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AK fishing job
« on: January 22, 2017, 09:11:56 PM »
Hello everyone. I am a 19 year old who wants to work on an fishing boat in a Alaska. I have been sport fishing all my life, my father was a sport fishing guide in south east Alaska and my family lived up there for many years. I live here in washington now and am currently employed at a excavation/septic construction company, I am the youngest one there by far,(closest to me is 27) and in only 6 months I have moved passed laborers that have worked there for 3 years, and am running machines (excavators, skid steers, driving dump trucks), I am the only laborer that runs machines of the four of us. I worked many 50 and 60 hour weeks this summer, and am not afraid of hard work. I can Tie leaders and many other nots. I have done a little gill netting around the puget sound with my dad and his friend, nothing too serious though, and I some have net mending skills. I am 210lbs and can bench and squat more than that. sorry if all that sounded like bragging I'm not that type of person, I'm just trying to make the case that I am a very hard worker. I would be interested in doing literally anything, dragging, long lining, gill netting, seining. I am not one of those tweakers looking for a job, I make plenty where I am now, Im doing this because I love challenge, and want to learn. I am not asking for anyone to just hand me a job but if you know someone who could use a deckhand, or even know someone who might know someone, I would love to get in touch. any info helps and every no gets me closer to a yes.
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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2017, 09:23:45 PM »
Kyle, you might be a few months early, but here is how you find that job.  Go down to the terminal (meaning, Fisherman's Terminal), right in front of the Port of Seattle office, in front of Chinook's cafe.  Walk the docks.  There will be few boats working right now (meaning, repairing their nets, working on engines, painting the boats) because it is too cold, and the days are too short.  But come March or so, many of the boats tied up at the terminal will spring to life.  Just call out to the crew or the captain, from the dock, and ask for a job.  Also, go into the port office.  If you are handy as a mechanic you might find paying work right now. 
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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2017, 09:28:41 PM »
Thanks so much for the info man, would you suggest I do that now or in a few months?

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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2017, 09:30:09 PM »
Could check craigslist.  When they do advertise, though, it's usually for the mega fishing platforms like the dragger-processors.   

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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2017, 09:38:48 PM »
Thanks so much for the info man, would you suggest I do that now or in a few months?

Does your dad have a Puget Sound gill net permit or something?

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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2017, 09:42:36 PM »
And so it begins.... 👮
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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2017, 09:44:10 PM »
duckslaer89- yes he did, him and his best friend were leasing it, never made a bunch of money, needless to say I didn't get paid either just in experience.

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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2017, 09:45:41 PM »
duckslaer89- yes he did, him and his best friend were leasing it, never made a bunch of money, needless to say I didn't get paid either just in experience.
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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2017, 09:49:28 PM »
And so it begins.... 👮

 :rolleyes: just trying to see what experience he has

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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2017, 09:58:09 PM »
And so it begins.... 👮

 :rolleyes: just trying to see what experience he has
heres a video of it. I'm not in this just my dad and his friend. as you can see very small scale, but I did log a lot of hours on that boat.

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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2017, 10:13:50 PM »
And so it begins.... 👮

 :rolleyes: just trying to see what experience he has
heres a video of it. I'm not in this just my dad and his friend. as you can see very small scale, but I did log a lot of hours on that boat.

That's cool dude I wished I would have went SE gill netting my buddy owns a boat he does well. Cool thing about gill netting is most of it is inside waters. Nice and calm. You should post something on salmontrolling.com.

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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2017, 10:36:27 PM »
Thanks so much for the info man, would you suggest I do that now or in a few months?

If you have some time during the week, go down to the terminal, and walk the docks.  Look for the seiners, and just start knocking on doors.  In most cases they will need a greenhorn.  It is early yet, but you might get a few leads.  Do this every couple of weeks.  When you meet somebody who owns or works a seine boat, pump them for information.  "Do you know somebody I could call?" Honestly, a lot of the new hires turn out to be problems (drugs, lack of commitment, etc.), so if you are genuine you should have no problem finding several good opportunities.  Do ask at the port office. 

Finally, fishermen are full of baloney, so go in with your eyes wide open, 'k? 
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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2017, 10:41:05 PM »
Thanks so much for the info man, would you suggest I do that now or in a few months?

If you have some time during the week, go down to the terminal, and walk the docks.  Look for the seiners, and just start knocking on doors.  In most cases they will need a greenhorn.  It is early yet, but you might get a few leads.  Do this every couple of weeks.  When you meet somebody who owns or works a seine boat, pump them for information.  "Do you know somebody I could call?" Honestly, a lot of the new hires turn out to be problems (drugs, lack of commitment, etc.), so if you are genuine you should have no problem finding several good opportunities.  Do ask at the port office. 

Finally, fishermen are full of baloney, so go in with your eyes wide open, 'k?

Right now would be a perfect time to head to Port Townsend during the week and hand your name and number out at the dry docks. Write it down on like 10 pieces of paper and hand them out. Even a tending job for the summer on a crab boat or something in southeast would be cool.

