Brian Rapp

Brian did not come to lobster fishing in the typical fashion of having it passed down through his family. Brian became a fisherman deliberately because of a strong draw to the sea.

Brian attended the University of Maine at Orono where he studied mechanical engineering. Tired of school, he and a friend went to Hawaii to go surfing, but life eventually carried him back to Maine.

“I grew up in Maine and then left to go surfing in Hawaii, and when I came back a few years later, I connected with Tom (Martin) who was lobstering, and we’ve been working together ever since. I knew I wanted to be working on the water.”

Reflecting on one of his first exchanges with Tom, Brian says, “Tom asked me if I got seasick, I told him no and that was that.”

In the summer, Brian works with Tom running the Saint Croix, which offers tours in Portland to those eager to learn about lobstering, giving them the opportunity to experience hauling traps, baiting bags and banding lobsters. In the fall, winter and spring, Brian and Tom fish commercially for lobsters. “It’s great,” Brian reflects. “We never get tired of either.”

Brian’s favorite way to eat lobster? “Steam it and eat it – nothing fancy.” On occasion, when he has leftover lobster meat, he enjoys a lobster omelet.

Scariest moment on the water? “Setting a string of gear and the line got around my leg. Tom was able to get the boat in neutral and then reverse, and thankfully we don’t have an open stern boat. After that I got a very sharp knife, which never comes off my Grundéns. Fortunately, I haven’t had to use it.”

When he’s not lobster fishing, Brian can be found hanging with his German Shepherd Mel, surfing, hiking or whitewater rafting.

What Brian loves about fishing? “You get to make your own way in lobstering; and getting to be on the water every day and see the sunrise and the sunsets, that’s just really lucky.”