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Bunny Clark Fishing Update

Written & Edited by Tim Tower

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30 AM EST



Mid January Weather

The digital image above is a shot I took from my iPhone on January 15, 2018 at 7:30 AM. The scene is shows Oarweed Cove on the ocean side of the Perkins Cove parking lot. At the time I took this, the air temperature was 7F, the wind was out of the northeast at ten knots or more and the sun was hidden from the cloud cover to the right shown in this digital image. The sky was completely clear to the north and northwest after being overcast most of the early morning hours before sunrise.




New Years Day, Monday, January 1, 2018

At 7:00 AM EST the air temperature was -6F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west northwest at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was poor in sea smoke but excellent over land. The sea smoke was as thick and as high off the water as I can ever remember seeing it this morning. But air temperatures seemed to warm more quickly today - probably because they were so low to begin with. The wind blew out of the west northwest at fifteen knots (more or less) for most of the day, stronger to twenty-five knots after sunset. The sky was the clearest bluest sky we have seen for a week. There were very few clouds in the sky today. The air temperature got up as high as 10F, that I saw. The visibility, by mid afternoon, was excellent over the ocean. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 10F (with a low of -17F). The low of -17 in Portland breaks the eighty year history record low temperature for this date. The previous record low was -12 set in 1964 & tied with 1957. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 13F (with a low of 0F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 7F (with a low of -11F).

I stayed up a little too late on Sunday night. In fact, I was still awake getting ready for bed when the clock struck midnight. As a result, I didn't get up that early either. It must have been at least 7:00 AM when I rolled out of bed. So I was already three or four hours behind the eight ball when I got up. So I went through the normal morning procedures which took me until 9:00 AM. I spent the morning working on this web site. I had lunch at 1:00 PM. At 2:00 PM or a little later, Micah and I went down and extricated the skiff out of the ice behind the Barnacle Billy's float. The float has usually been moved to a mooring in the Cove by this time of year. I don't usually get involved. But I can tell you that this won't happen next winter - if I'm still alive! I went back home and watched the Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers. And that was the end of my day. I did answer quite a few emails and texts today.

My sister, Meg, was the first one to donate to this years cancer fund raising cycling event called the Pan-Mass Challenge today. I haven't even designed this years, my, PMC site yet! Her donation was an extremely generous $2,000.00. I try to tell her to hold back a little bit but she feels very strongly about the cause. Thank you, Meg. Very much over the top but very much appreciated. So starts off the New Year! This will be my twelfth season attending the event. In that time, with Meg's donation, I will have moved a grand total of $286,603.77 to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. I know if I had more time that figure would have been bigger. But such is a working life.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 1F, the sky was clear, there was a full moon high in the western sky illuminating the white snowy landscape as if it were daylight, the wind was blowing out of the west northwest at twenty knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent from the house looking at Boon Island but I suspect poor looking over the ocean at sea level. This morning showed another sea smoke filled horizon looking out to sea. The air temperature rose during the day but I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to it. I do remember seeing 13F. Whether that was the highest temperature in Ogunquit today remains a mystery. The wind remained out of the west northwest all morning with speeds of about twenty knots. The wind dropped in velocity after noon. By 4:30 PM, with the same wind direction, it was blowing about ten knots. The sky was clear all day. The visibility was excellent over the ocean by noon. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 12F (with a low of -16F - a degree from tying the record low for this day in 1968). Is there a problem with the thermometer in Portland? We didn't get close to that low temperature and we are less than thirty-five miles away as the sea gull flies! In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 19F (with a low of 4F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 13F (with a low of -19F - two degrees from tying the record low for this day in 1968).

I spent the whole day inside except for a check on the Cove at 7:00 AM and a very icy five mile run on Ogunquit Beach between 4 & 5 PM. I was on the phone for a lot of the morning. It was the first official day of business for many operations. And I had a long list of phone calls to make. Every other part of the day was focused on the Guestletter which I have more than half completed, I'm happy to say. It's a lot more fun to write when you do a little every day. So not too much to report. I did take a couple of pictures this morning. They appear below.



The shot above is a picture of Gill on the Barnacle Billy's dock at 7:00 AM. The air temperature was -1F and the open water of yesterday afternoon was now two inches of ice. You can see the ice breaker towards the bridge trying to get through it.



