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Offline Skillet

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #25 on: January 20, 2017, 11:59:53 AM »
Thanks man, I appreciate that. Doubleling, the personal and financial sacrifice has been tremendous, but it has been worth it for me.

Here's a vid that is a bit cheesy, but I think it captures a bit of the hope, trepidation and peace I feel as I push the boat through Canadian waters on my way to AK each spring. 

https://youtu.be/4eYF03b-jq4
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2017, 01:14:58 PM »
Great read and what I know of men willing to go full time fishing is that the offseason is never off and when on the grounds it is time to grind. 

My question when you are on the long term grind delivering to tenders what's your average food day look like?  How do you resupply?  Got any boat box deals in the end of seasons as I'd be interested in purchasing direct.

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2017, 01:22:15 PM »
Spent 3 summers in  the late 80s working on the Valle Lee out of Sitka (Based in Port Angeles) trolling and we would hit the halibut opening on occasion, weather permitting. They were 24 hr openings back then. Wouldn't trade the experience for anything, but I would never do it again LOL. Nothing funner than the kings. Crazy when those big ones would hit, stretching out the springs on the tag lines, shaking the poles, busting 100 lb test on the inside deep like nothing. Good times for sure.

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2017, 01:52:59 PM »
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2017, 04:07:41 PM »
skillet



thanks for an awesome thread

im a fisherman myself, and have fished off and on for years and work as a marine diesel mechanic when not up north. I have seined, gillnetted, crabbed dungies and opilio, tendered and engineered on seiners, and every trip is worth a lifetime of stories. made me who I am today, and damned proud call myself a commercial fisherman!

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #30 on: January 20, 2017, 05:05:33 PM »
Thanks fellas. If I don't respond to your questions, just know that I'm trying to figure out if they either are part of a story I can tell our they are a bit better suited for a more focused reply than I can give while out here on the grounds.

One thing I've noticed that almost every guy here had said about getting on a commercial boat - they wouldn't trade the experience for anything.  It's true for me, too.  The only thing I regret about leaving the security and comfort of my regular life is that I didn't do it sooner.   I am completely ruined for 9-5 work from now on.  Nothing will give me the same thrill as wrassling a 25+# king the last three fathoms (leader length) to the boat by hand. Or pulling up wire after wire loaded with coho top to bottom.  Or finding a pile of hungry fish with nobody else around for miles.

It gets in your blood.

To paraphrase John Muir:

"The ocean is calling, and I must go."


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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #31 on: January 20, 2017, 05:14:57 PM »
I am all for commercial fishing in Alaska but don't feel like it really has a place in Washington anymore.  We have a different economy down here and way less fishing resources.  We need commercial fishing in this country but I believe it is much more sustainable in Alaska then here in the lower 48.  But until we get tribal nets out of the rivers none of this matters.

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #32 on: January 20, 2017, 05:23:24 PM »
I am all for commercial fishing in Alaska but don't feel like it really has a place in Washington anymore.  We have a different economy down here and way less fishing resources.  We need commercial fishing in this country but I believe it is much more sustainable in Alaska then here in the lower 48.  But until we get tribal nets out of the rivers none of this matters.

Different economy down here? There's a huge market for fresh wild fish here. Where do you think most of the catch from AK comes? Yes the nets need to come out of the water and everyone can play fair.

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #33 on: January 20, 2017, 05:37:08 PM »
1995 I went up to Alaska on a purse seiner. We fished SE Alaska had the time of my life. The only reason that I didn't keep doing it was my daughter was 1. It was hard on the wife, and when my daughter forgot who I was when I got home BROKE MY HEART. Hard work but one of those life experiences that I would never forget. I love the pictures brings back memories. And I remember when some of those HUGE kings hit the deck. Back in those days we had to throw the kings back. But they where big. And fishing for fresh halibut between sets. Awesome. Also learned how to fly fish up there. I tell you I didn't know what I was doing and I caught all kinds of fish in those lakes. Keep the pictures and stories coming.

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #34 on: January 20, 2017, 05:45:53 PM »
I am all for commercial fishing in Alaska but don't feel like it really has a place in Washington anymore.  We have a different economy down here and way less fishing resources.  We need commercial fishing in this country but I believe it is much more sustainable in Alaska then here in the lower 48.  But until we get tribal nets out of the rivers none of this matters.

Different economy down here? There's a huge market for fresh wild fish here. Where do you think most of the catch from AK comes? Yes the nets need to come out of the water and everyone can play fair.

Yes we have a way different economy.  We have way more opportunity for someone to find a career outside fishing or working on the slope.  We need commercial fisherman to supply the world with fish, but the small amount that is harvested down here has a much bigger impact on our overall resource down here.

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #35 on: January 20, 2017, 05:52:06 PM »
Looking to keep this a politics-free thread as much as possible fellas, hoping we can keep this space reserved for the stories, pictures and vids of commercial fishing.

Thanks!
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #36 on: January 20, 2017, 05:54:40 PM »
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #37 on: January 20, 2017, 06:44:52 PM »
Looking to keep this a politics-free thread as much as possible fellas, hoping we can keep this space reserved for the stories, pictures and vids of commercial fishing.

