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Paul’s Tuna Featured in Martha’s Vineyard Gazette

…Great story in the Martha’s Vineyard Gazette

Video of the Big Catch (Rated R)
  • Big day on the water for the 35-foot Menemsha lobster boat Shearwater last week.
  • John Osmers

Three Island Fishermen, One Big Tuna Close the Season

Johnny Osmers, Paul McDonald and Tim Sauer had been fishing from their 35-foot lobster boat Shearwater for less than an hour when they felt the bite.

The Island fishermen had left their home berth in Menemsha before dawn on the first day of November and dropped their line just east of Chatham. The first catch of the day was a porbeagle shark that they let go. This time they had something they would keep: a nine-foot, 750-pound tuna.

“It took line like being hooked up to a car,” Mr. Osmers told the Gazette this week. The tuna ran for about 300 yards before the men could stop it and begin to reel it in. “It’s a give and take,” Mr. Osmers said, describing the intricate process of landing a 750-pound fish. “Sometimes it’s a tug of war. Sometimes the fish is gaining on you and sometimes you’re gaining on it. You never really know.”

After fighting it for over an hour and a half, they had the fish beside the boat but the job wasn’t over. “I was thinking, we can’t lose this thing now,” Mr. Osmers said. When they initially tried to harpoon the tuna, the tip of the spear broke off. A second attempt saw success. They connected with the fish and tail-roped it, then used the boat’s lobster pot hauler to bring it onto Shearwater’s open deck.

Mr. Osmers, who said he is always trying to better understand the fish he catches, cut open the tuna’s stomach to inspect the contents. “We just look to see what they’re eating, to see what to use for bait next time, to see how healthy it was. There’s so much you can learn from what’s in there,” he said. In the stomach of the massive fish, they found a single 10-inch herring.

Once they dressed the fish, they were left with about 650 pounds of tuna. They brought it to Red’s Best, a fish buyer from Boston that works with the Menemsha Fish House. The price is still being negotiated but Mr. Osmers said rates have been low lately. Their last tuna went for $6 a pound. “We hope to get $6 to $12 a pound for this one,” he said.

Price fluctuations make a big difference for fishermen like Mr. Osmers, but so does the federal fishing quota. When the quota is opened in the spring, the available fish are so-called racers, lean tuna that have traveled to the Island from the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Mexico or even Brazil. In the summer, visiting sport fishermen can catch as many fish as they want, quickly filling up the quota, Mr. Osmers said. “Fat fall fish are worth more money and the actual commercial guys who depend on these fish for a living could go get them,” he said. But by the time the cool weather sets in and the fish have fattened up, it’s often too late because the quota has been met and the season is closed.

But for Mr. Osmers and his fishing mates last week, things came together for a change. Fishing friends congratulated him and Mr. McDonald for reeling in a fish that could bring them thousands of dollars in income.

“It’s pretty much my main job,” Mr. Osmers said of fishing. Now tuna fishing won’t reopen until Dec. 1. Until then, they’ll wait.

“I’m anxious to go back out,” he said.

Halloween Happy Hour – Friday, October 26th at Jack & Linda

Time for another Halloween Happy Hour at Jack & Linda’s

Event: Halloween Happy Hour
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 4pm; Group Photo at 5pm (ish)
Site: Jack & Linda’s, 177 Plymouth Avenue
Bring: Kids in Costumes, Fav Beverages, Small Dish to share
Trick & Treats Provided
RSVP: Jack and/or Linda

Happy Hour for David’s 30th

Jack & Linda McDonald invite David’s family & friends for a Happy Hour (not a surprise) to celebrate David’s 30th Birthday. Your presence is the best present.

Date: Sunday, June 24th, 2018
Site: Jack & Linda’s Home at 177 Plymouth Avenue, Marshfield, Ma. 02050
Time: 1pm – ???
RSVP: mcdonald44@me.com (Jack) and/or linda.siveymcdonald@me.com (Linda)
Bring: Friends & Family
Food: BYOB, Cookout Food, Salads, Munchies and Dave’s Birthday Cake (2pm) for all.
Beach: Brant Rock Beach is walking distance, and feel free to come early or stay late.
Questions: 781-571-8276 (Jack) 781-571-8311 (Linda)



Colin’s gets an assist on winning goal in the Longest game in AHL History.

