….or got’da git me quota, b’y.
My recent visit to Newfoundland happened to overlap with the twice annual “food fishery”. I was keen to give it a try though I have never had a lot of luck with cod jigging. Years ago, it used to be that any time you went out for a day on the water and wanted to have a scoff, you could just drop your jigger overboard and catch a fish to stew up with a bit of brewis on a campfire. Now the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery is heavily regulated. You can about the heads and tails of the tails of it in a brief history of the cod fishery on Wiki.
Up to this point in my stay the weather had been pretty foul but we awoke on day one of the fishery to find the wind favourable though it was forecast to blow later. Pete and I decided to go.
You couldn’t have asked for a prettier morning. We tucked in behind a headland out of the wind and let the boat drift while we dropped our hooks over the side.
It wasn’t long before Pete had his first codfish.
The rule is 5 fish per person aboard the boat with a boat total of fifteen per day. We went out four days and on all but one day got our quota. We seemed to have extraordinary fish karma. Others were fishing away when we arrived, we got our catch and left, and left the others still trying to get their five fish each. Can’t put it down to skill – how much skill is involved in throwing a jigger over the side and tugging away on it till something bites. The only skill came in getting the danged hook out of its mouth. Any kind of fish you caught counted towards your quota no matter what the species. Thankfully we caught all cod but for 2 redfish.
This was my biggest catch.
Overall it was a lot of work and very tiring, especially if we went out in the evening because the fish had to be cleaned, filleted, and packaged after we got in. Lance took charge of filleting so I got off the hook, so to speak.
What a joy it was to have all the fish you could eat. We enjoyed
Some good by’s. I am going to have to try and find a way to work it into my schedule again next year.
© Judy Parsons 2015
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