on the right is a digital image of Don Johnson (MA) holding his 3.5 pound whiting. Both fish were caught within a few minutes of each other. Don's whiting is tied for the sixth largest whiting of the 2018 Bunny Clark fishing season while Jim's whiting is the eighth largest whiting caught on the Bunny Clark this year. Interestingly enough, my son, Micah, brought a trophy whiting (over 3 pounds) to the surface a short while later, only to have it drop off the hook and swim back to bottom. This after Ally Fuehrer (ME) almost boated the largest whiting of the day (est. over 4 pounds!) when she tried to lift her fish over the side! Ally's fish was a couple feet from being boated. She had snagged her fish in the side. All this happened right around dawn. The Bunny Clark has landed five trophy whiting from 4.25 pounds to 5.5 pounds this 2018 fishing season, the largest in application to potentially become the new IGFA all tackle world record.




Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Today's trip was canceled with gale warnings for today and a lack of passengers besides. The next trip out will be the Thursday marathon trip (tomorrow).

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 40F, the sky was partly cloudy with a full moon disappearing behind the trees to the west, the wind was blowing out of the north at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky was overcast at dawn and remained so for most of the morning. It started to rain at 8:00 AM. Rain was intermittent throughout the day. Just when you thought the rain was over, it started again. The rain finally stopped for good at 4:00 PM. We never got a drop of rain after that. The sky was overcast to that point. From that time on, the clouds were leaving and, by 6:00 PM, the sky was clear. It had been overcast all day. The air temperature was cool with the highest air temperature, that I saw, of 48F. The visibility, when it wasn't raining, was excellent. The wind blew out of the north northwest. Wind speeds of twenty knots sustained was the rule. There were some gusts up over thirty knots but those were offshore (on the fishing grounds) and not so much in Ogunquit. After sunset, the wind hauled out of the northwest. Seas, offshore, dropped. It was a great day to stay ashore. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 49F with a low of 41F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 49F (with a low of 36F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 46F (with a low of 39F).

I spent the day trying to get caught up with the Bunny Clark office stuff and with Barnacle Billy's office stuff as well. The bad part about the Bunny Clark not fishing enough is that I don't get to go fishing. The good part is that I have been able to finish most of the year ending things I normally put off until I get time. Other years I have just started working on those year end things at about this time. This fall, most are already completed. I still have a lot further to go. But that's business. There is always something more to do.

Except for two hours of office work at Barnacle Billy's early this morning, I spent the whole morning at the desk at home. I went back to the restaurant at 12:15 PM and worked until 5:30 PM. I spent the time until 7:00 PM prepping the Bunny Clark for the trip tomorrow.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran the marathon trip today.

At 3:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 34F, the sky was crystal clear with a fading full moon in position at the high western sky, there was a light frost on docks and ramps in Perkins Cove, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at six knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent.

Steering down the channel this morning was like steering out in daylight, the moon was so bright and the sky so clear. My first thought was that the fish would have been feeding all night and won't have much use for us and our terminal gear today. And, as it turns out, something kept the bite lower than normal. The moon? The wind? At any rate, it was an easy ride to the fishing grounds. The air temperature rose the further out we got as did the seas. Wind speeds were fifteen knots or more out of the west northwest.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the west northwest to start but hauled directly northwest sometime before noon. Wind speeds for most of the day hung around twenty knots, more or less. Seas were steep chops of about four feet all morning. This was very manageable but prevented the mobility I truly enjoy on these longer trips. Our range was cut way down from what we experience on a calmer day. After 1:00 PM, the wind increased to about thirty knots, more or less. Seas increased as well to an average of six feet, more or less, in steep chops. And this made the trip home slow and time consuming. The air temperature got up as high as 48F. The visibility remained excellent for the day. The tide (current) was into the wind most of the day which made drifting fairly easy but wet. The tide was moderate. The sky was crystal clear in the morning but became dotted with clouds by late morning. The surface water temperature reached a high of 52.7F.

As I said, the ride home was right into the wind/seas. For the first six or eight miles we could only make six or seven knots. From then on we made about eight knots of speed until we got to an area six miles from Perkins Cove, where I ramped the boat up to cruising speed. We were in about two hours later than I wanted to be. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 51F with a low of 37F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 43F (with a low of 32F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 47F (with a low of 28F).

The conditions, the catching and landings were just fair today. I found enough fish but the bite was way off. And the mobility was way down so the thought of moving far away was out of the question. Most legal fish landed were pollock. We had a count of twenty-nine. Legal landings also included a cusk and thirty-one mackerel. Released fish included fifteen haddock and thirteen cod over 5 pounds. We drift fished and anchored. Drifting yielded the best landings. Only jigs and flies were used.

One of the best stories of the trip involved Tom Daigle (NH). He was far and away high hook with the most legal fish. If everyone had caught as many fish as Tom caught today, landings would have been good. But he had some problems. He felt queazy at times during the day but he didn't let it go until the ride home. And it wasn't like he was deathly ill either. He never lost his color and, to my knowledge, only hurled that one time. On one stop he lost a halibut of very good size very near to where we caught one that was 102 pounds in the summer. During the fight, he asked me to take his right glove off for him. This was his reeling hand. Like a fool I accommodated him and he lost his fish. On the sounding machine it looked just like the big one we caught during the summer. And it seemed to be about the same size according to the fight and the image on the screen. Tom led the boat pool for most of the day. In fact he led both boat pools for most of the day. His two biggest were a 15 pound cod and a 14.5 pound pollock. He caught the 15 pound cod as a double with a pollock that weighed 11 pounds. The cod is the biggest he has ever caught and the fifth largest fish of the trip. He also caught a 13.5 pound cod and a 12 pound pollock. He also lost two other big fish but not nearly as big as the "glove fish". On the last drift of the day, having the fifth largest fish, he hooked into what would have been the largest fish of the trip. On the way to the boat, a porbeagle shark grabbed the fish by the tail. The shark never good hooked. The fish was too big. Had he had the shark and fish on for another minute, we might have landed both. But that didn't happen. What did happen was the shark got at least a third of the weight of the fish that he landed. The part of the fish that was left weighed 13 pounds. I took a picture of Tom holding what might have been a trophy pollock with my iPhone. This digital image appears on the left. With some Tim Tower extrapolation going back to similar situations, I figured the fish probably weighed 23 pounds, a pollock. Or it could have weighed anywhere from 21 to 25 pounds. So he had at least three chances to land the largest fish of the day but just couldn't pull it off. For this and the bit of sea sickness (he was the only one out of the four anglers who we had on the boat today), I gave Tom the hard luck t-shirt!

I caught the largest fish of the trip, a 20.25 pound pollock. This was the only legal fish that I did catch today. I was trying an experimental jig that casted wonderfully and further than most. But I continually flipped the jig, leaving me only to reel up and try again. In frustration, I took the jig off and put on a Lavjig. The second drop I caught that pollock, on the fly above it. It's the largest pollock I have caught this season. But I don't really fish that often. And I didn't spend much time fishing today.

