Photo Essay: Commercial Fishing On The Stranglehold

“It’s hard work, a long day and you really have to love being on the water…but it’s beautiful and there is no other job like it…”  Those words by Matt Hamilton perfectly describe the life of a Commercial Fisherman.  Matt operates the fishing vessel Stranglehold out of Chatham along with crewmen Mike Otowchits and James Hoeft.  They fish with Gill Nets for Skate and Dogfish in the Atlantic Ocean.

Skate and Dogfish are presently in great abundance and sold almost exclusively to Asian and European Markets. Charlie Dodge, owner of the Stranglehold, is a member of The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance.  This group is encouraging local restaurants and fish markets to offer their catch to the public.  Hopefully, by next summer, we will be able to taste some new culinary creations using  Skate and Dogfish.

This photo essay will give you a glimpse into the world of Commercial Fishing.  Enjoy!

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By Spencer Kennard

As a child, spending summers in North Truro, I thought Cape Cod began at the Wellfleet Drive-In and ended at Provincetown. As a photographer, I now know that all the   Cape towns leading to the canal have their own unique beauty and charm.

Roughly 30 years ago, I had the good fortune to work with the legendary photographer Dick Kelsey and as owner of Kelsey-Kennard have specialized in aerial photography as well as landscape/scenic, portraits, weddings, and photographing events on the Cape, the Islands, and beyond.

Photographs from our Gallery in Chatham are displayed in homes and businesses locally and world-wide.

Besides photography I also enjoy boating/ fishing (fish are usually very safe when I’m out there,) gardening and tennis.  Cape Cod is a very special place and I look forward to sharing my images with you as I travel about.


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