October 8th, 2021
It was a busy week hauling and moving traps further offshore for the winter run. Red Eye came aboard early and stayed late most days. She always was rewarded with some fresh treats. Also on board this week was Luca. With Debbie on vacation at Captiva with our best friend Janet, I was left in charge of our pup. He did well all week even enduring rough seas on his first day. Mornings he made friends with all the competition happily hooping aboard their boats to say hi. Luca loves fish, eating fish scraps that I wouldn’t touch without my gloves on. Life is good for all on board the Intrepid…
September 25th, 2021
Another day lobstering south of Isles of Shoals and my friend Red Eye arrives at the first trawl of the day. Unlike the youngsters who showed up later, she is patient to wait for her food. Often a fresh treat doesn’t show up in a trap for many hauls. She’ll watch with a birds eye view thru the window looking for a fish caught in the incoming traps. Not tempted by the old bait we toss from the traps she will just observe the food fight amongst the younger gulls. They will eat almost anything and fight over it too. Her wait thru the day always pays off since we eventually catch something fresh to fill her belly before she heads home to the islands. Stormy today but will be returning to see her over the weekend.
September 9th, 2021
Sunday I took the Intrepid out for sea trials with her new engine. I was joined by Debbie and our granddaughter Charlotte along with puppy Luca. Everything went well and the Intrepid runs like a rabbit across the water.
Monday Will and I went back out to lobster fish. We caught a lot of large lobsters, but no sign of Red Eye. After over five weeks I was not surprised.
Tuesday was no different, more big lobsters and no Red Eye until mid-afternoon and to my joy she arrived while fishing where I first met her. I gave her some herring I had brought for her and she finished the day riding on her favorite spot at the bow.
Wednesday we went near Isle of Shoals to work and she landed on deck when we stopped to pull our first string. She enjoyed six fresh herring and a small redfish.
It is good to be back together, but we both are a little battle worn. Me being sore and bruised from the engine transfer and her missing a couple of tail feathers competing for food. Stormy today but headed back out Friday.
Four weeks ago the Intrepid suffered a complete engine failure. Will and I were heading in after lobstering and spending the day with Red Eye. We blew a cooling hose and overheated so quickly that the engine was ruined. A new engine has been assembled waiting to be installed. Unfortunately a key person for the work is positive for Covid and work has been at a standstill.
Every day drags slowly as Will, Red Eye and I wait to be fishing again.