I’d say once a month someone calls the dock looking for an old used wood lobster trap they can put a piece of glass on and turn into a decorative coffee table. The answer for as long as I can remember has been “The fishermen haven’t used wooden traps forever.”
Now with this load of wooden lobster traps it’s the first one I‘ve seen in a whole long time.
Bringing it back “Old School” at Captain Joe and Sons Lobster
74.8 pounds. That should be a pleasure to handle all day :)
Leave a comment on this post if you need any and I can let you know how to get them. They cost around $80 for a new trap and the ones they are selling are all ready to go for $25. You just need lines and buoys.
Capt. Mark Ring Loads Up the new Traps.
Mr Happypants isn’t having such a good day.
Two Truck and Trailer Loads From Here-
210 Traps At Once #Kablammie!
Off To Set Traps…
Fun On The Dock.
You know how repetitive the work we do down here is. Without a creative outlet I’d probably lose my mind.
The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.
On Wednesday, Skipper James Wood (on the forklift in the video) and his crew loaded and set up twenty brand new lobster traps aboard Still Kicking at the Intershell Seafood wharf on Commercial Street. Wood, who lobster fishes year round, was checking the latest weather forecasts before heading out to Jeffrey”s Ledge, a fishing ground that runs northeastward from Cape Ann.
Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013
Video © Marty Luster 2013
95 East Main Street, Captain Joe and Sons Lobster Co. Ask for Your Boy Joey
Mangles Mess of Lobster Traps near Magnolia Beach
I figure this jumble looks like about 3 traps. John thinks it’s 9. So we settled on 6 and based on that we counted 36 mangled traps on a small stretch of rocky Magnolia coastline today (see map here).
Joey, maybe you and some of your suppliers can estimate the number of lobster traps in this mangled mess more accurately and we’ll adjust our count accordingly.
Anyone else wanna take a shot at guessing?
Michael Oppelt sends in these photos-
Let’s hope the lobsters are led to these traps in much the same way once lobster season gets under way and these traps hit the water.
From Jamie O’Hara-
I want to thank everyone who helped out in building the tree on both Friday and Saturday. Friday, well Friday was not a good weather day but as Gregg B. Smith said, it was like hauling the traps at sea. Today was sunny and blowing a gale. Thank you to the nice lady who brought us hot chocolate and donuts. They both hit the spot. A special thank you to Hiltz Disposal and Lonny for their help. We could not have completed the tree today with out the “roll off”. Lonny was great helping out. The Captains who donated the use of their traps, Thank you. Happy Birthday Ed C. David and Daniel, great job. I would go into any project with you guys. Jeff W, well Jeff is the leader and this 10 years of experience is visible in the construction of the tree. Thank you to the Building Center for the use of their truck as well as the donation of top secret materials. For the people of Rockland, thank you for the “battle”, it is much fun. We wish Rockland a very Merry Christmas.
This guy was finding his breakfast in the lobster pots on East Main St. I guess he wasn’t thrilled at me snapping his picture. —Sharon
Here is Peter Mondello offloading some newly built lobster traps.
Peter is the exception and not the rule as he builds all his traps himself. Most guys buy their lobster traps from a trap builder like Winchester Fishing Gear, Friendship Trap Company or Eaton Traps.
Peter and his brother Joe use a shop under their father’s cobblers shop across from Saint Ann’s Church to build new traps and repair broken ones.
Doc Herrick heads out with a boatload of lobster gear to set. The local lobster season is in full swing.