The picture above was taken shortly afterward at water level in Oarweed Cove on the other side of the parking lot in Perkins Cove. You can't see the sea smoke as well but you can see the ice over the sea weed on the rocks at sunrise.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was a much warmer 15F, the sky was mostly clear, there was a (mostly) full moon high over head, the wind was blowing out of the west northwest at ten to fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind hauled more out of the west at sunrise and continued to blow up to fifteen knots. That lasted until about 8:30 AM, when the wind velocity dropped. By 9:00 AM, there was no wind along the shore. At the wind remained light until about 3:30 PM, when I noticed a southwest wind starting to blow. At the time I noticed it the velocity was about fifteen knots. With the light wind and wind from the southwest, the air temperature rose to 26F. This air temperature felt like summer after all this cold weather we have been having. The sky was sunny and clear all day (except for a little cloudiness in the late afternoon). The visibility was excellent. The water in the Cove was crystal clear. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 26F (with a low of 7F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 29F (with a low of 16F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 26F (with a low of -9F).

I managed to work all day long without getting very much accomplished. I certainly did stay with the plan. I was supposed to have a doctor's appointment at 8:30 AM. So I went a little early so I could swim in the Portsmouth Pool. Everything seemed like I was right on schedule. That was until I got to the doctor's office and found that I was supposed to be in Exeter at that time! And, no, I didn't want to hang around in Exeter waiting for an opening. So I went home to meet with John Patten who does all garden, leaves, lawn and tree work at the restaurant. We had a tree that looked like it could fall on my mother's house. I wanted his opinion.

From there it was a lot of busy work. A lot of time was spent getting ready for the ten inches of snow we are supposed to get tomorrow. The Cove was another issue; cleaning up the streets and hoping to move the float to a mooring tomorrow morning. By the time 5:00 PM rolled around, I had not even started working on the Guestletter. I got a lot of work done. There was just no evidence to support that claim. I'll do better tomorrow.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 19F, the sky was overcast, there was no evidence of our "super moon", the wind was blowing out of the north at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. By sunrise, the wind was blowing out of the north northeast at twenty knots or more. The snow started falling at 8:00 AM. It continued for the rest of the day. By 10:00 AM, the wind had increased to thirty knots sustained out of the north. The wind increased again around noon. By 1:00 PM, the northerly wind was showing fifty knots in gusts. We had thirty-five to forty knots of wind for the rest of the daylight hours. By sunset, the wind had hauled out of the north northwest. By 8:00 PM, the wind was northwest at thirty to forty knots. The air temperature got up to 31F right near the end of the afternoon. The visibility, of course, was poor all day. In fact, it was tough driving. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 30F (with a low of 4F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 30F (with a low of 22F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 25F (with a low of 0F).

I went for a run on the beach, alone, this morning before the snow started to fall. I knew that was the only time I was going to be able to get some exercise. It was starting to snow when I was almost finished.

Most of the day was spent working on the Guestletter. The focus was picking out digital images and putting them in the body of the text where I had completed a couple of drafts. The tricky part is getting the images placed just right so the legends show up in the appropriate place both on web sites and on iPhones and androids. I may have spent a total of six hours on this. I have completed over half the text so I had plenty of work to day.

From time to time today, I would go out and survey the scene, making sure all was okay in my world. At noon, I met my sister, Meg, and Mike Remkiewicz down at the Cove. Mike helped me get the Barnacle Billy's dock leaves out before they floated away in the tide. The tide was a probably three or more feet above normal. But there was no surge (the wind hadn't been blowing hard long enough to create a significant sea). The Cove water ended up getting about a foot from the dining room floor of Barnacle Billy's (original) before receding. Close but no cigar.

For one of the only times that I can remember, the adjacent towns, both northeast and south, experienced significant flooding while we remained pretty much unscathed. Kennebunkport and Wells particularly. Arundel Wharf took a big hit as well as Hurricanes, both very good restaurants in Kennebunkport. The roads along coastal Wells were severely flooded. I don't wish that on anyone.

I ended the night with everything set up to be down at the Cove before the next high tide at 1:00 AM tomorrow.

Friday, January 5, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 16F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the west northwest at thirty knots (more or less) and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. I had to get up at midnight so I could go down an check the restaurants for tide problems. Even thought the wind direction had changed and the tide was on the short side (as compared to the high tide at noon), the flood coastal flood warnings were still up. Better to be safe than sorry. Right? At that time, the sky was clear with a large moon well up in the eastern horizon, the air temperature was 22F, we had about ten inches of snow on the ground and the wind was howling out of the northwest at thirty to thirty-five knots. If nothing else, it gave me a chance to shovel the truck out completely.

