Category Archives: Fishermen Profiles

Lye a New Friend

I ran into Lye on the breakwater, he was fishing and enjoying a day off from work. We exchanged our immigration stories of why we came to the USA. His was far more dramatic than my own. I also found that as a Vietnamese Interpreter, I found that his English was far better than my Vietnamese.  Lye a naturalized US citizen, like myself, passes on the benefits to his children, for his hard work.  We cherish our heritage, but Love America. 



Wicked Tuna – Capt. Bill Muniz of the FV Lilly


IMG_3970I Met Capt. Bill Muniz at St Peter’s dock, he was sharing stories with his 80 year old friend of many years. Capt. Muniz the only true Gloucesterite on the Wicked Tuna show. Now, he has the Gloucester Smile that belongs in Hollywood.










Cousin Joe Marcantonio Hosted Tommy & Peter from the Isle of Mauritius After The Boston International Seafood Show

Tommy & Peter from the Isle of Mauritius came to Sister Felicias after Joe invited them.  Joe works for Stavis Seafoods as a director of buying and they source a good amount of fish from The Isle Of Mauratius.


Where is The Isle Of Mauratius You Ask?

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I’m pretty sure they ate pretty good at Felicia’s Smile

Bluefin Blowout is back!- Awesome Video From Barry Hallet!!!

Dear Joe,
When I was a kid, it was an amazing sight watching tuna taken out of the boat at the Sport Dock. Then, someone would climb the ladder and call out the weight from the scale. It had to have been a rush for the spectators at the 2014 Blowout season watching 4 fish weigh in.
I love that the Bluefin Blowout has revitalized the spirit of sport fishing in town. It is reminiscent of the days of Tournaments held over 40 years ago at the Cape Ann Tuna Club in East Gloucester.
If people are curious as to what a full day at this event was like, they may enjoy this tasty tidbit.
Get ready for the fourth annual, less than 5 months away.

Maritime Gloucester Looking For Help From Local Lobstermen

Hi Joey,

Hope all is well. We are currently looking for lobstermen to assist us with stocking our touch tanks and other aquariums this spring and summer. We would be highly interested in having anyone you know assist with the collection of local marine species for live display in our Aquarium. Any unusual lobsters, skates, or other creatures would be much appreciated starting in May. We will happily take care of transporting sea creatures from your facility to Harbor Loop. If you have any interest in helping out Maritime Gloucester in this way, please let me know.

Thanks you!
Curtis Sarkin
Marine Science Educator
Internship Coordinator
Maritime Gloucester

Hot Ticket Lobsterman Shawn Pizzo

A lobsterman’s work is never done ~ 

Shawn Pizzo Gloucester Lobsterman Hot Ticket Boat ©Kim Smith 2014I couldn’t resist the title of the post–the name of Shawn’s boat is the “Hot Ticket.” Many thanks to Shawn for granting permission to photograph and post photos on GMG.

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When The Moonies Came To Town

Adam Bolonsky writes-

I remember when the Unification Church (the Moonies) arrived Gloucester in the late 70’s and started bluefin fishing. It was a complex time, and thinking about it recently, I came across these reminiscences from Colleen Christian, a Moonie who moved to Gloucester to fish on one of the two dozen or so Gloucester bluefin boats the Moonies brought to the waterfont. Moonie crews fished with handlines for bluefin. Some crews were made up of only women. Anyhow, I got a kick out of the anecdote below, especially the part where a moonie from the Bronx teaches a Gloucester bluefin moonie crew how to respond to Moonies suck!

Colleen writes:

My first assignment in Gloucester was on a bluefin boat that went to the Northwest Corner, this huge bank, a rise in the ocean floor, where the water is about a hundred feet deep, ideal for bluefin tuna fishing. Soon after we we got there, there was a strike on one of the boats in there. When you hook a bluefin, first thing you do is, the first mate releases the anchor – attached to a big orange buoy ball – so that when you land your fish you can retrieve your anchor. In our fleet, it was permissible for any of our boats to come over and take the anchor of a Moonie boat that had just hooked up, the reasoning being, if one boat caught a tuna in that spot, another boat would, too.

So that’s what we did. Soon after we moved to the other boat’s mooring ball, I heard the snap of one of the clips holding our handlines. Our captain barked out orders to release the anchor and to pull in all the our other lines. 

It was pandemonium and utter confusion, and so another boat in our fleet motored over to help. This big German guy jumped on board with us to us. He and I pulled in the extra lines and our captain took the fighting line to the bow. After a half hour, I took the fighting line, and that’s how it went, back and forth, for over two hours. , and it went on, like that, for two hours, his turn, my turn. 

The fish we landed weighed 550 lbs. When we got it within a few feet of our boat, I gaffed it, and we inserted one line through its gills, another around its tail, and we tied it off alongside low enough in the water to keep cool for the trip home.

The big thing to do in was moon us. People in Gloucester knew us and knew our cars, and they would drive by us and pull their pants down and show us their butts. They’d yell, 

“Moonies suck! Moonies suck!”

But there was a brother in our church who was kind of a bad dude before he joined the church. He was from the Bronx, and he knew how to answer Moonies suck. He said,

“When they yell Moonies suck, you yell, Your mother sucks! Your sister sucks!

So we did. They yelled Moonies suck at us. And we yelled back, Your mother sucks!! And they yelled, My mother sucks?! You suck! and from there it would escalate.

woman moonie bluefin

Photo: Nancy Breyfogel, Susan Fox, Jane Rees and Lois Ramunnihad stand with a Moonie bluefin they landed in Gloucester in the early 1980’s. “Like anyone else,” Lois said, “I wanted to try it because it sounded exciting. It was something new.”

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