“Fishing and the Future”
By JENN THORNHILL VERMA • OCTOBER 08, 2019
About a mile-and-a-half off of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, we’re dropping anchor, 26 fathoms deep. The fish finder, an instrument for locating schools of fish, confirms what captains Leo Hearn and Kimberly Orren already know: the cod are plentiful. In their 22-footer, we have everything we need for an afternoon of cod jigging. We’re suited in head-to-toe rain gear, rubber boots, wool hats, waterproof gloves and life-jackets – clothing signalling late summer in a place accustomed to late, short summers. We also have a bucket of freshly caught capelin we’ll use for bait; a few single-hook jiggers with steel weights on 250-pound test lines; and an empty fish tub for today’s catch.