When I got back to bed, I couldn't sleep so I read for an hour, getting up at 5:00 AM, well later than I wanted. The wind continued to blow out of the west northwest with a sustained thirty to thirty-five knots and gusts to forty knots, occasionally. The sky was mostly sunny all day with some occasional cloudy conditions. The visibility was excellent. Looking at snow totals, we might have gotten a foot of snow. It was hard to tell with the snow drifting. The air temperature never rose higher than it was a 5:00 AM. Indeed, it was 15F at 7:00 AM and then seemed to hang at 13F for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon. By 4:00 PM, it had dropped to 10F. It was 5F when I got home at 5:00 PM. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 24F (with a low of 0F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 24F (with a low of 6F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 20F (with a low of -2F).

As soon as I had some breakfast, I was out shoveling around the restaurants, opening us the street drains and making sure the girls had access to Barnacle Billy's, Etc. My sister, Cathy, and Sarah Yorke are in the office in the morning on Fridays. I wanted to make sure they didn't have to shovel snow to get in to work.

I had a meeting with our accountants in Wakefield, Masschusetts at 11:00 AM. So I was on the road by 9:30 AM to do that. That meeting went on for two hours. I was going to have lunch there but I had too many other things to get done before the day ended. From Wakefield I drove to Chelsea, Massachusetts to Chelsea Clock to drop off an Admirals Clock. We had had that mantle clock repaired last year after years of service. It stopped working in October. It was one of my father's favorite clocks in Barnacle Billy's, Etc. I had been trying to get an opportunity to drive down there. Having to drive to Masschusetts anyway, I figured that this was as good a time as any.

I got home at 3:00 PM. For the rest of the day I finished shoveling around the restaurants and the house. I was done by 5:30 PM.



The view from the upper deck at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. at 4:30 PM, after shoveling this area for an hour.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 0F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the west northwest at twenty-five to thirty knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent if you were twenty feet over the surface. The sea smoke was thick right close to the ocean's surface. The salient feature of the weather today was the strong wind and the cold temperatures. The air temperature never got above 6F in Ogunquit today. And I was watching the thermometer like a hawk. The wind blew out of the northwest after sunrise. Wind speeds were thirty knots sustained with higher gusts. This wind blew on into the night. The sky was sunny with some clouds all day. The visibility was excellent well over the top of the ocean's surface. Near the ocean's surface we had sea smoke all day. This is the third time this winter that we have seen sea smoke all day long. It's been many years since we have had a day in the winter where you had sea smoke on the ocean all day. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 4F (with a low of -5F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 12F (with a low of 1F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 6F (with a low of -5F).

I started editing this page but was interrupted when the APC battery backup unit on this computer started beeping at me. The battery was bad or the unit was bad. It was all I could do to get through this report, post the update and shut the whole system down. This meant a trip to Portsmouth. But it was my day to run. So I ran four miles on the beach alone in the wind and 0F temperatures. I had to wear a face mask. I kept the pace down so I wouldn't breath too hard in the process. I couldn't take Gill because the ice and cold on the beach is too hard on the dog's paws. He doesn't like it. Although, I can tell you, he didn't like being left behind. He knows the clothes I wear when I get ready to go running. It gets him excited, thinking that he will be going to the beach. I hate that look I get from him when I leave him at the door!

When I got back from running I got ready to go to Portsmouth. There was a list of office supplies we needed, I had to change out the APC unit (turned out the unit itself was bad) and I wanted to get a new pair of running shoes. All my old shoes are breaking down and giving me blisters. I was back after 1:00 PM.

It took me until 2:30 PM to clean up around the computer, straighten the wiring out a bit and install the new APC backup battery until. From that time on I worked on the Guestletter. It's a long process, writing this Guestletter. I worked until 5:30 PM.

And, yes, I did watch the Bruins give the Carolina Hurricanes an awful drubbing. I left the game after the second period when the score was Hurricanes 1, Bruins 7! I had to get up at 11:00 PM to see that they won the game but not a single goal was scored after I stopped watching. I love Patrice Bergeron! He sure did shine (as did the rest of the team) on this outing.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was -6F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at twenty knots and the visibility over the ocean was poor over the ocean in sea smoke that was reaching high in the sky. The air temperature seemed to climb more quickly today. Maybe this was because it was so low to begin with. By 10:00 AM, the air temperature was 7F. After that I didn't pay much attention to the air temperature. I did look at 3:30 PM for a reading of 13F. It was 15F at 8:00 PM! The wind blew out of the northwest at fifteen to twenty knots until daylight. Then it started to die. By mid morning, there was very little wind and the ocean was calm along the shore. The wind died altogether before noon. There was no wind until about 3:30 PM, when the wind hauled out of the southwest. The southwest wind was blowing at twenty knots by 6:00 PM. The southwest wind continued on into the night. The sky was clear all morning and into the afternoon. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 14F (with a low of -12F - frankly, I don't believe it got that low. Why was it warmer everywhere around Portland except at the Jetport closest to the water where it should be warmer due to the influence of the ocean?). The low of -12 in Portland breaks the eighty year history record low temperature for this date. The previous record low was -10 set in 1941 during World War II. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 17F (with a low of -2F). The low of -2 in Boston ties the old record low of -2 for this date last set in 1896! Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 16F (with a low of -7F). The record low in Concord for this date is -24 set in 1878.