Shawn Rosenberger (PA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the second largest fish, a 17 pound pollock. He also caught the second largest double of the day (Tom had the biggest double). His double included a 15.5 pollock and an 8 pound pollock. Jonathan "Griff" Griffin (MA) won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the third largest fish, a 16 pound pollock. Griff also caught a pollock that weighed 12.5 pounds. But he lost a monster of a fish or two big fish. We never found out what they were or what it was. He was using 80 Jinaki monofilament leader with a fly and jig combination. He came back with just a broken fly loop. Griff fishes so often that he knows the species of fish and where it is hooked every time he commits to knowing. He could not tell me what he had this time. It took a lot of line and was not a shark or a tuna. I would have loved to have known. Just to see it would have been special.

Other Angler Highlights: John Ford (PA) caught a 10 pound pollock, the only fish that I weighed for him. He was the king of the haddock today.

We didn't catching a lot of fish but it was the most exciting trip of the year, in all aspects (weather, fish and angler talent).

Several individuals helped me with this years cancer fund raising with the Pan-Mass Challenge, a cycling event designed to raise money to fight cancer. Those individuals and their donations included Jonathan Griffin for a generous $100.00, Shawn Rosenberger for $25.00, John Ford for $30.00 and Tom Daigle for $25.00. Thank you all so very much for your support and kindness. This is so very much appreciated by me but, more importantly, by those who suffer and those who will. The hope is that they will be suffering less in the future.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Captain Ian Keniston and Anthony Palumbo ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 31F, the sky was crystal clear again with well lit mostly full moon in a position high above the western sky, there was the same light frost on docks and ramps in Perkins Cove that we experienced yesterday morning, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. Ashore, there wasn't much wind. And there wasn't any wind compared to yesterday. At most, the wind might have blown up to fifteen knots. But I didn't see it. After noon, there was no wind at all. The wind direction was west northwest and then west by late afternoon. The sky was mostly clear all day with no clouds to start and only a few after that. The air temperature, although chilly in the morning, was nice in the sun and out of what little wind we did have. I saw a reading of 48F at the highest in Perkins Cove. But it stayed at that temperature for longer than I expected. The visibility remained excellent. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 48F with a low of 34F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 46F (with a low of 30F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 46F (with a low of 25F).

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northwest at fifteen knots, dropping off to five knots later in the trip. Seas started off at two to three feet and dropped to a foot or less in the late afternoon. It was a pleasant ride back to Perkins Cove. The air temperature reached a high of 48F. The visibility was over twenty miles. The tide (current) was moderate. The sky was sunny. The surface water temperature reached a high of 52F.

The fishing conditions, the catching and landings were very good overall. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included seven cusk, two white hake, two whiting, a redfish and two monkfish. Released fish included sixteen cod over 5 pounds, eighty-three haddock, forty-one dogfish and a couple small cod. They anchored and drift fished. Everyone used jigs and cod flies.

It was impossible to tell who was high hook. I ventured a guess to Ian that it could have been Shawn Rosenberger (PA). But Ian said that wasn't the case. That it was too close to call without counting. And we don't count angler's fish. Shawn did win the boat pool again, thought. The third pool in as many trips! His fish, this time, was the largest fish of the trip, a 17 pound pollock. I gypped him out of the largest fish of the trip sticker yesterday. And Tom Daigle (NH) should have beaten us all yesterday had the shark not taken a third of his fish! Shawn still had a great day a lot of fish and another pollock that weighed 13 pounds, a tie for the fourth largest fish of the trip.

Dan Killay (VT) caught the second largest fish, a 16.5 pound monkfish. This is the third monkfish he has ever caught. But it's also the largest of the three. It's also the Bunny Clark's second largest monkfish of the fishing season to date. Captain Ian took a picture of Dan and monk with his iPhone - Yes, Ian no longer has a flip phone. This digital image appears on the right. Dan also caught another monkfish that weighed 6 pounds. This monkfish is the Bunny Clark's eighth largest monk of the fishing season so far. His largest pollock weighed 12 pounds. The third largest fish was a 14 pound pollock caught by Mark Girard (CA) who I didn't realize was on the boat today. I wasn't looking for him because I never look at the crew manifest or the reservation list. So, to my dismay, I never got to shake his hand! And that was a little disappointing as I write this a day later! Mark has played a bigger than life role in my time on earth and has helped out in many ways in some of my projects and other projects close to the heart.

Other Angler Highlights: Dave Haberl (VT) landed fifteen legal fish, mostly pollock. None over 10 pounds. John Russell (ME) caught a 10 pound pollock, a 10 pound cod and a whiting that weighed 2.75 pounds! His cod was the largest cod of the trip. Jeannette Harr (OH) landed a 13 pound pollock, her largest fish. Mike Harr (OH) caught a pollock slightly smaller at 12 pounds. Marty Buskey (NY) boated a 10 pound pollock, his largest fish. He also caught a lot of fish. Chris Opila (NH) also caught a 10 pound pollock as his largest fish. Jerry Pindall (VT) landed the hard luck award for getting involved in the most tangled lines! At least he wasn't sea sick!

I received two donations sponsoring me in my ride with the Pan-Mass Challenge, a cycling event to raise money to fight cancer. The ride is over but the fund raising never stops as cancer never takes time off! So a donation at any time of year is very important and very much appreciated. Those individuals included Marty & Elise Buskey for $25.00 and Dave Haberl for a generous $50.00. By the way, Marty & Elise have donated $25.00 at least three times this season. Thank you all so very much!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Today's trip was canceled a couple of days ago due to the weather prediction of strong northeast winds and high seas coming today. This is a great day to stay home.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 38F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the southeast at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. By 6:00 AM, the air temperature had already warmed to 45F. The wind stayed out of the southeast for part of the morning and then hauled east southeast for the rest of it. Wind speeds averaged over twenty knots. Seas were four to six feet before noon. After noon, the wind hauled out of the east and picked up in velocity. The strongest wind came up between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Easterly winds blew a sustained forty knots with gusts over forty-five knots at the house. We lost power in Ogunquit at 5:45 PM and never regained it until around 10:30 PM. The wind had backed off substantially by 7:30 PM. We still had the occasional gust over thirty knots. But at least you could open your car door without the fear of it slamming into your leg as you were getting out. It started to rain around 10:00 AM. It continued raining for the rest of the morning, all afternoon and into the night. The air temperature another couple of degrees to 47F and then started to decline. At 7:00 PM, the air temperature had dropped to 41F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 52F with a low of 43F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 38F (with a low of 32F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 42F (with a low of 35F).

I had a lot of running around to do today. The early morning was spent at the restaurant working on orders and at home updating this site. After noon, I spent my time at Barnacle Billy's restaurant. During that time I spent an hour updating the "Journal" on the Billy's site only to delete it by mistake. I haven't done that in years! And that just started the bad luck. I went home to eat dinner only to have the power go out after a fork-full of my first piece of pollock in two weeks. Down to the Cove I went to find that we had no power. Luckily we were able to get everyone served who was already seated except for one table of two. I had to laugh, though. One of our potential customers was leaving, after we had to tell patrons we weren't serving dinner anymore. She turned around and told us that she had just got a message from Central Maine Power that the power would be restored at 7:15 PM. Obviously, she didn't know anything about CMP. I didn't say anything but that we were sorry about the inconvenience. And, I thought, she will probably find out in the morning.

