Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Finally… a bluebird day when I could head to sea without worry about getting swamped.

First task: see if I could recover the trap that has been stuck since the initial drop. The second round of heavy surf re-sculpted the ocean bottom just enough and I was able to lift the trap out of the rocks and sand.

Next task: try to catch some fish for bait. Early success there too: a nice bluefish.

Alas, it was the only fish catch of the day. Normally I would get two trap baits out of one fish, but I stretched this bluefish to three.

And that left the only remaining desperate measure option – canned catfood, as suggested by reader Fisher in the last post on this subject. Great tip, hopefully.

I did collect two lobsters, both with the shell virus, plus the first v-notched lobster I have encountered. These specially marked female lobsters must be returned to the water, to assist in the recovery of the lobster fishery. I was happy to release her!

UPDATE: To answer Peter’s question about the v-notch, see flyer below:

16 thoughts on “Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

  1. I love the photos of the bow of the boat and the can of cat food in the net! The latter made me laugh out loud. And I’m craving smoked bluefish now! That catch is a beauty!

  2. Okay, don’t laugh at me, but don’t you have to OPEN the can of cat food? I see you put slits in it. How does that work? The only bluefish I have comes from Mount Kisco Seafood. What a gorgeous morning.

  3. If I put the cat in the trap, I’m afraid it would eat my lobsters and leave me a pile of shells! (We do not have a cat.) I am curious to find out if the cat food tip works. I punched 4 small holes in each side of the can; if I opened it up, the food would break apart and disappear right away.

  4. What’s a v-notch lobster and how do they get that way?

    Good catch sir! How will you cook/serve the blue?

    1. Peter: as for the recipe, Mr. EOS is the fish chef of the house. He puts a thin layer of Miracle Whip (never mayo) on the filet and sprinkes it with paprika. On the grill until done. Serve with corn on the cob (hopefully fresh from the garden) and voila, free eats.

      Coincidentally, we are good friends with another Peter, one from Buffalo. He’s a gourmet cook and fabulous fisherman. His delicious recipe for bluefish is:

      Combine eye-ball amounts of mayo, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and curry powder. (optional, add tarragon). Coat fish with mixture then grill skin side down with lid down on grill for 8-10 minutes.

  5. wow, i had no idea what avid fisherpeople you were … the lobster looks beautiful (at least the tail) … happy you released her, too!

  6. I missed the other post about this subject. What’s the cat food supposed to do? Make the fish purr? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Well have to see if the cat food brings results. Lobsters. Mr. EOS had never heard of the technique but he was out of fish head for bait and someone recommended cat food. Hey, why not, right?

      While I have you here Mags, reader Betty asked you a question about your pleurisy diagnosis in my post called My Sentiments Exactly. Can I trouble you to respond. It was an interesting question. Thanks.

  7. Someone recommended smelly cheese as bait, we tried it, but no luck! Maybe lobsters don’t like cheese.

  8. I remember reading that some old-timers once used kerosene soaked rags as bait. I’m not about to resurrect that tactic, for many reasons. But interesting to note that the fuel oil spill off the RI coast in 1996 caused a massive die-off of lobsters, perhaps because the crustaceans were attracted by the oil, which then overwhelmed them.

    In recent years, I have averaged about half a lobster per trap per outing – that would be around 2 lobsters a week. If I catch just one lobster – even a short – in either of the two traps currently baited with canned cat food, I will call the experiment a success. What that would say about my ability to catch fish is another matter!

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