Kevin Leonowert, Owner and Captain
Kevin Leonowert, Owner and Captain of the Christina, is somewhat unusual among Gloucester’s professional fishermen in that he does both rod-and-reel fishing and the more exacting, high-stakes method of harpooning.
“My season for harpooning starts in early June, and goes to mid-July,” he explains. “During that time, we’re covering a lot of distance. We might be in the Gulf of Maine in the morning, and in the evening we’ll be off Cape Cod. It’s a lot of traveling, a lot of coping with different weather conditions. Sometimes we’re 100 miles offshore, no contact, on our own.”
As Leonowert explains it, stalking bluefin and getting in position to spear them with a single deft shot is a painstaking, methodical process. He meticulously charts every spot where he’s harpooned bluefin, and starts each June in the exact same spot where he began 15 years ago, working through his list from there.
Behind this, he explains, is a certain logic: bluefin, who have remarkable navigational skills, are also creatures of habit who return to the same spots over and over.