First week of lobstering season: Mike the truck driver

Lobsterman Mike ruminates on how to deal with boaters who steal from his lobster traps. He fills us in on the solar panels he installed at the dock to power his lobster holding tanks.

Finally, the value boat ownership has brought to the relationship he has with his father.

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Mike the truck driver reviews the seafood marinara at the Causeway in Gloucester, Ma.

Commercial fishermen oftentimes open seafood restaurants, cutting out the middleman. The Causeway Restaurant in Gloucester is one. The portions are huge; the ambiance, noisy, crowded and hot. Don't wear a tie or nice shoes.

But wow the seafood.

Mike puts his two cents in. His favorite dish: the Causeway's seafood marinara.


Mike the Lobsterman’s Baked Stuffed Lobster Recipe: Not for the Faint of Heart

Mike the lobsterman shares his father's recipe for baked stuffed lobster. You need a sharp knife.

Delivered with Mike's inimitable sense of style. Not for the faint of heart. Nor for those who support PETA.

If Mike inspires you, buy from Amazon the classic and well-reviewed The Secret Life of Lobsters.


Mike the truck driver on some of most beautiful sh*t he has seen

Lobsterman and truck driver Mike was on scene with his dad in their lobster boat the night the Salem railway bridge caught fire. So was the raised pilot boat CanDo, known from the blizzard of '78 and central to Mike Tougias's eponymous book.

Mike describes what he saw that night.

Tougias's book on the blizzard of '78 is available on Amazon. Likewise his book on the storm- and hubris-driven sinking of the CanDo.


Mike the Truck Driver Reviews “Lone Voyayger”, Joe Garland’s Biography of Howard Blackburn

Mike the Truck Driver, who lobsters out of Salem, Ma. when he 's not on the road, reviews and reads from Joe Garland's Lone Voyager (Amazon), the biography of Howard Blackburn.

Not exactly safe for work. Mike likes salty language (what fisherman doesn't?), but his review and reading are sincere.

Buy Lone Voyager at Amazon.


Freshwater Fishing the City: The Charles River in Downtown Boston

It's possible to fish well in downtown Boston if you have access to a kayak or like to fish from shore. A short podcast describing what to expect to catch, where to launch from, and where to find structure on the river bottom.


Lobsterman Mike Asks: What do You do With a Sub-legal Sized Striped Bass?

Lobsterman Mike of Salem, Massachusetts, poses an ethical question with a multiple-choice answer: What do you do with a striped bass that doesn't meet the minimum size for a keeper?

The law is clear.

But Mike asks: But what if the fish was already dead when you caught it?