I worked at the desk at home until 7:00 AM and then drove to Portsmouth Indoor Pool and swam for an hour. I was working at the desk by 10:00 AM. From then until 5:00 PM I worked on the Guestletter, answered emails and worked on the plan for tomorrow.

Monday, January 8, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 16F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at twenty knots at every weather buoy location and ten knots at the house. The visibility over the ocean was very good and there was just a patina of snow on the ground. The rising air temperature and the strong southwest wind were the salient features of the weather today. I'm not sure if the air temperature ever reached the freezing mark because I was too busy to pay attention to it. But I did see 31F at some time during the early afternoon. The southwest wind increased during the morning. By afternoon, the sustained wind speed was about twenty-five knots. There was an hour where it was thirty knots with higher gusts, near sunset. After sunset, the wind did back off. The visibility was good in haze created by the wind and the warmer water temperature. The sky was overcast all day. At one point, we had a misting of very fine snow that you could feel on your face but didn't collect on the ground. It lasted but a few minutes and never happened again. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 30F (with a low of 11F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 35F (with a low of 17F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 32F (with a low of 14F).

I spent the early part of the morning rushing around, trying to finish editing this entry, getting a 4 mile run in on the beach and getting a good solid hour of work on the Guestletter before 9:00 AM. I was expecting a delivery of four tons of wood pellets. I was right on time, starting on the Guestletter at 7:30 AM, after getting my run in with Gill on Ogunquit Beach. [Gill is getting faster.] But the pellets didn't arrive until at least 9:40 AM. So I got a good two hours in on the Guestletter but I didn't have enough time to get all the pellets put away before the manager's meeting that I had scheduled for 1:00 PM. In fact, I wasn't able to get lunch either. So I made a sandwich to take to the meeting.

The managers meeting was held at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. And I wouldn't mention it but I have been so lax on editing the Barnacle Billy's site that a lot of people have moved over to reading this site to find out about Barnacle Billy's news - thank you Rich & Donna, one example. At this meeting we go over all our employees to start deciding on the crew we are going to have during the upcoming season. There were quite a few J1 visa students who won't be coming back, American students moving to vocational positions but many who will, hopefully, be with us again this season. But this is what this session is about: picking the individuals who we would like to see back with us, as a collective nod from our managers, and sending them letters of invitation. So I went over each name.

This is also an annual meeting of sorts where managers air their grievances or present new ideas. I was petitioned today about changing the dress code slightly. Shorts and skirts for bussers was discussed. Beards for the wait staff at Barnacle Billy's, Etc was another. These I did approve to the surprise of most. And the reason I did was that we need to attract more employees. I don't mind beards, for example. But I will not allow the half way stuff just to get out of shaving. So a beard or clean shaven. And the beards have to be neat. However, this doesn't mean that we will have beards in the kitchen where it is a health concern serving food. Anyway, one example.

We also talked about tipping, jimmies for ice cream, ice cream in general, Richardson's, signage throughout the restaurant, the general public using the parking lot as a vehicle turning spot, new appliances, both parking lots, pricing and everything else we could think of. So there will be a few changes in the restaurants.

I got back home at 3:00 PM, had a proper lunch and finished stowing the 40 pound bags of pellets. I was done by 5:30 PM.





I took the pictures above at Ogunquit Beach. The digital images show our border collie, Gill, on the sea water ice that has formed at the high tide mark on Ogunquit Beach. With the warming trend, this will disappear. I took the shots because this is the largest "ice dam" I have seen in many years on the beach. Seeing Gill gives one the perspective one needs to see how high and how long this thing is. And it's size prevented the tide from going as high on the beach as it normally does at high tide, giving us a nice wide walkway (run way) of flat sand above it.