So the rest of the night was spent running around with flashlights, keeping refrigerator doors closed, getting food on ice and protecting the food we had. I called Matt Pedersen, my number one guy at Barnacle Billy's. Together we put his new generator in my truck and brought it to the Cove so we could get the lobster circulating tank running. The lobsters will die more quickly in stagnant water than they will cool and out of the water. So we had the choice of the generator or taking all the lobsters, putting them in crates and bringing them to one of my lobsterman friend's cooler for the night. Restoring the water circulation seemed the best move. And it turned out that it was with the power only out for five hours.

In the meantime, the surge had picked up in the Cove. Boats were swinging on their moorings and rushing fore and aft. The float where the Bunny Clark and the Finestkind Scenic Tour boats reside was yanking back and forth. We had tied numerous storm lines but one ended up snapping on the starboard corner of the stern of the Bunny Clark. Luckily, I had told Anthony to double up on the float lines. One was still holding when it was discovered.

I went to bed for a short nap and came back down at 1:00 AM, an hour before the high tide to make sure things weren't washing away with the higher than normal tides. Except for some splash-over on the other side of the parking lot, all was okay. I spent an hour checking things out and went to bed. It seemed like a long night.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Today's trip was canceled as well. We wouldn't have been able to get out of the Cove anyway; too many storm lines and too much of a surge to contend with this morning.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 39F, the sky was overcast, it was raining lightly, the wind was blowing out of the north northeast at a value over twenty knots and the visibility over the ocean seemed good enough. It rained for some of the early part of the morning and then stopped for the day. The sky stayed overcast for most of the rest of the morning. After noon, the sun broke out. The sky was mostly clear and sunny for the rest of the day. The wind blew out of the north northeast up to twenty knots with higher gusts until about 8:00 AM, when it started to back off. For the next two hours the wind blew out of the north at fifteen knots or less. There was no wind for the next two hours. The wind hauled out of the southwest at 2:00 PM. Southwest winds blew on into the night up over ten knots. The visibility ranged from good in the morning to very good in the afternoon. The highest air temperature that I saw was 47F in Perkins Cove. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 54F with a low of 43F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 46F (with a low of 37F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 45F (with a low of 37F).

Except for getting sixteen miles on the bike with wet roads and temperatures hovering around 42F, I spent the morning working on orders at the restaurant and, at home, working on Bunny Clark items. I was back at Barnacle Billy's restaurant at noon. I spent the day there going through my normal Sunday routine. I left the restaurant at 5:30 PM and got ready to head to Plymouth, Massachusetts to attend a Recreational Advisory Panel meeting. I was able to get on the road at 6:30 PM. I had a room booked in the Hilton there.

I hate to drive. Particularly through Boston. But I had no deadline so I took my time. Traffic was light. I got to Plymouth by 8:30 PM. I had been listening to the Red Sox game on the radio until I arrived. After checking in at the front desk, I went right to my room and spent the whole night camped out watching the World Series come to an end with the Red Sox on top. My Grandfather, a die hard Red Sox fan, never did see them win a world series. To think that they have won four in fifteen years is something else.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Captain Ian Keniston and Anthony Palumbo ran the extreme day trip today.

Since I wasn't in Ogunquit, I don't know what the morning's air temperature or weather was. In Plymouth, it was raining before and at dawn. I heard that the day in Ogunquit showed mild air temperatures and periodic rain. Mostly rain in the morning with dry period for part of the afternoon and rain later in the afternoon. When I arrived back in Ogunquit at 5:00 PM, the roads were wet but the sky was partly clear. It didn't rain a drop from Plymouth to Ogunquit. The wind was out of the south at ten knots or so all morning in the Ogunquit area, westerly at ten or fifteen knots after noon. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 60F with a low of 44F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 50F (with a low of 35F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 51F (with a low of 38F).

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the south at five to ten knots. Seas were chops of a foot or more over a long rolling sea swell. After noon, the wind hauled out of the southeast and remained at ten knots. The air temperature reached a high of 54F. The visibility ranged from poor in fog, haze and rain to fifteen miles. It rained periodically. The sky was overcast all day. The tide (current) was strong. The surface water temperature reached a high of 52F.

The fishing conditions were okay. There were no dogfish, the sea state was okay but the current was very strong. Catching was good. Landings were fair. Most legal fish landed were pollock. But they were smaller than they have been. Legal landings also included two redfish, four whiting, a monkfish and nine mackerel. Released fish included one dogfish, four cod over 5 pounds and sixty-one haddock. They anchored and drift fished trying to cope with the strong current. Only jigs and cod flies were used.

Henry Martin (KY) was high hook with the most legal fish. His largest fish was a 10 pound pollock, the third largest fish of the trip. Buzz Leonard (ME) was second hook. He also won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 11 pound monkfish. This is a tie for the Bunny Clark's sixth largest monkfish of the season to date. [Incidentally, Captain Ian "Monk Man" Keniston has skippered the Bunny Clark for all but one monkfish landing. He's also top on the list, between he and I, for almost every barndoor skate.] Buzz also caught the second largest fish of the trip, a 10.5 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Rhoda Zimmerman (KY) caught a 9 pound pollock, her largest fish. John Kilmer (ME) caught an 8 pound pollock, his best. Lavern Zimmerman (KY) landed the hard luck award for getting a touch of the mal de mer. Since I was gone all day I didn't press Ian for the details.

The Recreational Advisory Panel (RAP) meeting started at 10:00 AM. The meeting was a preliminary meeting to look at the catch statistics from this year's compiled data, comparisons to last years fishing season, draw up a priorities list to give to the New England Fishery Management Council, listen to a brief discussion on the potential of new tools to reduce recreational discards, listen to a presentation of recreational workshops planned in the future (along with our input on such) and, the most important, review data that shows that the recreational quota should be re-allocated up as compared to the commercial quota. Re-allocation was the number one priority that was moved on to the Council today. We also talked about a limited entry plan in the party/charter fleet, specifically a control date limiting permits to those who had them before that particular date. We didn't get into details. We just moved the discussion forward. Those representatives of the private sector at the meeting were concerned about not being able to get a party/charter permit if this idea was acted upon. But the discussion went no further than this.

There was talk around the cod data. The cod situation looks worse than thought previously. The haddock, and it's relationship to catching cod, looked better. In fact, the data seemed to show that the party/charter fleet has been able to stay away from cod while fishing for haddock. Of course, we knew this all along. This not so much with the private boats. But this is the first time the data has leaned this way, in our favor. Also, I think there is a good chance that we will be able to keep haddock throughout our season next year. This may or may not happen. But the thrust of my being there was to give us, the recreational angler, more opportunities to keep haddock while also being conservative, or conservationist, in the process.

