Seabrook, New Hampshire, Woman Reels in a 265 Pound Tuna
When I was on vacation I went on a charter fishing trip with Papa Lew. I felt like a pretty hearty woman when I reeled in a one pound Scup and removed the hook all by myself. LOL If I want to be as badass as Michelle Bancewicz Cicale from Seabrook, I have some work to do. But hey, you gotta start somewhere!
Michelle has been fishing most of her life. Like most things, if you implement the three P's, practice, patience, and persistence you are bound to get better at it. In 2015 she started fishing mostly for tuna and in 2019 she bought her own boat. The FV No Limits (FV = fishing vessel)
"No Limits" seems like an appropriate name for Michelle's boat. ESPECIALLY after she reeled in this monster of a Blue Fin on her first solo venture! Can you say...BEAST MODE!?!?!
Michelle told me this fish was 90 inches long and weighed 265 pounds dressed (which means minus the head and tail) In case there is any confusion, she was the only person on the boat and reeled this big boy in all by herself. As it turns out, you don't need five shirtless dudes to catch a big fish. One badass woman can get the job done.
She has fished on a lot of different boats and has learned from some of the best captains around. She said:
"I am very thankful for each and every one of them. They have all been super respectful and supportive of me being one of the only female captains in the area. It’s not always easy to find and female crew who loves to fish as much as I do. I am always looking for the right female crew member."
Michelle has her 100 Ton Boat Captain's License and does charters out of Hampton. She also does lobstering and has a 100 trap license. If you ever want to join Captain Michelle for a fishing trip, get in touch with her on Instagram @fv_no_limits!