I received a generous, timely $100.00 donation from Dave & Madeline Gray (VT) sponsoring me in this years upcoming Pan-Mass Challenge, a ride that generates money to fund the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Dave & Madeline have supported me in the endeavor since I started riding in this event in 2007. Dave is my longest attending angler, forty years, fishing with me since I started the Mary E six passenger deep sea fishing business in the late '70s. Thank you very much, Dave & Madeline. I so appreciate the help on this!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 29F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the west at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The wind continued to blow out of the west for most of the morning. At times, the wind was from the west northwest, particularly in the afternoon. We had some gusts up to twenty knots. Nothing more than that. The sky cleared. It was mostly sunny all day. The air temperature finally labored out of the below freezing temperatures we have had for so long. The highest air temperature that I saw was 40F. It felt like summer! The visibility was excellent all day with not a hint of sea smoke. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 39F (with a low of 20F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 43F (with a low of 31F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 38F (with a low of 24F).

Today turned out to be the busiest day in the last week. Most of it was office related. I spent the whole day trying to find some time to work on the Guestletter but never getting a chance to do so. I spent two hours at Ocean Graphics going over the new PMC t-shirt for 2018, the new tackle breakers shirt for 2018, the new "Largest Fish of the Trip" sticker, two new signs pointing out the entrance to Barnacle Billy's and three newly designed signs telling patrons that they can't eat food at Barnacle Billy's for other establishments! When I got home at 1:00 PM, I ate lunch and dove into catching up on emails and chasing down one unpaid bill, figuring out who we are going to have for a baker next season and working on the Chamber of Commerce listing.

By 5:30 PM I was finished and more tired than if I had added a fifty mile bike ride. Something about extra mental activity makes me, seemingly, more tired than anything else. I think the most tired that I ever was, and the best sleep I ever had, was after a full day long session of SAT's, my senior year in high school. The only other time I might have slept better (or harder) was on a sail boat delivery when I stayed up for forty-eight hours trying to keep the boat afloat through a hurricane while heading to Bermuda. When the wind had backed off to thirty-five knots, and I was finally able to lie down, the crew thought I was dead as no one could wake me up. Nor was I aware that anyone was trying to wake me up!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 22F (it was 25F at 2:45 AM), the sky was clear, the wind was light from the west and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky stayed clear all day. There was no wind all morning. Not a breath of wind. The ocean along the shore was flat glassy calm until 1:00 PM. After that, the wind started to blow out of the southwest. At 3:00 PM, the southwest wind was about ten knots or more. After sunset, the wind was a sustained fifteen knots out of the southwest. The visibility went from excellent to very good in some minor haze. The highest air temperature that I saw was 37F. The lowest air temperature I saw today was 18F at 7:00 AM. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 34F (with a low of 10F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 36F (with a low of 25F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 37F (with a low of 12F).

I was mired in desk work today. I spent two hours working with a cultural exchange program for J1 students. The restaurant had to be properly vetted before we could get exchange students cleared to come work for us. So I had to watch a video, go for a phone interview and send in all the proper documents.

I worked on the Guestletter to bring it further to completion. I have definitely created a monster here.

I went to my mother's house to give instructions to the person who was taking a pine tree down that was in danger of falling on her house. I use this guy to clear the trees in the parking lot across from Barnacle Billy's, Etc. So I wanted to check his progress and make sure I could have him look at the lot again when he had the opportunity.

The rest of the day was spent on a lot of odd jobs with employee challenges in the restaurant, bills, planning, liquor licensing and solving potential problems.

It was a beautiful day today but I never got to enjoy it. I didn't even have enough time to go for a run on the beach with the dog.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 37F, the sky was mostly clear with a crescent moon over the eastern horizon, the wind was out of the southwest at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was very good. The sky lost it's clarity after dawn. High cirrus clouds became more abundant. The sky became totally overcast by 1:00 PM. The air temperature kept warming up. By 2:00 PM, the air temperature had risen to 50F. There was a serious amount of melting going on. Mild air temperatures carried on into the night. Southwest winds kept up along the shore. Mid morning we had wind speeds of twenty knots with higher gusts. The wind backed off a bit after sunset. We had eighteen knots, at the most, when I went to bed at 8:00 PM. The visibility was good to very good in some haze. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 47F (with a low of 32F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 51F (with a low of 33F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 52F (with a low of 31F).

Most of the morning was spent working on this web site, the update (here) and the Guestletter. From 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM I worked at the office in Barnacle Billy's, Etc. At 10:15 AM, I had a meeting with Dan Roche from Chamberworks. I want him to re-design the Barnacle Billy's web page. I want an easier site to manage so updates become quicker and it's more user friendly. I spent another hour until 2:00 PM working on financial stuff. After lunch I worked on the Guestletter for an hour. Then I switched over to redesigning my 2018 Pan-Mass Challenge site. I was done by 5:30 PM.