Phantoms Win Longest Game in AHL History!

Alex Krushelnyski Scores at 1:09 a.m. in the 5th Overtime

Video of Winning Goal in 5th OT

May 10, 2018

Charlotte, N.C. – Alex Krushelnyski scored at 6:48 into the fifth overtime finally ending the longest game in the 82-year history of the American Hockey League at 1:09 a.m. capping an incredible night (and early morning) of hockey in Charlotte. Colin McDonald won the puck in the right corner and connected with an open Cole Bardreau behind the net who found Krushlenyski open in the slot for the one-timer past the blocker of Alex Nedeljkovic thus triggering an exuberant celebration from the overjoyed Phantoms.

Alex Lyon recorded 94 saves on 95 shots which was the second-most in AHL history. The Phantoms took a 3 games to 1 lead in the series. And both of the drained teams are certainly happy that there are two days off before Game 5 of the series on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. in Charlotte.

Counting down to 17:01 left in the 5th overtime, the fans who remained at Bojangles’ Coliseum let out a loud cheer. Many in the building clearly were well-aware that it was at that very instant that the two teams had passed the record for the longest game in AHL history. The total time for the game was six hours and six minutes. Only three NHL games have gone longer than the new longest-ever AHL marathon.

Lyon’s 94 saves included an amazing 79 consecutive stops over the final 119:56 of the game following Charlotte’s tying goal by Patrick Brown at 6:52 of the second period. Danick Martel had scored in the first period for Lehigh Valley.

The Phantoms played the bulk of the game with only five defenseman after Samuel Morin left with a lower-body injury in the first period following a check into the boards from Brown.

On April 24, 2008, the Philadelphia Phantoms defeated the Albany River Rats at 2:58 into the 5th overtime on a game-winner by Ryan Potulny in what was previously the longest game in AHL history on a record-setting night that many thought would never be broken. Michael Leighton of Albany made 98 saves in the losing cause. Those two teams were also the affiliates of the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes just like this one.

The Phantoms had consecutive power-play opportunities in the third overtime but were unable to convert and later Charlotte had a power play at the end of the third overtime but the Phantoms penalty kill hung tough.

The pace was understandably significantly slower as the game continued on past 11:00 p.m. and then eventually past midnight on one of the most incredible nights of hockey that any of the participants will likely ever be involved in.

Charlotte out shot the Phantoms 95-53. Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play. Lehigh Valley can clinch the series with a victory on Saturday night at Charlotte and would then advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to tangle with the Toronto Marlies. If the Charlotte Checkers survive in the fifth game and force a Game 6 then that would take place in Allentown on Monday evening.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2 (OT) at Charlotte Checkers 1 – Status: Final 5OT
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – Bojangles’ Coliseum

Lehigh Valley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 2
Charlotte 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Lehigh Valley, Martel 4 (Brennan, Fazleev), 16:24. Penalties-Bishop Cha (interference), 8:18; Myers Lv (slashing), 19:07.

2nd Period-2, Charlotte, Brown 1 (Samuelsson), 6:52. Penalties-Myers Lv (interference), 4:01.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

2nd OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

3rd OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-served by Kuokkanen Cha (bench minor – too many men), 6:39; Zykov Cha (tripping), 9:15; Brennan Lv (holding), 16:08.

4th OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

5th OT Period-3, Lehigh Valley, Krushelnyski 2 (Bardreau, McDonald), 6:48. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Lehigh Valley 9-5-10-10-5-1-7-6-53. Charlotte 10-14-17-11-15-12-10-6-95.
Power Play Opportunities-Lehigh Valley 0 / 3; Charlotte 0 / 3.
Goalies-Lehigh Valley, Lyon 5-1 (95 shots-94 saves). Charlotte, Nedeljkovic 4-3 (53 shots-51 saves).
Referees-Chris Schlenker (48), Corey Syvret (42).
Linesmen-Libor Suchanek (60), James Tobias (61).

In the midst of the club’s 12th postseason appearance in franchise history, the Phantoms have captured two Calder Cup Championships (1998, 2005) and carry a 62-54 overall mark in 116 career AHL postseason outings. This is the fifth regular season division title in franchise history and the team’s first since arriving in the Lehigh Valley.

Playoff strips, 10-game flex packs and single game playoff tickets to the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs are all on sale now!