So, in short, the meeting was held to get us ready for regulatory decisions that we will be asking for in the January meeting. We shall see. As usual, I am optimistic.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

We had nary enough anglers to make the trip today. Ah, another Tim Tuesday down the tubes. Tomorrow's extreme day trip will be sailing.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 40F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the west at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was very good. The wind hauled out of the west northwest and northwest as the morning got brighter with the sunrise. Wind speeds ashore were as high as twenty knots. But these wind speeds tapered off to fifteen knots during the day. The wind never really tapered off after sunset either. The air temperature seemed slow to rise. But it did get to 50F, which surprised me. The sky was overcast for most of the day with the only sun being seen in the morning and after 5:00 PM. We had a clear starry night. The visibility was excellent. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 50F with a low of 39F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 44F (with a low of 26F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 49F (with a low of 35F).

I spent the day at the restaurant, catching up after yesterday's commitment in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Not a very exciting day for me, the best part being a twenty mile bike ride I gifted myself from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Captain Ian Keniston and Anthony Palumbo ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 30F, the sky was clear, the wind was light out of the northwest and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. Ashore, the air temperature dropped to 29F by 6:30 AM before rising slowly. At 10:00 AM, the air temperature had risen to 35F. The highest air temperature that I saw was 48F at 2:00 PM. The wind was light out of the northwest until about 10:00 AM. After that the wind hauled out of the south. The southerly wind stayed less than ten knots for almost the whole day until a little before 4:00 PM, when we started to see gusts of twelve knots or so. By 6:00 PM, those gusts were up to fifteen knots. The sky was mostly clear all morning, partial cloud cover in the afternoon. There was always some blue sky somewhere to be seen but most of it was not over head in the afternoon. The visibility was excellent. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 56F with a low of 37F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 50F (with a low of 23F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 47F (with a low of 29F).

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at five knots or less to start. The ocean was calm. The southwest wind increased later in the morning. After noon, southwest wind speed were ten to fifteen knots with seas in chops of two feet. The air temperature reached a high of 48F. The visibility was over twenty miles. The tide (current) was moderate. The sky was sunny in the morning and overcast in the afternoon. The surface water temperature reached a high of 51F, very normal for this time of year.

The fishing, catching and landings were very good today overall, excellent on one stop. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included two redfish, two cusk, one white hake, twenty-five mackerel and a whiting. Released fish included thirty-three cod over 5 pounds, fifty-four haddock, eighteen dogfish, a few sub-legal pollock and a handful of small cod. Drifting was the method. Jigs and flies were the only terminal gear used.

Dan Vitalis (ME) was high hook with the most legal fish. His largest fish was a 17 pound pollock. His largest cod weighed 11 pounds. Dave Larson (NH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 20 pound pollock. The second largest fish was an 18.5 pound pollock caught by Dylan Mitchell (ME). Dylan also landed a 17 pound pollock and a 12.5 pound pollock. Roger Aldridge (NY) caught the third largest fish, an 18 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Don Robichaud (NH) caught the eleventh largest double of the Bunny Clark fishing season with a 17.5 pound pollock and a 12.5 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. His largest cod weighed 12.5 pounds. And he caught a 16 pound pollock. John McKechnie (ME) caught a 16 pound pollock, his best fish. Alycia Vitko (NH) landed a 15 pound pollock and a 13 pound pollock. Greeney (NH) landed the hard luck award for having the most tangled lines.

Thursday, November 1, 2018, The First Day of Haddock Season

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran the marathon trip today.

At 3:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 46F, the sky was ninety percent overcast, there was no wind ashore (light northwest offshore) and the visibility over the ocean was excellent.

There was no wind on the ride to the fishing grounds. There was some left over chop/swell from the south that kept the boat rolling from side to side. But there was no spray to speak of and I was able to run at full cruising speed from Perkins Cove to our first fishing spot. The sky was mostly cloudy with some clear spots showing stars. The air temperature, an hour before we arrived on the grounds, was 53F. That turned out to be the highest air temperature of the trip.

On the fishing grounds, the wind was very light from the south when we first arrived. Within a half hour that wind was gone, leaving us with a calm ocean surface. A short while later, the wind blew lightly out of the north. Those first two hours showed us a sky that was thinly covered with clouds leaving many clear blue patches. As the day progressed, the sky became more cloud covered. By 10:00 AM, the sky was overcast. By 11:00 AM, it had started to rain. It rained lightly for the rest of the day. At about that time, the wind started to blow more than the one or two knots we had been experiencing until that point. But the wind never blew more than five knots until 2:00 PM. The wind direction had been established from the north northeast at 11:00 AM. Half way home, the wind finally hauled out of the northeast. We never had any wind of ten knots or greater. The high air temperature on the fishing grounds was 51F. The tide (current) was light to moderate. The visibility ranged from seven to fifteen miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 51.4F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 64F with a low of 53F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 48F (with a low of 37F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 50F (with a low of 42F).

The fishing conditions were excellent. There were no dogfish, the ocean was flat calm, the current was almost nothing and the air temperature was mild. The catching was good. Landings were fair until the last spot, giving us a category of good for the day. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included three haddock, one redfish, one cunner, one whiting, six cusk and fifteen hake. Released fish included a 9 pound cod, two sub-legal cod, one sub-legal pollock, a sub redfish, six small haddock and a dogfish. We drift fished most of the day. I anchored three times. Jigs and cod flies were used. We brought bait clams but no one used them.

Either Jonathan "Griff" Griffin (MA) or Ray Westermann (MA) was high hook with the most legal fish. They keep their fish together so it was impossible to tell anyway. Ray won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 29.25 pound Maine state trophy white hake. I took a picture of Ray with his big hake. This digital image appears on the left. He also won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the fourth largest fish of the trip, a 21.5 pound white hake. Some of Ray's other fish included the largest pollock at 15.5 pounds, two hake of 12 pounds each, a 12 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock.

The second largest fish was a 25 pound Maine state trophy white hake caught by Ally Fuehrer (ME). Ally did not get in the boat pool. She declined my offer. I did take a picture of her holding her big hake. This digital image appears on the right. She caught the first fish of the trip, an 8.5 pound pollock. She also caught several pollock, a two pound cunner and a 15 pound white hake.

The third largest fish was a 24 pound white hake caught by Chris Bergier (MA). He was not in the boat pool for the second largest fish. Chris landed two of the three legal haddock caught today. And he caught quite a few double pollock catches. His three largest pollock weighed 10 pounds each.

Other Angler Highlights: Griff caught the fifth largest hake at 19 pounds. His second largest fish was a hake that weighed 14 pounds. Erik Grove (ME) caught a 15.5 pound white hake, his biggest fish. He also caught the 9 pound cod. Shuai Duo (MA) on his first deep sea fishing trip, caught a 12 pound white hake, a 10 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock. I gave Chris Bergier the hard luck award t-shirt for getting a tad sea sick, the sole hurler of the day. He didn't let "this slight malady" keep him from fishing!

