When you ask a gal from Newfoundland to go deep sea fishing you are sure to get a resounding YES as your answer. Growing up in a fishing community usually goes hand in hand with a great love for the sea. The ocean is my anchor, forever calling me to its shores. Which is why a trip out on the salt water had my name on it when Murphy’s invited me along on the Summer Bay. We left from the cable wharf located at the Halifax waterfront. We sailed along the coast out into the North Atlantic, passing historic McNabs Island along the way.
Deep Sea Fishing Experience
A seasoned fisherman knows when the fish will catch. The crew on board the Summer Bay were hopeful and tried several times to find the right spot. At first nothing but sculpins found our lures. These fish are of no use to humans, they are bottom dwellers and often used for lobster bait. For us fishers on board, no bait was necessary, which meant you do not have to worry about squishing fish innards onto your hooks.
There was a great deal of excitement when some folks on the boat began to reel in something a little more prized than those bottom feeders. Several people onboard were lucky enough to haul in some Atlantic Perch, completing their deep sea fishing initiation.
A Good Time on the Atlantic
The experience of being on a fishing boat was enough to entertain the lively crowd that were onboard. I of course got to know a few of them. One couple from Ontario, another from Calgary were happy to chat about their trips to the Maritimes. Each of them enjoying what our beautiful Nova Scotia has to offer. They were delighted to be among the gang of us that we’re all hoping for a nibble or two.
Back to Halifax
Our journey out into the Atlantic lasted three hours, and those three hours were well worth it. The Murphy’s crew shared stories about the history of our coast line, as we passed by a massive container ship; making me feel very small in comparison. Our guide, Christian, was eager to help and answer our questions. His sea legs were very sturdy while his ability to untangle my line from the buoy I managed to hook was impressive!
If I were to do this again, or if you are thinking of doing it yourself I encourage you to dress in layers, take your sunscreen (I got a little burn even in the fog) and keep in mind that Murphy’s welcomes you to take your cooler. If you catch something worthy of a good meal, which excludes sculpins, you might as well take it home for the grill or your favourite frying pan.
No need to fill your coolers with your favourite beer or pop, Murphy’s offers on deck service which made the bachelor party group on board very happy. For me, all I needed was a fishing rod, and the hot coffee that I brought in my thermos. A perfect Nova Scotia day was had. For more information about the entire Murphy’s fleet please check out their website https://www.mtcw.ca/charter-rates or call 902-420-1015.