Great Fish Stories

Marine biology student Sarah VanHorn shares her experiences working with the local fishing industry in a rich stew tips, stories, and advice. Meet the blogger behind "Fishues."

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Gillnetter Jay Driscoll with his crew Pete and Lucas aboard Sweet Misery in Rye Harbor. Jay's been a captain of a fishing boat since he was 20.

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Fisherman Peter Kendall aboard his dragger Elizabeth Ann out of Portsmouth Harbor. More often than not, Peter fishes on his own 5-7 days a week. His boat was molded from an old school bus in the 70's.

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Gillnetter Mike Kennon aboard Rolling Stone 18 miles offshore, checking in with Jamie Hayward, the owner of Rolling Stone. Mike a graduate of Maine Maritime with a degree in marine engineering, is more commonly known as Munsey throughout the New Hampshire fleet.

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Gillnetter Tommy Lyons aboard Marion J of Hampton Harbor. Tommy has also worked as a science teacher and a police officer and has traveled the world with his wife, who's a dog show judge.

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Gillnetter Rick Anderson aboard Bridget Leigh of Rye Harbor. Ricky and his wife winter in Marathon, Florida where he sport fishes and works on his extensive flower gardens.

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Fisherman Neal Pike pulling in the net with his son, a law school graduate, Neal Pike aboard Sandi Lynn of Seabrook Harbor. Neal and his son have been fishing together on and off since his son was first able to walk.

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Lobsterman Damon Frampton aboard Vivian Mae, named after his youngest of four daughters, in Portsmouth Harbor. Damon created Portsmouth Lobster Company and began producing Portsmouth Lobster Ravioli with the help of Terra Cotta Pasta Company, and they are now distributed throughout the seacoast.

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Gillnetter Jamie Hayward and his crew aboard Heidi Elisabeth, out of Badgers Island, Kittery, Maine. Jamie fishes 7 days a week unless the Patriots are playing at home.

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Gillnetter Kurtis Lang and his crew aboard Alanna Renee. Kurtis is one of the youngest fishermen left in New Hampshire. His family own's Lang's Landscaping Company in Greenland.

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Josh Wiersma, a graduate of UNH, is the Northeast fisheries sector manager of sectors XI and XII. Josh likes to play ice hockey and paint in his spare time.

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VanHorn holding a 16 pound lobster caught in the gillnet and released back into the sea.

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Written and photographed by Sarah VanHorn '12.