Erik Grove donated $25.00 to help with my cancer fund raising with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Thanks, Erik. I very much appreciate the support and I'm so glad you could make it out fishing with us before the end. All the best this winter!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Today's trip was called off yesterday. We didn't have enough anglers and the weather was suspect. Although, the NWS sure did get yesterday's forecast wrong. I wasn't really surprised. Had I known it was going to be so calm yesterday, I might have planned the day differently.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 51F, the sky was overcast, it was raining, the wind was blowing out of the east at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was fair to poor in haze, fog and precipitation. It rained all morning and most of the afternoon, stopping late in the afternoon only to start again around sunset and, periodically, through the night. The wind was light all day, never getting to ten knots at any time that I saw during the day. The ocean was fairly calm every time I looked. The air temperature rose to a high value of 52F. The visibility after 8:00 AM was fair to good in precipitation, mostly good, on average, all day. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 70F with a low of 53F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 52F (with a low of 46F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 50F (with a low of 48F).

Other than the regular routine at the restaurant (Barnacle Billy's), I got caught up on a lot of things I had been trying to do but had no extra time to complete. And it looks like tomorrow will be much the same, as they are calling for two inches of rain. So nothing special to report today.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Today's trip was canceled due to a storm warning alert yesterday for the fishing grounds off Maine and New Hampshire. After noon to 7:00 PM, there is the potential for wind speeds to approach fifty knots. Not a pleasant prospect for anglers trying to enjoy a day at sea. The Bunny Clark will be sailing tomorrow.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 49F, the sky was overcast, it was raining (hard at times), the wind was blowing out of the north at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was fair in precipitation. The wind blew out of the northeast, east and southeast but not very hard along the shore. It was blowing at fifteen knots or better offshore. At the same time in Perkins Cove there was hardly any wind at all. It rained all morning. By noon, the rain had stopped, essentially, for the day. It rained after midnight and through the morning until this time. After noon, the air got still and the fog rolled in. By 1:30 PM, it was black thick making it hard to see the bridge from Barnacle Billy's, Etc. At 2:30 PM, the westerly wind arrived. The wind went from still to thirty and forty knots. The sky had been overcast until this time. We had gusts up to fifty knots at 3:45 PM. Patches of blue sky showed up with the wind. By 5:00 PM, the sky was cloudless, the wind had backed off to about thirty and thirty-five knots out of the west. The visibility was excellent and the air temperature had dropped to 51F. The air temperature had been as high as 58F during the early afternoon. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 68F with a low of 47F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 56F (with a low of 42F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 58F (with a low of 45F).

I spent the morning working on Bunny Clark stuff, Barnacle Billy's office stuff and getting the boats ready for fifty knots of wind that might come out of the southwest. That meant storm lines. I went into Barnacle Billy's to work at opening, around noon. There were a few regulars at that time but it wasn't too busy. A bad weather forecast hurts us more than bad weather.

Later in the morning I took a break to go for a 2.5 mile run on the beach with our border collie, Gill. The beach is certainly for the dogs. He loves it down there. And it was a good thing that I get back to some slow running. If I don't run with the dog, I run too hard and always end up injuring myself. Hell getting old!

I'm anticipating a good day of fishing tomorrow on the Bunny Clark. The wind will be strongest in the morning, a good ride home in the afternoon.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Captain Ian Keniston and Anthony Palumbo ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 40F, the sky was crystal clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. Ashore, the wind blew out of the west at twenty knots or better to start and then started dropping, hauling out of the northwest for the later part of the morning. Northwest wind speeds were about fifteen knots. After noon, the northwest wind, speed, dropped to about five knots or so. The sky was clear all day with very few clouds. The visibility was excellent. The air temperature reached a high of 53F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 56F with a low of 42F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 49F (with a low of 28F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 51F (with a low of 33F).

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the west at fifteen knots to start. Seas were chops of three to five feet at the time. Wind and seas started diminishing as soon as they started fishing. By noon, the wind had hauled out of the northwest. Seas were one to two feet in chops. The northwest wind dropped to about five knots with a one foot chop before heading home. The air temperature reached a high of 54F in the shade. The visibility ranged to over twenty miles. The tide (current) was moderate to strong. The sky was mostly sunny. The surface water temperature reached a high of 51F.

The fishing conditions were tough with the chop initially but started to get better immediately. Overall, the conditions were good. The catching and landings were very good today. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included thirty-three haddock, a redfish, two cusk, a white hake, a monkfish and nine whiting. Released fish included twenty-five cod over 5 pounds, eighteen short haddock, fourteen dogfish and a few short cod and pollock. They drift fished and anchored. Jigs and flies caught the most fish.

Joe Columbus (MA) was high hook with the most legal fish. Aaron LaFlower (NH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 17 pound cod. The second largest fish was a 16.5 pound monkfish caught by Willy Vollmerding (NH). Willy caught his monk as part of a double that also included a 10 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time! I think this is the strangest double of the Bunny Clark season and will probably remain so. Bill Socha (NH) caught the third largest fish, a 15 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Ryan Kelly (ME) caught an 11.5 pound pollock, his largest fish. Buzz Leonard (ME) landed the hard luck award for losing a single jig. There wasn't much hard luck today. Nor did anyone get sea sick!

I received several donations sponsoring me in this years ride with the Pan-Mass Challenge, a cycling event to raise money for cancer care and research. Those donors and their donations included Michael & Kerry Mithen (MA) in loving memory of their dog, Zoie, who passed away August 29, 2018 of Cancer (they added: "Thanks for all your hard work!") for a very generous $100.00, Thomas & Deborah McDonnell (MA) for a generous $50.00, Willy Vollmerding for a generous $50.00 and Joe Columbus for a generous $50.00. Actually, Joe had donated much more than that over the year! Thank you all so very much for your thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity. I very much appreciate all your help and support!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Captain Ian Keniston and Anthony Palumbo ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 36F, the sky was mostly overcast, the wind was blowing out of the east at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky was overcast all day. The wind was light from the east all day. The ocean along the shore was calm. The sky stayed overcast all day. At 2:30 it started to rain. It was light rain but it kept up almost until dark, stopped for a bit and then started again, light. The visibility was very good all day. The air temperature reached a high of 50F in Perkins Cove. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 52F with a low of 46F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 41F (with a low of 27F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 42F (with a low of 31F).

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southeast at five knots, increasing to fifteen knots near the end. Seas increased from one to two feet in chops to two to three feet. The air temperature reached a high of 48F. The visibility was over twenty miles. The tide was moderate to strong. The sky was overcast, as it was ashore. The surface water temperature reached a high of 51F.

The fishing conditions were good, catching was excellent and landings were very good. Most legal fish landed were pollock but there were almost as many haddock today, the best haddock day in the last two months. Legal landings also included one redfish, one cusk, a white hake, a monkfish and two whiting. Released fish included sixty-two cod over 5 pounds, fifty-two short haddock, a couple small cod and no dogfish. They drift fished all day. All terminal gear worked well.

Ron Hamel (ME) was high hook with the most legal fish. David Smith (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 23.5 pound Maine state trophy monkfish. This is the Bunny Clark's largest monkfish of the season to date. And it's doubtful we will be catching any larger than this during this season with one day to go. Ian took a picture of David holding his great catch. This digital image appears on the left. The second largest fish was a 17 pound cod caught by Tara Greenberg (ME). Peter Grant (ME) caught the third largest fish, a 16 pound cod. Peter's biggest pollock weighed 11 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Andy Watson (ME) caught a 10.5 pound pollock, his largest fish. Chris Roman (ME) landed a 10 pound pollock. Bill Littell (ME) caught an 11.5 pound cod, his biggest fish. Paul Waring (ME) landed the hard luck award for having a fairly serious equilibrium problem. And I don't mean that he was falling down all the time, either!

