National Fisherman

RYE — A couple of Rye fishermen pulled up the catch of a lifetime Friday off Odiorne Point in an estimated 15-pound lobster.

Scott and Elizabeth Rawding have been fishing for 30 years, but this male lobster, measuring 27.5 inches from claw to tail, was a first for them.

"When we pulled the trap up, we saw this huge, dark mass in the back of the trap, and we put it on the deck, and we looked at it and said, 'Oh my God, it's a monster,'" Scott Rawding said, noting it was easily the biggest lobster he has ever caught. "We were both aghast when we put it up. We were like, 'Oh my God. How'd that thing get in there?'"

Then came the next step of getting the colossal crustacean out of the trap.

"It was so hard to get out of the trap. ... The lobster's legs were bigger than my fingers and it was holding with its legs onto the mesh" of the trap, he said.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

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Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
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