Thanks!
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #38 on: January 20, 2017, 07:29:15 PM »
So I don't have to keep it a secret anymore  :chuckle:
I like seeing the pics and hearing about it, I had friends back in high school who worked on the boats back in the late 80's.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #39 on: January 20, 2017, 07:39:17 PM »
So I don't have to keep it a secret anymore  :chuckle:
I like seeing the pics and hearing about it, I had friends back in high school who worked on the boats back in the late 80's.

Haha, the truth will set you free! Thanks for being a good sport tho Run.  :tup:  How's Chip?

I'm uploading a few pics now, hopefully you will see some pics and stories that sound really familiar.  Sounds like we have quite a few old seiner, Bristol Bay and troller hands on the board.  Hoping some more of these salts will recall good stories or dig out some of those old pics of fishing and share.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #40 on: January 20, 2017, 08:42:59 PM »
I wish I could put my hands on a book I received as a gift years ago. It was a collection of stories by commercial fishermen in Alaska.
Fascinating stuff.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #41 on: January 20, 2017, 09:16:05 PM »
So I don't have to keep it a secret anymore  :chuckle:
I like seeing the pics and hearing about it, I had friends back in high school who worked on the boats back in the late 80's.

Haha, the truth will set you free! Thanks for being a good sport tho Run.  :tup:  How's Chip?

I'm uploading a few pics now, hopefully you will see some pics and stories that sound really familiar.  Sounds like we have quite a few old seiner, Bristol Bay and troller hands on the board.  Hoping some more of these salts will recall good stories or dig out some of those old pics of fishing and share.
Chip is still alive and kickin.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #42 on: January 20, 2017, 09:18:03 PM »
Great stuff Skillet!
The Sitka Sound area is gorgeous.  My family have been in the fishing industry in Alaska since Dad started tendering in 1953.  3rd generation is still at it on a 1951 vintage wooden power scow.
I tendered on and off from SE to Bristol Bay and Kodiak.  I miss the trips north each Spring.  The ocean does start calling and I get a huge ache inside.
Heck, I even miss the craziness of Sitka Herring!
Love your pictures.  Keep them coming!
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #43 on: January 20, 2017, 09:25:45 PM »
Thanks for the great technique and wonderful kings, Skillet. You're man's man doing a job not many would do in a place that's full of hazard. Get home safely.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #44 on: January 20, 2017, 10:08:37 PM »
Granddads Troller in 1984 the Bluejacket
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #45 on: January 20, 2017, 10:46:04 PM »
Great pic RB!  I don't recall seeing her around, doesn't mean she's not still working however.  I have mad respect for the low ADFG number boats like your granddads - they are icons in the fleet.

Here's a couple of pics I took on the dock tonight. 

@plugger


I know Gary and his current deckhand Jake.  Great operation, and I hope to someday have quota like that guy does.

Another pic, just for S&G's  @duckslayer89




Thanks for the great technique and wonderful kings, Skillet. You're man's man doing a job not many would do in a place that's full of hazard. Get home safely.
That is some seriously high praise coming from you sir.  It was an honor.

Pman is referencing the troll-caught quality that we are all so proud of in this fleet.  Each fish is brought on board by hand, one at a time, and bled/dressed right away for the highest quality product.  The quick handling and dress technique makes or breaks a delicate fish like a winter king, and Pman's endorsement is the best I could possibly obtain. 

A few pics of what he's talking about -






Last night at Symonds was a little sporty.  The bay is open only to the north, so is a great place to shelter during the SW, W and NW winds we commonly get here in the winter.  Last night, however, was a 20N wind... so it was blowing right down the gut of the anchorage and and there were 2-3 footers.  Just a bit more than allows for sweet dreams.  On top of that, it was snowing when I racked out -



Believe me, I'm not complaining.  I have a Dickinson Pacific diesel stove that has been running nearly non-stop since October that gets the cabin toasty warm.  But setting the hook in that stuff solo can get a little trying when all you want to do is get inside and get warm after a long day of running gear in frigid saltwater spray.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #46 on: January 20, 2017, 10:54:54 PM »
Great stuff Skillet!
The Sitka Sound area is gorgeous.  My family have been in the fishing industry in Alaska since Dad started tendering in 1953.  3rd generation is still at it on a 1951 vintage wooden power scow.
I tendered on and off from SE to Bristol Bay and Kodiak.  I miss the trips north each Spring.  The ocean does start calling and I get a huge ache inside.
Heck, I even miss the craziness of Sitka Herring!
Love your pictures.  Keep them coming!

I know the Eigil B.  Seemed like they spent all of May and half of June painting her up at the docks.  Can't even imagine how much more that scow could pack if you took all the paint off  :chuckle:
But they keep her nice, and she's a good working boat.  Moored on the opposite finger of me in Eliason Harbor.  :tup:
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #47 on: January 20, 2017, 11:16:01 PM »
Great idea Skillet.  I'll be following regularly!

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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #48 on: January 21, 2017, 06:49:15 AM »
Now those are some beautiful fish.  Wow.
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Re: Commercial Fishing
« Reply #49 on: January 21, 2017, 07:34:40 AM »
Now if we only had a way to bring you on as a sponser and get some of this fish on the market....how do you say.....over the rail sales?
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