So yesterday this Homie was on the roof of Toby Burnham’s lobster boat The Jupiter II with a striper plug with it’s treble hooks stuck in its leg and abdomen. it was stuck hobbling around and in obvious pain.
Toby was inside the cabin oblivious to the condition of the seagull and when he popped his head out the seagull flew off the roof of the boat and onto the roof of our dock here at Captain Joe and Sons.
Toby grabbed a piece of herring and lured the injured seagull back down off the roof of the dock and just as the seagull got within striking range he snatched it by the tail and held it by it’s neck.
Then grabbing a pair of metal cutters he snipped the treble hooks to remove them from the feet and abdomen without tearing the belly out of the seagull.
Moments later he was on the deck eating a piece of fish scraps Toby fed him.
A job well done just a week after his 50th birthday.
Nice work Toby!
Nice work Toby!
Toby is one of the funniest, nicest guys you’d ever want to meet. Salt of the earth lobsterman. We’re lucky to get to deal with him every day- always entertaining!
Click pic below to watch the video-
Toby is a good egg. He walks to his own beat but is a super nice guy. For some interesting posts featuring Toby (and they’re all interesting if they feature him) click this text.
Toby has lots of bait ready to go. The trail of seagulls that chase the boat down the harbor is wild.
Interview with Toby Burnham, Lobsterman at 8PM.
We’re gonna play matchmaker. Surely there is some wonderful woman out there looking for a hard working lobsterman, no?
Fish racks make excellent lobster bait. When the tides are running the racks hold in the bait bags much longer so the lobsterman knows his gear is still fishing when other types of bait may have washed out of the trap.
Salmon Racks Aboard The Jupiter II
I took this picture juxtaposed against a bunch of regular lobsters so you could see just how different they are. Toby Burnham on the Jupiter II caught this marbled lobster a couple years ago and landed it at our dock.
To see the ocean oddity slide show which I added some more blue shaded lobster, and quadruple clawed claws to you can click this text
Peter Prypot has a wonderful article today in the Gloucester Daily Times about another one that was caught by John Symonds of Essex. You can read the article by clicking this text
Here you can see just how wild they look when placed next to a normally colored lobster-
Toby Burnham, skipper of the Jupiter II brought in these “Ghosties” they are actually pieces of the cartilage of a skate wing that are unaltered but look just like characters from Casper The Friendly Ghost.
Toby loves rotten fish. Not just regular fish, but he just loves rotten fish. The more rotten, the better.
Come down the dock Saturday Morning at 10:00AM to see incredible life sized black and white photos as part of Mark Teiwes’ seARTS Waterfront Portrait show. Toby’s portrait is probably my favorite one along with Joe Grillo’s.
it would be nice to see some of my GMG friends come down and say hey!
Toby Burnham says they could be little alien cocoons, LOL!