New England is known for its lobster, so we decided to find out a little more about the lobster industry. Taking a lobster tour was one of the highlights of our summer!
My mom’s family is from Connecticut. I come from a long list of boat and fishermen. One of my great grandfathers was even a whaler who was stranded in Pacific for three years.
So, when we head home to the U.S. for a visit each summer, I get all excited visiting the east coast and eating all the fresh fish, oysters, clams, and especially lobster that I can!
My mom, who grew up on east coast, can tear into a lobster and get every little bit. I have a hard time even cracking the claws; it’s such a skill.
Last summer, Jim, Devon, and I decided to find out more about these delicious creatures. We signed on with Uncle Oscar’s Tours for a one-hour lobster tour.
The tour starts out in Rye, New Hampshire and the first thing we learned about was fishing floats. Each float has a distinct color pattern to let you know who that particular trap belongs to. Of course, the early-risers want to get to the best fishing holes and drop their traps first. There have been many feuds in the past fighting over the best-known spots.
So the fisherman have a route, where they check their traps, gather the lobsters they have captured, and then bait and drop a new trap to check another time.
In one hour, we checked about five traps. The catch wasn’t very spectacular. The lobsterman must use a special tool to measure the length of the torso, and it must be longer than five inches. Additionally, if they are females they will often cut a triangle in the tail so that she is off-limits. It’s like having a free pass for life.
We found the tour to be exceptionally affordable and informative and at the same time a lot of fun. I would highly recommend it to families or student groups.
Do you go to the east coast of the United States? Do you just love lobster? If so, let us know your favorite lobster shack, so we can try it out this summer!