Lobster fishermen on P.E.I.'s Malpeque Bay successfully made it past a sand bar that had formed across the mouth of the bay for the first day of the lobster season, but they will have to hurry back.

Traps are being set Monday, and the first lobster will be landed Tuesday.

Malpeque fishermen were concerned about getting past the sand bar with their boats loaded down with traps. The province had hired a dredger to clear a path, but bad weather had been hindering the work. By early Monday morning, however, a path had been cleared.

One boat was hung up briefly on the sand, but was able to work free.

There is little room for error in the channel. Fishermen will need to return by lunch time. The tide will start falling at 9:15 a.m., and by early afternoon, the water will be too shallow to allow boats to pass.