Oak Bluffs fisherman Luke Gurney recalled with love, pride

AR-160629839.jpg&MaxW=315&MaxH=315“He loved the water,” John Gurney said. “It became his nemesis.” Luke Gurney primarily fished Nantucket Sound and focused on whelk, sea bass and scup, his father said. He owned the 42-foot No Regrets, which he had operated since 2012. He sold whelk to dealers in New Bedford, who then shipped the sea snail to southeast Asia. “He was only four years into his business, but it was very successful,” John Gurney said. Last year, his son caught 107,000 pounds of whelk. “That’s a good take for a year of fishing,” the father said. John Gurney said his son had started fishing on freshwater ponds but had moved to salt water and “never left.” “If I fished with him, I knew I would catch fish,” Gurney, a sportfisherman, said. “He had a nose for fishing.” Luke Gurney grew up in New Bedford and graduated from high school in 1986. After college he moved to Martha’s Vineyard, where his parents have a second home. He was married to Robyn Gurney, and they had two sons, Jacob, 13, and Sam, 11. Read the rest here 08:30