Fishing gear at Milk Island. Milk Island’s a cormorant and blackback seagull nesting ground. Lots of of fishing gear washes up on its lengthy gravel bar running north towards Rockport. By August adult blackbacks start cannibalizing their young – grabbing fledglings by the neck and drowning them, dragging them ashore to pull them apart.
The lobster gear uses non-floating line, required to prevent whale entanglement and a source of large capital outlay for local lobstermen.
Shot with a home-made OliviaTech jib
and a cheap $10 wide-angle lens. The guy who presents the OliviaTech jib is sort of a goofball, but I like his presentation because it leaves no doubt about how to build the jib for about $40.
Adam Bolonsky submits-
Poll: the following story is true or false:
True: I was there and I saw it happen. We made frogs’ legs stew out of the frogs stuck in the mud
False: no way a 12-gauge shotgun could scare that many seagulls
Probably true: winters in Gloucester were a hell of a lot colder back then. Most winters kids from Magnolia iceskated to GHS by way of Normans Woe and the Blynman Canal
Reporting in the Gloucester Daily Times more than a few years back, none other than Joe Garland was accosted downtown by Ray Davis, deliveryman for the Railroad Avenue Market:
Ray jabbed a finger in my chest and asked why I didn’t mention the day Niles Pond disappeared.
“You mean the day back in the twenties when Jack Prentiss tried to drain it to under twenty acres so it wouldn’t qualify as a Great Pond and he could claim if for his private puddle?
“Naw,” said Davis. “This was way back, a terrible hard winter. Niles froze right deep. Came on so fast an awful crowd of gulls there got their feet froze in. Next morning one of the guys was tramping through that way, and thought mebbe he could save ‘em if he could scare ‘em off.
“So he went home and got his twelve-gauge shotgun and went back and fired both barrels up in the air. Them gulls all started flying at once, and they lifted the whole of Niles Pond right up off the bottom and flew away it over Brace Cove to the no’theast.”
Adam Bolonsky submits-
If you’re cleaning out your old Gloucester house or the one you grew up in..
Be sure to give the Cape Ann Museum a call.
When I cleaned out my dad’s basement in East Gloucester this summer, I
came across tons of Gloucester memorabilia from the 1960’s, 70’s and
..old programs from the Cape Ann Symphony when it used to play at the
…theater programs from the Gloucester Stage Company when it staged
its plays at the BlackburnTavern…
…GHS graduation programs…
…Gloucester postcards from the 1950’s…
…announcements from the Rockport Art Association containing min bios
of members from the 1940’s…
All sorts of stuff, valuable and not, ephemeral and permanent, that
captured eras of not-recent Gloucester history.
Anyhow, I stuffed all of the paper and books and Gloucester
knickknacks into a box, and the archivist from the museum came over to
pick through it. She took a lot for the museum archives, sent a deed
of gift later in the mail, and mentioned that she wished more
Gloucester residents would call the museum come time to clean out
their parent’s homes.
Contestants and judges left to right Janet, EJ, Joanne, Linda, Paul, Adam, Joey, Ed, Richard, with Gigi in the front
1st Place Winner Linda Sadja
Judges Adam and Joey
EJ Wins 2nd Place
Gigi Wins 3rd Place
Nick Avelis and Dahlia
Brian and Emilia
Emilia and Dahlia
Honorable Judges Paul M, Adam, Joey, Ed and Richard
Heather Atwood and The Open Door Food Pantry’s Jennifer Perry teamed up last week at Heather’s house to tape a segment on making baked snack chips even kids would eat.
Jennifer’s the Food Pantry’s nutrition development coordinator – her job, to teach Gloucester how to cook and prepare the fresh produce available at the Pantry’s numerous distribution sites throughout the city.
Hey kids, tell mom and dad, grammy and grampy, uncle and auntie: free lunch for Gloucester kids this summer at five Pantry locations:
As part of Project Bread’s Better Summer Meals initiative, menus include locally grown produce, whole wheat breads, and low-fat milk.
Jennifer Perry, The Open Door Food Pantry’s nutrition development coordinator.
Low in fat, high in nutrition, easy to make and tasty: sweet potato, white potato, zucchini, beet chips.
Joe Langhan and cameraman/DP Luis Goncalves, from Gallo Productions, set up for the two-camera shoot.
Heather and Jennifer gear up for the first segment: frozen pea bruschetta and radish topping.
Heather gets the wireless mic treatment from Luis: mic on the blouse, transmitter on the back of the apron.
Start with these ingredients. Slice. Add salt and pepper. Bake for anywhere between ten minutes and an hour. Zucchini needs a lower temp and more time.
Lots of anglers are catching 6" to 8" squid off the inside edge of the Eastern Point Breakwater with Sabiki rigs.
Anyone have a good spicy recipe for what to do with the fresh catch?
By the way, now that the Audubon Society runs the lot at the breakwater, don’t forget that it costs $5.00 to park there for the day!
As for access, tell the guard at the gate by Niles Beach that you’re headed for the breakwater. There’s a public right of way along the AEPR (Association of Eastern Point Residents) private speed-bumped roads.
