June 10, 2017
Checked the bridge before heading out to drown more traps and the herring were thick.
Fresh bait is good. Free bait is best.
First check produced a few bugs. Wicked hard shell.
Gonnah need a hammah!
Gotta be all of three pounds.
I call him Sledge because I’m going to need a sledge hammer to get the meat out.
About a pound per trap yesterday. The bugs are starting to crawl.
Shawn came with me today. 20 traps, 3 keepers. Not so good. Wicked red crabs this year. I think they are eating my fish bait before it can make a scent trail. I’m using commercial cow hide bait for the reason that when the fish bait is gone the cow bait still fishes 24/7. But it lacks the calling power.
Father’s Day with Shawn at our camp on the east side of a sleepy western Maine mountain. We did landscaping and enjoyed a lobster lunch in memory of my dad.
Since the crabs have been devouring my herring I wanted to do a mid week check. 20 traps, 11 keepers now in the car. Will check this weekend and then have a family boil.
I can get used to that.
Eel traps were empty. No bait. I need horseshoe crabs bad. Have a couple dozen eels in the five gallon bucket converted to a keeper car hanging off the dock. Time to start the Bass portion of summer.
Spent a gorgeous sunny afternoon OTW with my better half checking lobster pots today. A negative 1.4′ tide delayed our start. There are a few places in the river even at a normal low tide that are very shallow.