Portugal Street by Jack McConnell

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Fishing by two’s in Portugal seems to be commonplace. One man rows the boat, while the other sets the nets. It’s very physical labor, especially when the nets come up full and have to be pulled in over the transom. When he’s back in Maine for the summer, Jack often fishes for lobster with a friend. He stands in the stern of the lobster boat and after the lobsterman hauls up the trap on the pot hauler, he slides the trap back to Jack so he can reach in and measure the lobsters to see which are keepers, and throws out the crabs and ugly fish that may also be in the trap. Then he tosses the rancid bait bags to the waiting seagulls, and rebaits the trap with salted mackerel.

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