“Tall Tails” Cheri Savage -Maine Lobsterwoman

“Tall Tails” – Never did I ever think I would end up on a lobster boat 10 miles out in the cold waters of the Atlantic, in January!! I had an amazing experience capturing a day in the life of Cheri Savage, Relief Captain and Sternwoman of a 40’ Wayne Beal F/V named “Tall Tails”. Her and Captain Ryan, lobster fish off Spruce Head Island and own Metinic Island and they are two of the hardest workers I have ever met. Braving the cold, long and sometimes dangerous days, all for the love of it. Cheri will be featured in a book coming out this summer Pretty Rugged – Book by Author Ali Farrell which “dives into the gritty lives of females in the commercial fishing industry”…Cheri is the epitome of the title. It was an honor to capture her images for the book to help share her story and provide her with some great memories to hold onto. Here are a few favorites from the day…

Maine Lobsterwoman Cheri Savage overlooking the sunrise to start her long day of lobster fishing off the coast of Maine.
Sunrise view through the lobster rope.
Coiling the ropes on her F/V “Tall Tails”.
Cheri is coiling the “Tailer rope” to prepare to stack the trap. She had to work quickly, all while maintaining her balance as that boat was rocking back and forth. One wrong move with that rope, she could easily be pulled under. No fear!!
Cheri rinses the traps before stacking her gear on the back of the boat.
Rinsing off the traps before they get stacked.
Cheri tagging the lobster claws.
Cheri proudly sits on top of her traps aboard her F/V “Tall Tails”.
It’s a keeper!

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