Talking with tourists
MACDOUGALLS, NL – Somewhere in the cool dark of night on a crowded beach, an Ontario tourist clutched a bucket of capelin, observed the crowd plunging in and out of the water, and asked some questions.
Specifically, John Coutts wanted to know how much longer the fish would continue to beach themselves that night, and if they would continue to do so in following nights. And do capelin do this every year?
The answers turned out to be for roughly another hour, for one more night, and yes, but not every year at MacDougalls. Capelin spawn by beaching themselves, but on Saturday, July 8, most couldn’t make it past the horde of dip nets to reach the sand.
Coutts and his wife Peggy, who hails from the area, are currently visiting an aunt and cousins in Port aux Basques as they have done every few years.
“The cousins found out about ( the capelin rolling) and within 10 minutes we were on the bikes coming down,” Coutts said of his unexpected fishing adventure. Coutts has never actually eaten capelin – something his cousin Art Anderson has promised to remedy. Until his feast is ready, Coutts is content to enjoy the spectacle.
“I think it’s amazing. It’s a learning experience and it’s exciting,” said Coutts. “I absolutely love Newfoundland and Newfoundland people.”
Ontario resident John Coutts rushed with relatives to MacDougalls beach on Saturday, July 8 to haul in some capelin when the fish beached late in the evening.