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Lobster - Penobscot Bay, ME

The family and I will be staying a week on Deer Island, Eastern Penobscot Bay, ME. I just read that one can purchase a lobster(s) right off the boats there. Any of you Captains know some good lobstermen in the area? We'll be happy to give them some business

Oh, and to keep this sailing related, I would love to see your boat of the edge of Stinson Point, Deer Island if you will be in the area, mid-July. I'm thinking about renting a small dinghy sailboat if I can build up enough competency before hand to convince the rental folks I'm capable.

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In Penobscot you can walk from island to island by stepping on the buoys, especially since they use 2 per trawl there. Quite frankly, for all the time I've spent in the presence of lobstermen, I've never had the nads to sail up and ask if they had any to sell. I know people do it, but it just isn't in my DNA.

Stinson point is right across from Burnt Cove. Overlooks Barred Island. It has a nice view of the bay and some good shots of the open ocean. Even though Deer Isle is technically an island, you drive there over Eggemoggin Reach. So be sure to catch a ferry to Isle Au Haute. Great hiking and scenery. And if lobster buoys are your thing, there's a fresh crop of the finest kind after every storm. Most of it is state park. Another place you must visit is Acadia National Park. Awe inspiring.
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Sure they are trying to make a living, so I imagine anything you give them would be more than the wholesalers. I had family on the coast in the 70's that said they just went to the docks and asked around. Just have to be there when thy pull in.

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Its common to go to a lobster boat and ask. Normal practice.

I dingied to a boat on a mooring in Rockland Harbor and bought 4 for $18. Then my dink wouldnt start. The lobsterman had his daughter tow me a 1/4 mile back to my boat with their skiff. She absolutely refused any money for the tow. Loved Maine!
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2015 the price off the boat was low!! That
makes up for a late may dive I had to do to clear my prop off Doyle point!man that water was cold:-[
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Re: Lobster - Penobscot Bay, ME

The lobsterman behind me in the grocery store line couldn't believe I'd pay a dollar a pound more than he got from the lobster pound. It's certainly worth asking, but give some thought to not interrupting them in the middle of hauling traps. If they're trying to maneuver to snag their next lobsterpot, they don't need some screwy sailboat circling close enough to hit them, thank you very much. Calling over the radio may not be too popular either. They may not want others to know where they've got their pots, and announcing "Betty-Sue, Betty Sue, one mile southeast of Sheep Rock" could leave you with no dinner. Asking on the dock or ashore may be tricky because some boats have contracts for their catch to go to a certain wholesaler, who might be there watching. If you come across a lobsterboat idling along (lunchtime? calling home?) give her a wave and a try.
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Keep your eyes peeled for a floating lobster dock with a 'Lobsters' sign with a phone number on it. There are a couple in Pulpit Harbor in Penobscot Bay(there are a few others around the bay).

These are lobstermen that also sell right off their floating work docks.

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That's Randy's boat in the background. I recall it was named - 'Rock me Baby'.


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Y'know, the worst thing is my oldest boy is a sternman on a lobster boat out of Cape Porpoise. We have yet to receive any . . . benefits of his hard labors. You try to raise 'em right and look what happens!
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Unless you really know what they are doing at the time, in terms of work, it is best to do as Tom says and approach their "float" back in a harbor. Approaching a lobster boat mid-string etc. will only serve to get them riled. Just about every harbor has a working float or a few and when the guys get back at the end of the day they are often approachable for a "cash sale". You can also just go to one of the co-op docks and still get them straight off the boat.
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Re: Lobster - Penobscot Bay, ME

Agree- hit them at the dock. If they've had a good haul, they'll be in a generous mood and happy to sell to you.

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