Nfld. & Labrador

Sharks, bad weather during food fishery's opening weekend

Pictures of big cod and the odd shark were posted on social media as fishing boats darted out from harbours across Newfoundland and Labrador

Pictures of big cod and the odd shark were posted on social media as fishing boats darted out from harbours across Newfoundland and Labrador for the first weekend of the 2015 summer recreational cod fishery.

In the St. John's area, however, the water was rough and many fishermen chose to play it safe and stay on dry land.

"Stay at home, have a beer. It's too rough out there," Gerry Smith said Saturday.

For those who did get out, they say it didn't take long to fill their quota of five fish per person, 15 per boat. 

The fishery will run for three weeks, then will pick back up on Sept. 19 for nine days. 

A catch of a different kind on the first day of the recreational food fishery in Petty Harbour. This shark must have called dibs on the cod fish. (Submitted by Joanie Chafe)
This photo captured a little girl's first-ever cod catch at Cox's Cove on Saturday. (Submitted by Donnie O'Keefe)
It took less than an hour for the 15 fish per boat quota was caught in Hopeall, Trinity Bay. (Submitted by ChrisTopher Donovan)
Not bad for Evan Gear's first time catching fish. He caught these two big ones off Bell Island. (Submitted by Lisa Martin-Gear)
Weighing in at 35 pounds, Kevin Wall's first catch of the season is one for the books. This photo was taken near Brigus. (Submitted by Raelene Wall)

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