He began smoking trout for friends, setting his alarm for three most mornings to check the stove. In 1982, not long after the appearance of otter number four, FitzGerald decided to get serious, and went commercial with Ducktrap's smoking operation. That year, he turned out 50 to 100 pounds of delicate smoked trout a week. The following year, he bought a somewhat larger, commercial rig for $10,000. Today, Ducktrap smokes around a million pounds of fish and shellfish annually—three dozen kinds, including trout, salmon, scallops, mussels, shrimp, mackerel, and dolphin-safe tuna.