Tim Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Captain Ian Keniston, Anthony Palumbo and I ran the marathon trip today.

At 3:00 AM EST the air temperature was 43F, the sky was overcast, it was raining lightly, the wind was blowing out of the north northeast at five knots and the visibility over the ocean was fair to good in precipitation.

The wind might have been as much as fifteen knots out of the northeast on the ride to the fishing grounds. There was about a two foot wind chop over a sea from the east that was at least six feet. So it was slow going. I kept the cruising speed at ten knots so everyone would be more comfortable on the way to the fishing grounds. It was certainly more comfortable but that didn't mean it was easy to sleep. It was comfortable enough at the helm. The air temperature was mild. The visibility was fair to good in haze, fog and some rain.

On the fishing grounds, the wind was out of the northeast at ten knots when we first arrived. That wind dropped by half an hour later, leaving us with light northeast wind, a one foot chop and seas from the east that actually increased to almost eight or nine feet at times during the trip. These seas lasted all day but were so far apart as to be no problem. The wind died out almost completely by mid morning. We carried light winds until the last hour of the fishing when the wind hauled out of the southeast at ten knots giving us a one foot chop to ride home on. Half way back to Perkins Cove, the wind hauled out of the northwest and picked up to fifteen knots with a one to two foot chop.

The sky was overcast all day. We had rain on the way out, rain off and on during the early part of the morning, no rain for the later part of the morning and early afternoon and rain for the last two hours of the day. The air temperature was surprisingly mild for a northeast wind. We had 53F from the five mile mark to the fishing grounds and 52F for all but the last hour of the day when the air temperature dropped by a degree. The visibility was good until the first hour of fishing was over. From then until the last hour of the day we had fog that gave us, at most, fifteen boat lengths of visibility. The visibility opened up to eight to ten miles by 2:00 PM. We had good visibility for the ride home. It rained for most of the ride back to the dock. The tide (current) was very light for most of the day giving us the ability to either anchor or drift as I saw fit. The surface water temperature struggled to stay just a hair above 51F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 76F with a low of 57F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 48F (with a low of 40F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 60F (with a low of 48F).

The fishing conditions were excellent, the catching was excellent (if you also include dogfish) and landings were very good. Most legal fish landed were haddock, the most haddock that have been caught on the Bunny Clark since the day before the Federal government shut the haddock keeping down on September 16, 2018. And we were just a few haddock shy of that trip. The haddock cull was almost two to one, legal to sub-legal fish. Legal landings also included one redfish, seven cusk, forty-eight mackerel and seven whiting. Released fish included twenty-six cod over 5 pounds, nine cod under 5 pounds, over a hundred dogfish and quite few small pollock. We did anchor a few times. But most of the day was spent drifting. All terminal gear worked well, bait or jigs.

There was a battle for high hook (the most legal fish). Tom Miller (NH) led the charge for most of the morning but Jim Feeney (MA) eventually caught up and passed Tom in the end. Everybody landed a lot of fish but Jim came out on top. Jim's best fish was a 3 pound Maine state trophy whiting, the eighth largest whiting caught on the Bunny Clark this season. His largest fish was a 12 pound cod. His largest pollock weighed 11.5 pounds. Tom won the boat pool for the third largest fish with the third largest fish, a 17 pound pollock. Tom also caught a 13 pound pollock. Don Johnson (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 24 pound cod. This ties for the Bunny Clark's fifth largest cod of the season. I took a picture of Don with his big cod, before releasing it, with my iPhone. This digital image appears on the right. Three other fish of Don's that I weighed included a 9.5 pound pollock, a 10 pound pollock and a 3.5 pound Maine state trophy whiting. The whiting is tied for the sixth largest whiting of the 2018 Bunny Clark fishing season. Jim and Don caught their whiting within a few minutes of each other. Bruno Rodzen (NJ) won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the second largest fish, an 18 pound pollock. Bruno also caught an 11 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Micah Tower (ME) caught a 10 pound pollock, his largest fish. He also lost a trophy (3 pound) whiting on the surface. Ally Fuehrer (ME) lost the largest whiting of the day, estimated at, at least, 4 pounds. She was lifting it to the rail when it fell off the hook, hit the water's surface and swam back to bottom. Her largest fish was a 12 pound pollock. Andriy Andruntsiv (NJ) caught a 14 pound cod, his largest fish. His largest pollock weighed 10 pounds. Andriy caught quite a few pollock doubles today. Marcin Korszen (NH) boated our third largest whiting of the day at 2.25 pounds. Marcin's largest fish was a 14 pound pollock but he also caught pollock of 12 pounds and 12.5 pounds. Marcin had a very productive day today. There was really no hard luck on this trip but I ended up giving all the rest of the hard luck t-shirts away anyway.

I received two donations sponsoring me in the cycling event that is closest to my heart, the Pan-Mass Challenge. This event, that I have been riding in since 2007, raises money to fight cancer with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Cancer never sleeps and the fund raising never ends. The fund raising for this year will end on December 31, 2018. I will be doing the event again in 2019 am looking forward to getting to the half million dollar mark in the near future. The donors today included Jim Feeney for a generous $100.00 and Don Johnson for $30.00. Don and his wife, Lisa, had already donated a generous sum ten minutes after I finished this year's ride in Provincetown, Massachusetts on August 5th. Thank you both so very much for supporting me in this effort. I think it's very important and might save the life of someone close. Very much appreciated!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Today is the first day of the end of the 2018 Bunny Clark fishing season, a very fun year to say the least!

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 51F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west southwest at twelve knots and the visibility over the ocean seemed very good. The wind picked up out of the west southwest in the morning and then died out to ten knots or so in the afternoon. The day was wonderful, it was warm all day. I saw a high reading of 62F in Perkins Cove but it could have been warmer than that. The sky was clear all day. The visibility was very good, at least. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 64F with a low of 53F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 60F (with a low of 32F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 61F (with a low of 43F).

I spent the day running around, working at the boat, at the restaurants and working off a list of things to do.

Skip Dunning from Power Products in Portland, Maine showed up to adjust the valves on the Bunny Clark's engine, review the engine via laptop, clear the warnings and panel messages during the year and give an overall look at things. This is the year end protocol I complete after every season. This was the first time I have ever done this the day after the last day of the season. And this worked out well as the engine was still moderately warm after yesterday's trip and the day was perfect to work out in the open. I took a picture of Skip doing his job. This digital image appears below.



The rest of the day was spent running around working off the list, mostly restaurant stuff. I was done at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 41F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at twenty knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky remained mostly clear all day with few clouds. The wind blew out of the west for the early part of the morning. Wind speeds ranged from ten to twenty knots. Later morning, the wind hauled out of the west northwest and blew with less velocity for the rest of the day. The afternoon saw wind gusts to ten knots. The visibility was excellent. The air temperature reached a value of, at least, 56F today. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 57F with a low of 44F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 52F (with a low of 28F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 55F (with a low of 34F).

