Chadwick Island lobsterman builds one-of-a-kind Christmas ‘tree’

     (Photo courtesy of Barnegat Bay Island NJ Facebook)

    (Photo courtesy of Barnegat Bay Island NJ Facebook)

    A Chadwick Island lobsterman found a creative way to repurpose his dormant lobster traps.

    “With lobster fishing slowing down for the season, we (New Jersey lobstermen) tend to remove our traps from the water this time of year until we start fishing again in the spring,” said Patrick Fehily, owner of PotLuck Lobster Company and fishing vessel Perseverance.

    So Fehily and his parents decided to build a Christmas “trap” tree

    “Although we fish 1,200 traps, this tree took 40 traps to build,” he said, adding that they built the tree in about three hours on a second attempt. 

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    Fehily welcomes visitors to check out the unique structure on Ocala Court in Chadwick Island.

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