Friday, January 12, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 40F, the sky was clear with a crescent moon hanging lower over the eastern horizon, there was no wind here at the house and the visibility over the ocean was very good. When dawn broke, we had fog in the low lying valleys and some on the ocean. Most of the day had fog inland and on the ocean. This no doubt caused by the warmer air temperature and all the cold snow around. The air temperature warmed during the day but I never did look at the thermometer until 6:00 PM! At that time the air temperature was 47F and it was raining. By sunrise the sky had become overcast. The sky remained overcast for the rest of the day. We had rain sprinkles that came and went after middle part of the afternoon. It started to rain after sunset and continued, sometimes hard, on into the night. By sunrise, the wind was out of the south at fifteen knots or better. This wind increased slowly as the day progressed. But, late afternoon, it had jumped to twenty-five knots. It was all of that after sunset with higher gusts. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 49F (with a low of 39F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 60F (with a low of 39F). The air temperature of 60F in Boston was only a degree off the record high temperature for this date. Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 57F (with a low of 38F).

I stayed home for most of the day working on my web site, working on the Guestletter, renewing licensing and other business related items. After lunch I had a meeting at the office at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. with our baker. She is leaving Barnacle Billy's during the middle of the summer. So we were working out a plan and I was reviewing our options. This is a job in process. For the rest of the afternoon I worked at the office in the Cove for another hour and then back in the office at home. That was my day. It wasn't very exciting.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 49F, the sky was overcast, it was raining, the wind was blowing out of the south at twenty-five knots and the visibility over the ocean was fair in precipitation and haze. It rained for most of the morning, heavy at times, periodic in the later part. By noon, the rain was pretty much done, except for one minor sprinkle. The sky cleared at 1:00 PM over Ogunquit, overcast over Wells for at least two more hours. Strange. The warmest air temperature that I saw was at 5:00 AM. At 10:00 AM, most of the major rain had stopped but the wind came on strong. The wind switched from southerly at twenty-five to thirty knots to northwest at thirty to thirty-five knots for fifteen minutes. The northwest wind settled in at twenty-five knots and the air temperature started dropping. By noon, the air temperature was 39F. It had dropped to freezing by later afternoon. And it was 22F a little after sunset. The visibility was excellent over the ocean before sunset. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 50F (with a low of 16F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 61F (with a low of 19F). The air temperature of 60F in Boston was only a degree off the record high temperature for this date. Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 57F (with a low of 12F).

I spent my day working, mostly, on computers. That included the internet, my web site, the Guestletter and my computer, physically. At 7:30 AM, we had our annual pre season roundup. At this meeting we talk about pricing, the schedule, what to expect and specific dates for specific trips. We set up the whole year and design the whole Bunny Clark fishing season. One new thing we did decide was starting reservations at 5:00 AM on February 1 instead of midnight on that day. After the meeting I went back to work on the computer and ended the day there. I did go for a run where I pulled something in my calf muscle (I've been icing it ever since). And I did watch some of the Philly game over a late lunch. I didn't watch the Pats game. Too late for me. And I would have been very surprised if they had lost that game anyway.

So I updated the schedule and rates links on the home page. You can now click on the links and find the full schedule for the extreme day trips and marathons. We didn't change our prices at all.

I have also had word that the models and last years recreational catch data is out. With this I might have a good idea early as to the upcoming regulations. Regardless, the regulations will stay exactly the way they are from April 15, 2018 to May 1, 2018. In other words, we won't be able to keep cod and there will be a twelve fish haddock bag limit with a seventeen inch minimum size. May 1st starts the beginning of the fiscal fishing year. The changes, if there are any, will happen at that time. I say this and yet we didn't see the regulation change until the end of July last year! I'll know much more after the Recreational Advisory Panel meeting on January 24.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 12F, the sky was clear, the wind was light from the northwest and the visibility over the ocean was very good with less sea smoke than I would have expected. At 1:00 AM, this morning the air temperature was 20F. By 3:00 AM, the air temperature had dropped to 15F. The lowest air temperature today was probably 11F, seen at 6:00 AM. The air temperature rebounded but not by much. The highest air temperature that I saw was only 20F. I'm sure it could have been warmer. The sky was very clear all day. The visibility was excellent all day. There was not very much wind today which made the air temperature feel much warmer than it actually was. The ocean along the shore was fairly flat with northwest ripples on the surface. The strongest wind today was about ten knots. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 20F (with a low of 9F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 23F (with a low of 14F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 20F (with a low of 3F).

