Tiggie: The Lure and Lore of Commercial Fishing in New England

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AuthorHouse, 2007 - History - 292 pages
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"Tiggie: The Lure and Lore of Commericial Fishing in New England" begins more than 30 years ago in a remote cove on Cape Cod's Pleasant Bay, Macfarlane, a young marine biologist newly deputized by the Orleans shellfish warden, gathers up her courage to confront one of the Cape's crustiest, crankiest commercial fisherman, a local legend name Tiggie Peluso. It's more than a contest between youth and age, or rules and reason, or book knowledge and hard-earned practical experience. It's a clash of two strong wills and two warring cultures - a bucolic, rustic Cape Cod that is in the process of changing beyond recognition, and an industry that is losing its past under a tsunami of foreign competition, legalisms and new technology.
 

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two The Treasure Trove
9
Chapter Three Families and Families
15
Chapter Five First Boat
23
Chapter Seven First Trip
30
Chapter Eight Line Trawling
36
Chapter Ten Grounds Places and Time
46
Chapter Eleven Majestic Fish
53
Chapter Thirty Shipwrecked on Monomoy
151
Chapter ThirtyTwo Iced Up
172
Chapter ThirtyFour For the Birds
178
Chapter ThirtySix Summers Thanksgiving
190
Chapter ThirtyNine Weir Fishing
205
Chapter Forty A Little about Quahogs
211
Chapter FortyTwo Pulling the Wool Over
217
Chapter FortyThree Cassabooboo
224

Chapter Thirteen The First Big Blow
59
Chapter Fifteen Pollock in the Rip
68
Chapter Seventeen Lucky and Unlucky
74
Chapter Nineteen Unpleasant Tasks
81
Chapter Twenty Superstitious?
106
Chapter TwentyTwo The Bad Trip
112
Chapter TwentyThree The Last of the PatErGlo
121
Chapter TwentyFIve The Long TripSwordfishing
130
Chapter TwentySix Ashore in Nova Scotia
136
Chapter TwentyEight Once a Louse Always a Louse
143
Chapter FortyFive Spooky Days
231
Chapter FortySix Bay Scalloping and Bobby Our
243
Chapter FortySeven Small Skiff Armadas
250
Chapter FortyNine Insane Seining
256
Chapter FiftyOne Pleasant Bay Bass
262
Chapter FiftyTwo My Best Friends
268
Chapter FiftyThree Trout Fishing
275
Chapter FiftySix Sleuthing
281
Chapter FiftyEight One Last Story
287
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Tiggie Peluso arrived on Cape Cod in 1946 after serving in the Army in World War II, to begin a career in commerical fishing. He became proficient in four seperate types of fishing - longlining for cod, haddock and halibut; shellfishing for scallops, quahaugs and clams, rod and reel and flyfishing for striped bass: and fresh water fishing - an unusual achievement. He was a founding member and president of the Chatham Seafood Soop, the second largest fisherman's cooperative in New England. After 25 years of fishing, he dictated his story.

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