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Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine
The Prairie. .This name has been given to a flat ground of generally level bottom, lying E. by N. from Boon Island 7 miles. It has depths of from 41) to 50 fathoms over mud and gravel, rising out of 60 fathoms over the muddy ground about it. It extends in a generally ENE. by WSW. direction, 2 miles long by 1 mile wide.
It is a "blistery" ground, the presence of these growths on a rocky or gravelly bottom usually meaning good fishing.
This is principally a haddock ground, with the best season from mid March to the 1st of May. This is a small-boat and gill-netting ground. lt is also visited to a considerable extent by the larger vessels of the Portland fleet in the severer weather of the winter and early spring because of its accessibility.