Except for picking up supplies at Home Depot, working on a vacuum cleaner and swimming two miles in Portsmouth Pool, I spent the whole day working on the computer. I spent a fair amount of time bringing a second computer up to speed for working on my web site. And, of course, I worked on the Guestletter and this fishing update page. Occasionally, I did take a peek at the Pittsburgh/Jacksonville game. I could not believe that the Steelers blew it like they did. Jacksonville did well but the Steelers sure helped them win the game. After dinner I watched the second half of the Minnesota/New Orleans game. What a story book ending that was!

Monday, January 15, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 8F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the north northeast at fifteen knots plus (more over the ocean) and the visibility over the ocean could not be determined from the house. As expected, the visibility in the dark was mired by sea smoke coming off the ocean. The air temperature dropped to 7F before rebounding to 20F around 2:00 PM. The sky cleared in the morning and remained mostly sunny for the rest of the day. The wind hauled out of the north during the late morning and continued out of the north for the rest of the day. Wind speeds ranged from fifteen to twenty-five knots at times. The visibility became excellent after noon. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 17F (with a low of 3F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 21F (with a low of 12F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 20F (with a low of -1F).

Except for scheduling a couple of meetings, answering emails, checking on orders and a brief meeting at Barnacle Billy's, I spent the whole day working on my web page. The majority of the day was spent trying to finish up the Guestletter. With any luck, I should have the first draft done tomorrow.

Today I learned that John "J.D." Daley passed away yesterday of an apparent heart attack in Canterbury, New Hampshire. He grew up in Littleton, New Hampshire. Maybe he was visiting family. I first met J.D. when he was captaining the Sonny W. The Sonny W. was a very successful party fishing boat out of Kennebunkport, Maine. Being a contemporary of mine, we talked on the radio quite frequently. He later turned to captain the Indian II, out of Portland, Maine. In those days, much of my fishing on the Bunny Clark was in the area of Tanta's Ledge. I would always see J.D. and the Indian II when I fished up that way. At the time, Ian Keniston was working for him as a deck hand. We continued to be friends. Later, I enticed him to run the Bunny Clark. He captained the Bunny Clark during the 1997 and the 1998 fishing seasons. He was always a good one for finding big cod. And it was a fun competition between the two of us. In 1999, he started to run tugboats. Sometime after that he became a teacher in the Kennebunk system. When I talked to him last year he told me that he had been teaching in China when he wasn't a teacher here. His daughter, MingGe, was adopted by he and his wife, Danelle, there. They had a son, Jack, well before that, after he had worked for me. He was always such a kind person. And always a lot of fun. That's what most people liked about him. I liked him because we thought so much alike. And because he was an intelligent caring person. Working with Ian over the years, has made me think of J.D. more than I think of most fishermen. Things he invented, sayings we remember and his uniqueness will always be remembered by me. He was 53 years old. It's very hard for me to believe he is gone. And I certainly feel sorry for myself, his family and everyone else who knew him. For to know him and know he is gone will always leave a hollow place in the heart that is distinctly J.D. I will really miss that guy.

Going through some of my former Fishing Update print-outs I came across the section below. I took a picture of this page with my iPhone. The image is self explanatory.



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

At 4:00 AM EST the air temperature was 18F, the sky was clear, the wind was blowing out of the north at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was very good. The sky was clear most of the morning, clouding over in the afternoon. The sky was overcast going into the night. The air temperature climbed slowing during the morning and stabilized at 30F for a high during the early afternoon. There was very little wind all day. The ocean along the shore was calm - all the active lobster boats were out fishing. The visibility was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 27F (with a low of 14F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 33F (with a low of 20F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 30F (with a low of 13F).

I caught up on this update early this morning. Drove to Portsmouth to swim a couple of miles in the Portsmouth Pool. From there I headed to Canvasworks to pick up some repaired side curtains for the Bunny Clark. The rest of the day I spent in front of the computer finishing up the Guestletter. The first draft was done by 5:00 PM. That was my day.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

At 4:00 AM EST the air temperature was 29F, the sky was overcast, it was snowing lightly, we had about a half inch of the white stuff on the ground, the wind was blowing very lightly out of the northeast and the visibility over the ocean was fair in falling snow. The snow fell all day and just kept accumulating. By 5:00 PM, we had about seven inches, maybe more. The wind stayed out of the north. But it didn't blow very hard. Maybe fifteen knots tops. So we didn't have much drifting snow. The air temperature got up as high as 30F. It could have been higher but I didn't see it. The visibility was just fair in the falling snow. The snow stopped for a while after 7:00 PM. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 29F (with a low of 25F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 34F (with a low of 31F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 30F (with a low of 25F).