Today was doctors day, with most of the day getting to scheduled appointments on time. Eye doctor, my GP and the dentist. Between times I worked at the restaurant (desk work stuff) and checked on the Bunny Clark. Captain Ian Keniston and, my son, Micah, were cleaning the boat today. Everything gets cleaned and put away for the winter.

At my GP's office in Portsmouth, I had a flu shot and a pneumonia shot (my right arm). By 4:00 PM, I could hardly lift my right arm, it hurt so much. By 6:00 PM, I changed to my left hand to eat dinner. At 7:00 PM, I was not feeling great. I started to get chills at before 8:00 PM, so I went to bed. I woke up with a fever at 10:30 PM, wide awake. I took some Tylenol and was back in bed by 11:00 PM.

Friday, November 9, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 30F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent.

I got out of bed this morning at 5:30 AM, later than normal. But I felt great. My arm was mildly sore, I didn't feel nauseous and I had no fever. Seems like too much of a coincidence that I got those shots and got sick. But it didn't last. So I am grateful for that. On to another day!

At 10:00 AM, my wife, Deb, and I headed to New Jersey to visit our daughter and her fianc. Deb drove her car the whole way. We didn't see any rain until about an our from our destination. It rained for the rest of the day on into the night.

In Ogunquit, the wind increased out of the northeast and blew hard all night. I don't know exactly how hard. It started raining late as well, raining through the night. Air temperatures were in the 40s. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 50F with a low of 38F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 45F (with a low of 23F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 47F (with a low of 27F).

Saturday, November 10, 2018

In New Jersey, the rain had ended before midnight. At dawn the roads and leaves were wet.

In Ogunquit at dawn, it was still blowing out of the northeast at high wind speeds. It was raining as well. Eventually, it stopped raining and the sun came out. That probably didn't happen until after noon. This was followed by strong winds from the northwest. The northwest winds blew hard all night. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 50F with a low of 37F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 47F (with a low of 33F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 46F (with a low of 36F).

Sunday, November 11, 2018

In Ogunquit, it was sunny from the start of the day until the end. I heard that the air temperature was 33F in the morning. The wind blew out of west or west northwest at twenty to twenty-five knots with higher gusts. The visibility was excellent. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 46F with a low of 35F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 41F (with a low of 28F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 41F (with a low of 26F).

We drove back from New Jersey starting around 10:00 AM. We got back at 3:30 PM.

I spent an hour unpacking. Afterward, I headed down to the Cove to put the dock leaves back in place, run the fresh water in the Original Barnacle Billy's (we are on summer water there and I didn't want lines to freeze), ran the dock water and checked both restaurants. The guys charged for parking while I was gone so I had to sort out the money bag. I was done by 6:00 PM.

Monday, November 12, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 28F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the northwest ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky remained clear all day. There was very little wind. The wind direction was west northwest for most of the morning, hauling out of the west and, then, west southwest by noon. The afternoon saw southwest winds along the coast. There was never more than ten knots of wind in Perkins Cove all day. The air temperature ranged up to the mid 40s. I never saw the thermometer except at 4:00 PM when I noticed it was 43F. The visibility was excellent. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 50F with a low of 33F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 48F (with a low of 18F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 47F (with a low of 21F).

My morning was consumed with personal family issues trending in the northerly direction. Certainly a project in progress and good faith that things will turn out better.

Besides that, I was on the phone a lot working between the Bunny Clark and the two restaurants. We are in full swing getting the boats and restaurants cleaned up for the winter.

After lunch, I gathered everyone together to help my son, Micah, take the tuna tower off the Petrel. The tide is a factor as the Petrel has to be pulled up along side the bulkhead near the bait wharf. Then everything in unbolted and the tower is lifted over the bulkhead, tipped parallel to the road with the top of the tower resting on the tailgate of the truck. Once that was accomplished, I drove and the rest supported the tower as we made our way to the upper parking lot at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. where she will reside for the winter. It was a relief to have that completed.

After that, Tim Virgin, an excellent harpoon tuna fisherman in his own right, with Liferaft Services, York, Maine, came down. I had called Dan Greer, the owner, earlier that day. Ian Keniston and Micah brought both boats to the bait wharf so they could use the hoist to take both rafts off and put them temporarily in the back of Ian's truck until Tim showed up. I was helping on the Petrel (they had already taken the Bunny Clark's liferaft off) when Tim showed up. I went home to complete more desk work before going back down to the Cove to make sure both restaurants were secure and the Bunny Clark was okay.

That was generally my day. I was done by 6:00 PM. In fact, I was finished.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 43F, the sky was overcast, it was pouring rain, the wind was blowing out of the south at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was fair to poor in haze, fog and precipitation. The rain had started around 2:30 AM. Light at first, it became steady by 3:00 AM. The rain was continuous throughout the morning, even harder after noon. But variable in consistency later in the afternoon. By 3:30 PM, the rain was, pretty much, over. The sky became partly cloudy by 4:30 PM when the rain was done. The air temperature got up as high as 51F during the early afternoon. The visibility remained fair for most of the day, good after 4:00 PM. The wind blew hard out of the south all morning and into the afternoon. Wind gusts just shy of thirty knots were recorded. Mostly the wind blew up to twenty-five knots. The wind hauled out of the north by 2:00 PM and was still northerly at 4:00 PM but hauled more northwest after that. Northwest wind speeds gusted up to thirty knots or more at 5:00 to 6:00 PM. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 54F with a low of 42F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 40F (with a low of 33F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 51F (with a low of 35F).

We did no work on the Bunny Clark today. The weather prevented much that we had planned so we gave up entirely for the day.

I had much to do with Barnacle Billy's, however. The individual who is most responsible for our Point of Sale (POS) computer system at Barnacle Billy's showed up at 9:30 AM. I was there to fill out forms and go over the software upgrade we are doing to our system. This meeting was more for logistics on how the new system was going to be run, possible future incorporation with the other restaurant and the integrated wifi system. It's a significant upgrade.

At the same time Fred Fournier, our best plumber, was draining Barnacle Billy's, original, for the winter. I had to go over the location of another hand washing station, new plumbing for the lobster cooker tank, draining the water lines to the dock and the future replacing of the grease trap system next door at Barnacle Billy's, Etc.

During all this and for the rest of the day, I was on the phone trying to set up launching dates, hull inspection dates, boat hauling dates and scheduling in general for the next two weeks. There were many more other little things that were completed and finalized for the next two weeks. Thanksgiving is in the way as it normally is. We seem to always trip over Thanksgiving before getting everything done. Plus, the colder weather is upon us, making things that much harder to complete.

I had some time between 3:30 PM and a meeting scheduled at 4:30 PM. So I ran home, changed into my running gear, grabbed Gill (our dog) and completed a 2.5 mile run on Ogunquit Beach. It was cold enough so that I could run in very light clothing, be warm enough and, yet, keep the perspiration index down around zero with just a slightly slower pace than planned. It worked out well with a nine minute pace. Gill loved it and hung with me on the leash almost all the way to the turning point. He would have gone further but he loves to smell around just before the first house on Moody Beach. And what owner wants to deny his dog a good smell? It is the beach, after all. And there are all kinds of good things that wash up after a storm. Today it was surf clams (skimmers, hen clams) everywhere. Below is a shot of the dog in tow and leading the charge back to the start of the run.


