Haddock and Pollock and Redfish, Oh My!

Saturday was EPIC.

(If you want to skip all this and just see an amazing montage music video, click here…)

I’d never been ocean fishing before.

Well, I say never. Last time I went ocean fishing I looked like this…

Casting Carter's first boat trip at 9 months old
Carter’s first time on a boat – 9 months old.  5/2008

Then, I found out Tim Moore was filming an episode on the ocean – and I was going to be his SPECIAL GUEST!!! That meant waking up at 3:30 am and driving to Kittery, ME where we would join Captain Larry and Cameraman Chuck to go on our adventure – search for haddock, pollock and redfish, oh my!! They predicted it to be cool, windy and rainy, but I was ready.

Casting Carter on the way to the ocean
Bright eyed and bushy tailed at 3:30 in the morning!

The rain held off (yippee!) and we saw the sunrise over Portsmouth Harbor. We even saw a whale and seals where there are normally not whales!

whale video
Tim Moore’s video of whales in Portsmouth Harbor by 2KR buoy.

Finally we made it to Captain Larry from Hardcore Angler’s secret fishing spot. Did you know that these fish live DEEP!? Like 200 feet below the surface of the water?! WOW! Larry brought us a boatload of haddock, some pollock, redfish and some amazing cod…unfortunately, you can’t keep cod anymore. 😦

Haddock must be 17 inches to keep. We were catching them well over 17″!

So what did we use for bait? Mackerel and large sea clams! The hooks also had feathers on them to attract the fish.

Mackerel and sea clam bait
Mackerel and sea clam bait
Hook with a clam bait
Hook with a clam bait
Hook with mackerel bait
Hook with mackerel bait

Pollock were fun to catch too – but they were smaller and darker on top.

Casting Carter with a small pollock
Casting Carter with a small pollock

The reels we used were like big baitcasters. You had to keep your thumb on the spool or they would birdsnest. Oh, and you don’t cast. You just let the line drop to the bottom.

One time I had a very hard time reeling in my fish and you know why??? I had TWO haddock on AT THE SAME TIME!!! How lucky was that?!

Casting Carter with a double catch of haddock!
Casting Carter with a double catch of haddock!

Redfish were funny – they had eyes that bugged out and they live about 250 feet down (so do the other fish) but redfish don’t like the surface and few survive if we catch them and throw them back. They become seagull food I think.

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Finally, I ended up catching the boat’s “Catch of the Day” – a 26 inch beautiful cod. She came up with a shrimp and a starfish in her mouth! We had to let her go…

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We filmed more for Tim’s TV show, Tim Moore Outdoors TV, and wrapped up our day.

Casting Carter and Tim Moore
Casting Carter and Tim Moore

I can’t wait to see the episode! We’ve been eating yummy haddock for the last couple of days thanks to Tim’s filleting skills on the boat.

Tim filleted all of our haddock
Tim filleted all of our haddock

I want to thank Tim, Chuck and Captain Larry for a day I will never forget. Now I am also “hooked” on ocean fishing…hmm…to split my time between the sea and the lake…

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If you want to live this adventure, I highly recommend contacting Captain Larry at Hardcore Anglers. He was amazing. He can be reached via his website or his Facebook page and tell him Casting Carter sent you! He will supply everything you need to enjoy a day on the water – rods and reels, bait, safety equipment. You should plan to bring your own drinks, snacks and lunch. And plenty of muscle power!

Tim, Captain Larry and Casting Carter
Tim, Captain Larry and Casting Carter

And for other great adventures, please be sure to follow my good friend Tim Moore Outdoors. He will be doing a TV show all about our fun time on the water – stay tuned!

Here’s a video montage of the day. See how much FUN we had?!?!

 

Casting Carter, signing off.

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