Except for a fire inspection from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the restaurants, I stayed at the house and worked on the computer. The fire inspection is an annual thing and necessary to hold different town licenses of operation (liquor license, entertainment license, etc.). We passed with flying colors.

When the snowing looked like it was just about done, did an hour and a half of shoveling around the restaurants.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 21F, the sky was clear, we had an extra inch of snow on the ground, the wind was out of the west northwest at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 30F (with a low of 13F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 32F (with a low of 21F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 28F (with a low of 8F).

Friday, January 19, 2018

The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 32F (with a low of 11F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 34F (with a low of 23F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 31F (with a low of 8F).

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 47F (with a low of 29F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 47F (with a low of 29F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 47F (with a low of 25F).

Sunday, January 21, 2018

At 6:00 AM EST the air temperature was 34F, the sky was mostly clear, the wind was blowing out of the west southwest at less than ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was good to very good in some haze. The visibility remained good to very good all day. It never got warm enough to produce fog. We had very little wind all day. The most wind was in the morning until 9:00 AM. And that was no more than ten knots. What wind we did have blew out of the west or southwest until noon. From noon until after sunset the ocean was flat calm along the shore. It was flat like a dining room table. The air temperature gave us above normal air temperatures for the second day in a row. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 43F (with a low of 28F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 49F (with a low of 34F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 47F (with a low of 23F).

The only work I did today was getting all the personal things out of the way so I could put a lot of time in working during the week. Some of the time was spent watching the Patriots/Jaguars game. It was an early game that I knew I could watch from beginning until end. And I thought, with the defense of the Jaguars, that it might be my last Patriots game of the season. Someone pinch me to make sure I'm not dreaming!

Last Thursday Deb and I flew down to New Jersey to see our daughter, Halley, on her twenty-fifth birthday. Hard to believe it was that long ago. She was born on the coldest day of the winter that year.

While there we took in a Devils/Capitals game (Thursday night), visited 1 World Trade Center and went through the 9/11 Museum and then looked at housing between breakfast and dinner stops. It was a wonderful time. We made the mistake of flying down which took us twice as long as it would have had we taken a bus or the train. We were delayed in Logan for three hours. Going back we were delayed in Newark for an hour and almost missed the bus for the ride back to Portsmouth. It was a very good time overall.

Monday, January 22, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 33F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at ten knots (the wind velocity was higher over the open ocean), you could hear the bell buoy from an open window and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. Shortly after 5:00 AM, it started to rain. Rain and drizzle was the scene for most of the morning. After noon, we started to see snow flurries. Periodic snow flurries were the rule for the rest of the day. Although the air temperature hung above the freezing mark during the morning, after noon the air temperature hung just below. Every time I looked at the thermometer, the air temperature was hanging at 29F. The wind blew hard starting at dawn. At that time, the wind was blowing out of the east northeast at twenty-five knots. The wind remained at that strength (more or less) for the rest of the day and on into the night. After noon, the wind hauled directly out of the northeast and that's where it stayed for the rest of the day. The visibility over the ocean was fair. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 35F (with a low of 21F). In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 39F (with a low of 34F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 34F (with a low of 26F).

Today was a mixture of emails, web site work, setting up future deadlines and book work. A large part of the day was spent building the Bunny Clark reservation book.

I let the painters in to Barnacle Billy's, Etc. at 7:30 AM to complete a project we had planned some time ago. At the same time I stayed there working in the office on Barnacle Billy's restaurant stuff and planning for a meeting with the bank at 2:00 PM. I also started building the reservation book at that time. The girls showed up in the office at that time. So I worked with them on a couple of things. I went home after noon to get something to eat and get ready for the meeting at the bank. The bank meeting lasted about a half hour. From there I went back to the office at Barnacle Billy's, said goodbye to the painters around 5:00 PM and worked on the reservation book until 7:00 PM. That was a brief summary of my day.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

At 5:00 AM EST the air temperature was 24F, the sky was overcast, everything was a glaze of ice about a quarter of an ice thick, it was nearly impossible to walk in the driveway, the wind was light out of the north and I could not tell how much visibility we had over the ocean. Ashore, the visibility was very good. More later.

At this time, I am looking for a deck hand on the Bunny Clark for next season. It's what I call my "Swing Hand" position, a job requirement as a deck hand for four days a week, or six trips. Requirements for the position included a pre-employment drug test, enrollment in a random drug testing pool, a current CPR/AED/First Aid certificate, the capability of handling a rolling vessel on the ocean and a love of catering to people of all types and abilities. We have other requirements but those will be taught or self-taught before you take the position. If you are interested, you can call 207-646-2214.









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