On the run up to the first house, Gill stays on the leash, most of the way. Sometimes reluctantly. I let him off leash, run alone to the first house while also keeping a lookout behind me so I don't lose track of the dog. Then I turn around as Gill is sniffing around. He treats me like a sheep on the way back, lying in ambush, waiting for me to "cross the line". When I do cross that line he comes sprinting down to me. I acknowledge him and he sprints back and forth, very happy to be heading back. After a while he slows down to a jog, staying just ahead of me at my pace, all the way back - unless there is something more interesting that drops him behind me for a while. Usually, we finish together. Sometimes I have to turn around again, run back and clip the leash back on. We walked together back to the truck. Gill is usually covered in sand. Today was no different.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 29F, the sky was mostly clear, the wind was blowing out of the west at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean seemed excellent. It was a cold day today. And it was windy. I never did see the air temperature get much higher than 34F, although it was late in the afternoon when I checked the thermometer. There was ice on the roads that stayed there as ice all day. The sky was mostly clear with plenty of sun. The wind was blowing out of the west northwest at daylight. Wind speeds averaged thirty knots sustained with gusts to forty knots ashore. After noon, the wind hauled out of the northwest and blew as hard or even harder. After noon, the average wind speed was probably more like thirty-two knots. The ocean was feather white with white caps en-masse moving out to sea. I'm glad I wasn't on the fishing grounds today. The visibility was excellent well above the ocean. By 6:00 PM the air temperature had dropped to 24F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 42F with a low of 25F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 32F (with a low of 16F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 36F (with a low of 18F).

I was on the phone most of the morning. A good part of this was coordinating the hauling of the Bunny Clark, the impending U. S. Coast Guard hull inspection after haul out and the transport from haul out, over the road to the Bunny Clark's winter home. The rest of the day concerned meetings, restaurant office decisions and preparing the Bunny Clark for the below freezing temperatures ahead. I also had to prep the two trucks. It was one of those days where you work all day but, afterward, it seems like you have nothing to show for it. I called it quits at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 17F, the sky was mostly clear, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at twelve knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. By 6:00 AM, the air temperature had risen to 18F. And the slow climb to the freezing mark was painful. And it just made it as I saw a high today of 32F in Perkins Cove. But it wasn't as bad as it could have been because there was no wind. Yesterday seemed colder with the wind. The ocean along the shore was calm all day. The sky was clear for most of the morning. But during the later part of the morning, the clouds crept in. By early afternoon, the sky was overcast. The visibility was excellent. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 38F with a low of 23F). Interesting to note that the high temperature in Boston today was 33F until well into the night, when the air temperature rose with the approaching coastal storm. Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 28F (with a low of 16F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 31F (with a low of 15F). The low temperature reading of 15F is the lowest temperature recorded on this date for Portland within the last eighty years.

Today was a long mental challenge from 4:00 AM until 4:00 PM. I was on my phone, in meetings, organizing and little else for the whole day. I got a break from the action when Mark LaRocca sent me a video of being on his commercial boat out off Long Island before the impending storm. It made me wish I was right there with him instead of being on the phone debating business issues. My only break from the office was a check on the Bunny Clark and a session at the Bank. During the last of the day I worked up here in the office trying to get caught up. Not much to write about today.

Captain Ian Keniston and Micah continued working on dismantling the Bunny Clark even if I couldn't enjoy being with them helping. I would have liked to have changed the gear oil today. But I guess that will have to wait for another future date.

I received an on-line donation from Jeff & Sarah Ashworth (MA) sponsoring me in this years Pan-Mass Challenge, a cycling event to raise money to fight cancer with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (the Jimmy Fund) in Boston, Massachusetts today. The gift was $25.00 and completed through the PMC site. Thank you so much. I certainly appreciate you thinking of me right out of the blue. All the best and hope to see you around before Christmas!

Friday, November 16, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 36F, the sky was overcast, it was raining lightly, there was about two inches of slushy snow on the ground (melting), the wind was blowing out of the east at thirty knots sustained with gusts to forty knots and the visibility over the ocean was poor in rain/snow, mist and spray. At 3:00 AM, we had two inches of snow. It started to rain after that melting some of it away. At 7:00 AM, the air temperature was dropping, heading to the freezing mark. By 10:00 AM it was 29F and probably had been at that air temperature for a while. It started snowing at 9:00 AM. But this only gave us a dusting. By noon, the rain/snow had stopped for the day. We had some clearing but the sky was mostly overcast. The seas along the shore were huge in the morning, the closest weather buoy showing almost eighteen feet every eleven seconds. That is one of the quickest times I have seen seas rise so high so quickly. Amazing, really. Seas didn't subside to ten feet until around 7:00 PM. The wind hauled out of the north at 10:00 AM, Northwest around 3:00 PM and then westerly at 7:00 PM. Wind speeds dropped to an average of twenty to thirty knots, less than that after 5:00 PM. The visibility was very good by sunset. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 46F with a low of 35F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 35F (with a low of 22F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 35F (with a low of 27F).

The day was spent running around, making plans for the Bunny Clark's hauling and transport, paying bills and end of the year stuff. There is much end-of-year stuff to do until December 1, when I should have a clear view of the work order (winter projects list) for both the Bunny Clark and both restaurants.

I got your phone message this morning, Jack. I've heard others as well had the same experience concerning the pneumonia shot. Thanks for the information.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 33F, the sky was partly overcast, the ground was frozen, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at light speeds and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The air temperature warmed more quickly than I expected. By 9:00 AM, the air temperature was 37F. By 2:00 PM, it was 45F. The sky, although partially overcast, was mostly clear after 10:00 AM. The wind blew up to fifteen knots or more out of the west. After noon, the wind dropped by half in velocity. There was very little wind in the late afternoon. The visibility remained excellent. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high air temperature was 50F with a low of 37F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 45F (with a low of 22F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 46F (with a low of 30F).

I spent the morning, until 9:00 AM, involved in desk work at both the restaurant and on Bunny Clark stuff at home.

At 9:15 AM, I jumped on my cross bike and rode to South Berwick where I met Tom McCullom and company who were taking canned goods for the South Berwick Community Food Pantry. He usually organizes a cycling event at this time every year. I usually bring money. This year Barnacle Billy's donated a larger sum in support. Today's ride was canceled because of the weather. But they still had cookies at 10:00 AM at the normal meeting place. So I was able to bring up the check and get a forty mile ride in by myself afterwards. It's a wonderful group of individuals doing nice things for those less fortunate.

After a shower, I continued on working at 2:00 PM. For some reason I was wound up after the ride and got much more done than I had expected. I was finished by 6:30 PM.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 29F, the sky was mostly clear with a bright planet Venus over the eastern horizon, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. There must have been some cloud cover over night as the air temperature was 34F just an hour earlier. More later.

I am presently looking for a deck hand for the 2019 fishing season. If anyone is interested in the position, you can give us a call at 207-646-2214.









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