Winston Ledee pulls a lobster trap from waters off St. Thomas;
one of many he and mate Kyle LaPlace will haul in a day. Ledee’s
buoys mark the spot where he’s set a group of traps, attached by a
line to the ocean floor. The traps of wood or wire, for lobsters
and fish, must be winched up from the sea floor, rebaited and set
back out again quickly in a continual rhythm. Many come up empty,
making it impossible to tell how successful the trip has been until
the catch is counted and weighed at the end of the day.