Dumping Night in Digby: LFA 35 fishermen enjoy warm and calm start to lobster season

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on October 16, 2015

DIGBY – Fishermen enjoyed calm seas and warm temperatures for the first night of lobster fishing off Digby.

Fishermen were allowed to leave the Digby wharf at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 14 and, thanks to a light southerly breeze of 25 kilometres an hour, the temperature remained steady around 15ºC most of the night.

The long line of lights stretching from the wharf to the Digby Gut had many on the wharf wondering if there weren’t more boats than usual fishing out of Digby this year.

Exact numbers of boats leaving the Digby wharf that night aren’t available, but wharfinger Ed Chisholm says they do have more boats tied up here.

Last spring he says there were approximately 96 or 97 boats at the Digby wharf and right now there are about 100. The average number of boats at the Digby wharf is around 70 but always spikes during lobster season.

Chisholm says more than a dozen boats have come up from the Pubnico area. He says several have come from the Parker’s Cove area because of the deep water at the Digby wharf which allows them to get in and out even at low tide.

He says the scallop boats are also fishing local waters keeping those boat numbers high.

He is expecting a few more boats to come over from New Brunswick when LFA 36 opens up in mid-November.

The plan then is to begin tying boats up on the easterly side of the wharf, now that it is sheltered by the breakwater.

The wharf gate is currently closed from 9 a.m. until midnight – Chisholm says the buyers are typically loading lobster at night and appreciate having the wharf clear so they can do their work.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

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<p>A long line of lobster fishing boats head out from the Digby wharf shortly after midnight on Oct. 14.</p>

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<p>Lobster boats loaded with traps, balloons and ropes wait for midnight to leave the Digby wharf Oct. 13.</p>

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<p>Glen Oliver and Rex Halliday on the Randi &amp; Brianne set traps in the Annapolis Basin about 1 a.m. Oct. 14.</p>

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<p>The crew of the Randi &amp; Brianne empty the deck of traps on Oct. 14, the first day of fishing.</p>

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<p>Glen Oliver keeps a close eye on the ropes as each preceding trap pulls the next one off the stern.</p>

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<p>Rex Halliday swings the next trap into position as one rockets off the stern of the Randi &amp; Brianne.</p>

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<p>Jeremy Comeau ties a buoy onto the rope for the next trap.</p>

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<p>With the lights of Digby behind them, the crew of the Randi &amp; Brianne put 300 traps into the water on dumping day.</p>

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<p>Glen Oliver and Rex Halliday prepare the next trawl as they steam up into location.</p>

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<p>Rex Halliday watches carefully as a trap is yanked off the stern by the weight of the trap before it.</p>

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<p>Glen Oliver stands ready at the stern with a trap for dumping.</p>

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<p>Ralph Cummings, captain of the Randi &amp; Brianne, watches from the wheelhouse as the crew sets the last few traps.</p>

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<p>Rex Halliday and Glen Oliver take a breather between traps.</p>

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<p>With most of the traps in the water, it’s time for a joke or two before the next set.</p>

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<p>The crew of the Randi &amp; Brianne load up with another 140 traps for the second trip.</p>

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<p>Four extra men came out at 2 a.m. to pass down the 140 traps for the second trip.</p>

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<p>A long line of lobster fishing boats head out from the Digby wharf shortly after midnight on Oct. 14.</p>

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