On a warm, calm Prince Edward Island afternoon I stepped aboard the cleanest boat that I’d ever seen.

Captain Perry Gotell, Tranquility Cove Adventures, PEI

Captain Perry Gotell

After thirty years of fishing lobster and crab, Captain Perry Gotell has made a successful business of cruising the seas off of Canada’s smallest province with landlubber tourists like me. Deep sea fishing excursions aren’t hard to find but what’s completely unique about this one with Tranquility Cove Adventures, is that your catch is cooked for you right on board!

With soft rock music from the ship speakers, we left the Georgetown marina and had a smooth pleasant cruise, to where we hoped to find our catch of the day.  (Georgetown is about a 40 minute drive east of Charlottetown.) Perry pointed out local landmarks like Panmuir Island with PEI’s oldest wooden lighthouse (built in 1854). He knows the region well as a third generation family member raised there.

We stopped at what we would soon find was just the right spot. Rods were passed to each of us, and under the captain’s expert tutelage we tossed our lines overboard. It wasn’t too long before we started reeling in mackerel. And it wasn’t hard, an activity suitable for any age or fitness level.

Getting the rods ready

Getting the rods ready

Smiley Captain Perry released the fish from our lines and gutted them as they were caught. Seagulls were at the ready to feed on the fish bits flung overboard.

Seagulls feasting on scraps

Seagulls feasting on scraps

Captain Perry’s crew flipped the fileted and no longer flopping fish on the grill. We had caught just enough for us all to have an afternoon snack of barbequed poisson, beautifully seasoned with herbs and lemon.Throughout this process the deck was swabbed multiple times. I think that we could have eaten off of the ship’s deck – it gleamed! And oh my, that fish was so delicately fresh and tasty.

Catch of the day cooked and served at sea

Catch of the day cooked and served at sea

We enjoyed some lessons in lobster and crab fishing and watched while educational traps were hauled in. Holding the obliging crustaceans was the perfect photo op until the fishy specimens were returned to the sea for the next batch of tourists.

Captain Perry hauling in educational traps

Captain Perry hauling in educational traps

 

A lesson in crabs

A lesson in crabs

I highly recommend this tour, especially if the weather is balmy. And you may sight seals, eagles, or whales (recent sightings were minka and balugas) while you are at it!

For more information on this and other Tranquility Cove Adventures (like clam digging, island weddings, renting a beach suite, and starfish hunting) visit their website here.

A lesson in lobsters

A lesson in lobsters

 

My Tranquility Cove Adventure was made possible by Tourism PEI.  All opinions are my own.