I just got back from Prince Edward Island last night and all I can say is....WOW
I had heard good reports from friends about PEI, but I really had no idea what I was in for. Heck...Mike Campbell from Lowrance and I didn't really know many of the details of this trip besides that we were fishing with Scott Bruce of Bruce's Tuna Charters and that we needed to get our butts over there.
We put all of our trust in our friend Tommy Zombetaglou, who is the Northeastern US Simrad rep, to put this all together and my gawd did he come thru
Campbell and I took the redeye out of Seattle last Tuesday, which consisted of flights from Seattle to Vancouver, Vancouver to Toronto, and finally Toronto to Charlottetown, PEI. When we landed in Charlottetown a nice lady that worked for the tourism board was kind enough to show us on a map where we were fishing. "North Lake...it's right over here on the east end of Prince Edward Island," she says. Mike and I looked at each other like...O.K....check that detail off the list
Since Tommy Z and Ginsburg weren't coming in until 6:00 p.m. we stashed our bags and headed into town to do the tourist thang for a while. It didn't take us long to find a tank full of lobsters. We checked on bringing some home and it would have been easier to just buy them here, so we opted out. While on PEI we ate tons of lobster though
They are starting to raise halibut on the island too
Mike and I hit three different restaurants in Charlottetown in search of some of the locally famous seafood and every place we went we found something tastey. Crab dip, mussels, clams, mussels, more mussels, and even more mussels.
We finally ended up at the Merchantman Pub and Restaurant, which had a small selection of local brews and some killer grub. After a couple of local brews and a taste test of their pub rum we decided to head back to the airport. Ten pounds heavier but no worse for wear!
When we left I was struck with HORROR
I got Nellie'd
The boys from New Joy-zee finally landed and we drove in the rental car the 45 minutes from Charlottetown to a small town called Souris to check into the Rollo Bay Inn. It was a slightly dated hotel with nice clean rooms and not too expensive. Perfect for fisherman
Before we hit the hay for the night we ran into town for some chow at the Sheltor Harbour. The local mussels would become a nightly snack for us...good stuff
The next morning we grabbed some brekky at the Blue Fin Diner and then drove another 20 minutes over to North Lake and met up with Scott Bruce and his dad Walter. Walter has been a blue fin tuna fisherman and lobsterman for 51 years...nuf sed
They both own 45 foot lobster boats that are ALL deck. Not to worry though, there's also inside seating to get out of the rain, as well as a stand up head. These are killer work boats and provide an ultra stable platform for tuna charters. Both of these guys are nothing short of awesome. They are as professional as they come, courteous, and awfully darned good fisherman
PLUS...both boats were well stocked with food. Can you say LOBSTER SANDWICHES
North Lake is a small harbor with a narrow entrance out to the open water. We would soon find out just how close the tuna are to the harbor entrance
A look at the North Lake harbor entrance
Scott ran about 300 hundred yards before we stopped to pick up some live mackeral. It didn't take long to load up on mack's and off we went to the tuna grounds.
Ten minutes later we stopped on the "tuna grounds". The sounder started beeping immediately and Campbell and I looked at each other like...."Really?"
One minute later we had two huge tuna snacking on baits at the side of the boat and a few minutes after that Scott tossed a mackerel over the side with a 10/0 Mustad circle hook in it and WHAMMO!
Are you fricking kidding me?!!!!!!
Campbell was up first and we all got to see just how strong these fish are. The main line was like a banjo string for crying out loud
30 minutes later Mike peeled off his jacket to cool off and watched as all the line he just picked up evaporated off the spool again. It would be the first of many dog fights we would experience with giant blue fin tuna on Prince Edward Island
To Be Continued.....