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.
Repairing the nets wlll take a few days for the crew of F/V Capt Joe. The large parking lot at the State Fish Pier is an ideal area to spread out the nets, refasten them to the float line and make other repairs. When this work is complete, they will go out to fish for cod and other ground fish.
Video © Marty Luster 2013
Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013
You don’t get to shoot scenes like this in Hamilton, I can assure you.
See how he has no gloves on? That’s becase it’s impossible to mend the net and work with twine with clumsy gloves on. 20 degrees and blustery cold is not the type of conditions you want to be mending a net for hours on end in, but a fisherman’s work doesn’t stop for cold or wind. The show must go on and a tore up net catches no fish. These guys had been working for three days to repair this net in suck ass conditions, but there really is no other option if they areto get back out making money.
We talk about the damage that was done to the net and how it will be repaired.
Its Extremely Cold, The Wind Is Screaming, And You Can’t Wear Gloves. This Is A Tough Mans Job.
Are you home? Warm? Sipping a cup of nice hot coffee? These guys ain’t.
It was twenty degrees, the wind is screaming and these guys have been out here for three days repairing this tore up net. Video Part One at 9:00AM