As for Niles Pond, it’s a Great Pond open to public use.
Adam Bolonsky produces the Gloucester Reads Shakespeare project
Larueen reads from "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" at the Beauty Bar on Parker Street.
First in a series of locals reading for the Gloucester Reads Shakespeare project at goodmorninggloucester.com.
Adam Bolonsky writes-
A big thanks to Fisherman’s Outfitter who contributed 250-yards of bluefin tuna monofilament line to the upcoming aerial video project Ed Collard, Bill Whiting, the National Fish and Wildlife Service, the Thacher Island Organization and I are planning at Thacher Island this spring!
Watch GMG for the footage….
Here’s audio and video of the Coast Guard’s response to that hoax mayday call off Gloucester this summer.
Sector Boston had to issue a pan-pan, tying up personnel and channel 16.
Meanwhile a fully-crewed motorized lifeboat, one those brawny 47-footers docked at Solomon Landing, had to scour Cape Ann’s shoreline from Eastern Point to Milk and Thachers Islands.
Thachers Island, Rockport: the best overnight deal in town. You can camp there for $5.00 per night.
But sometimes the advection fog moves in here fast and thick.
Here’s a video shot of launching a sea kayak from the island as the fog crept in from the northeast.
Well, it was a good day yesterday for kayak fishing east of the south tower at Thachers Island west of Londoner reef and the big iron pole. Water temps were in the low 70’s, sun was out, few boats were on the water.
Schoolie bass were rounding up on the surface, indifferent to all baits and lures but stippling the water then thrashing did the midwater column when the kayaks spooked them.
As any angler will tell you, bleed blues. Be sure to rip out….err, remove their gills.
Photos by Mike Hirsch, commercial airline pilot who works about one day a week, still doesn’t know how to body surf, but sure loves visiting Cape Ann.
I see our boy Paul Morrison in the background!
Adam Bolonsky reports-
Sean Hurley, local artist at work in his studio at Beacon Marine Basin, just one of many artists’ beehives located throughout Gloucester, opens up his studio to Good Morning Gloucester.
Watch while Sean runs the first step in printing a large-sized copper plate etching: inking the etched copper plate.
The print Sean has created is far larger than 11″x17″.
And, attention, Gloucester and Rockport gallery owners! Sean has representation in New York, but none on Cape Ann!
National Fisherman, the commercial fishing industry magazine, recently opened up its historical archives of east and west coast commercial boats.
Here’s two. One shows the first of the Novi lobster boats built in Plymouth, Ma. at the tiny boatshop on Union Street. Novi boats have long been a commonplace on the Gloucester waterfront.
The seconds shows an impressive wreck on the shores of what I think is Ten Pound Island, at the entrance to the inner harbor.
The Coast Guard kept an air station at Ten Pound.
Sadly, the island’s a mess: thickets of poison ivy, crumbled walls and staghorn sumac that do a very good job of keeping vandals away from the lighthouse and foghorn.
If things go to plan, I’ll have published in the September issued of On The Water magazine a 2,500-word story on striper fishing inner and outer Gloucester Harbor during the fall run.
Can you put a call out to compadres you know, and via GMG, that I need high res. (at least 1megabyte) photos of large stripers bass taken from any type of boat?
Photos that include recognizable Gloucester landmarks would be great, but are not a necessity. Fish can’t look obviously dead: i.e. covered in blood, with their guts hanging out or anything graphic like that.
Photographer gets byline credit but no cash.
All I have is Pablo here-
So get to it photo snappers!
Here’s a quiz for all you locals out there in GMG land.
Can you read the navigation codes for the south lighthouse at Thachers Island off Rockport, the lighthouse at Eastern Point, and the light at the end of the Dogbar at the entrance to outer Gloucester Habor?
Here are the codes, taken from the images below:
1. Thacher’s Island south light: FL R 5s 166ft 17m
2. Eastern Point lighthouse: FL 5s 57ft 20M
3. Dogbar light and horn: Oc R 4s 45ft 6M
First reader to give the correct answers gets to accompany Joey "Baitmaker" Ciaramitaro on his next trip out of town to chop up yet another counterfeit lobster roll maker into tuna chum.
(By the way, you can download NOAA’s printable pdf navatigation chart of Rockport and Gloucester inshore waters for $2.75 at NOAA 13279)
Photos Video and Text- Adam Bolonsky
Larry Memhard’s dad owns Cape Pond Ice down the Fort. His mom is curator of the Cape Ann Museum. Here’s Larry in action at Good Harbor Beach.
The blurry stills come from a 2-minute video:
Good Harbor Beach Skimboarding.
Shot with a discontinued old school SD/VGA Flip video camera protected by a waterproof case.
Collaboration Between Adam Bolonsky, Joey Ciaramitaro and Sam Hartson
All taken from the video footage taken by our man Adam Bolonsky in the 4 part rough cut 2011 Saturday Greasy Pole video series-
Part II The Blessing Of The Feet
Part III The Arrival at The Pole
Part IV The Final Greasy Pole Round and Your Champ