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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2017, 12:34:43 AM »
looks like we got ourselves a wanna be greenhorn here


ya got spirit kid, and thats a start.


right now, the local guys are doing dungies, and in a few months will be switching over to shrimp, most of those guys run smaller boats and have a skip and a deckhand, so, wouldnt recommend learning with crab pots

wouldnt really recommend fishing in WA at all for yiur first experience, like some if the guys said, fishermans terminal is a great place, but it depends ln what you wanna do, and a huge mistake you could potentially make is going to one kf the large companies ie Trident, Icicle, Ocean Beauty, American Gold, Glacier.... all of those big companies are looking for kids and greenhorns, and they are gknna stuff you deep down in the cargo hold of a 300 foot factory boat either in the freezer hold in =40 temps and never see the sun, or, onnan assembly line bent over in a factory deep innthe ships bowells. AVOID The big companies at first

go dock stomping, start showing up, hanging out, asking questions, start *censored*ting, and making friends. some of the nicer and more reputable boats have a no pot policy, so, take that into consideration. all the boats should be dry boats meaning no booze. and you gotta work on some crappy boats before you are given the privelage of being allowed to work on a nice boat, and its easy to screw it up, some of rhe best boats have a zero monkey buisness policy.

ive worked on some crappy boats, last time I went seining, ibwas engineer but our deckhand couldnt keep a needle out of his arm and was on heroin the whole season, so you need to pay attention to the guys around you, that dingbat could pile the boat up on rocks in the middle of rhe njght, or hit something on deck and mess up somebodys leg and end the season.

id reccomend seining, to me, its the biggest adventure that a virgin greenhorn can get into. ask for theier past catch reports, ask for the fish forcast (yes thats real) and keep your mouth shut and listen and pay attention and yes sir no sir with the captain, and take the *censored* from the other guys, seriously, bend over and take it, and dont bitch, its an almost ritualistic right to haze a greenhorn, more of a sport, but, if you can handle it, you eventually become one of the guys. my first skipper would shoot at me with a bb gun to get me to work faster so.....

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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2017, 12:37:54 AM »
lots of oppertinities, and the bjggest piece of equipment you can bring is a good attitude and dont whine about jellyfish.

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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2017, 07:32:23 AM »
looks like we got ourselves a wanna be greenhorn here


ya got spirit kid, and thats a start.


right now, the local guys are doing dungies, and in a few months will be switching over to shrimp, most of those guys run smaller boats and have a skip and a deckhand, so, wouldnt recommend learning with crab pots

wouldnt really recommend fishing in WA at all for yiur first experience, like some if the guys said, fishermans terminal is a great place, but it depends ln what you wanna do, and a huge mistake you could potentially make is going to one kf the large companies ie Trident, Icicle, Ocean Beauty, American Gold, Glacier.... all of those big companies are looking for kids and greenhorns, and they are gknna stuff you deep down in the cargo hold of a 300 foot factory boat either in the freezer hold in =40 temps and never see the sun, or, onnan assembly line bent over in a factory deep innthe ships bowells. AVOID The big companies at first

go dock stomping, start showing up, hanging out, asking questions, start *censored*ting, and making friends. some of the nicer and more reputable boats have a no pot policy, so, take that into consideration. all the boats should be dry boats meaning no booze. and you gotta work on some crappy boats before you are given the privelage of being allowed to work on a nice boat, and its easy to screw it up, some of rhe best boats have a zero monkey buisness policy.

ive worked on some crappy boats, last time I went seining, ibwas engineer but our deckhand couldnt keep a needle out of his arm and was on heroin the whole season, so you need to pay attention to the guys around you, that dingbat could pile the boat up on rocks in the middle of rhe njght, or hit something on deck and mess up somebodys leg and end the season.

id reccomend seining, to me, its the biggest adventure that a virgin greenhorn can get into. ask for theier past catch reports, ask for the fish forcast (yes thats real) and keep your mouth shut and listen and pay attention and yes sir no sir with the captain, and take the *censored* from the other guys, seriously, bend over and take it, and dont bitch, its an almost ritualistic right to haze a greenhorn, more of a sport, but, if you can handle it, you eventually become one of the guys. my first skipper would shoot at me with a bb gun to get me to work faster so.....
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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2017, 08:26:33 AM »
Easy to find a job in AK, but it takes doing your homework to find a good skipper on a good boat that will pay you fairly.  Don't just settle for any job on a fishing boat.  Ask around about who the good skippers are with lots of fishing knowledge and equipment in good shape.  Make sure your boss pays his crew and keeps his word.  Then you got yourself a good job worth your time!  Good luck! 
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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2017, 10:14:08 AM »
There was is some good advise above!

Fisherman's terminal in seattle, port Townsend, Anacortes and Bellingham have pretty good sized fishing fleets. Walk the socks on a regular basis and the deckhands and skippers will start to recognize you. Be polite and don't interrupt, listen to what they have to say! If you're serious and do it on a regular basis the people on the boats will see that. Also ask what to do to prep for the season physically, it can really help you out and keep you from hurting, bad! It will also help you keep up with the other deckhands.
Most seasons are long, seining is July through September, the longline season can go from march to June, dungi crab can be November through January. Some are short, Bristol bay sockeye is early June to mid July, king crab in October.
If you are serious about it and learn everything you can you can make a great career commercial fishing, just invest your paychecks you get at the end of the season, don't blow them! Have a good season, buy some stocks instead of partying it away!

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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2017, 10:47:29 AM »
specialT, it was a red ryder.... old Pollack would sit up on the flybridge with an 18pack and a red ryder, half the time you had no idea what he was saying and the more he drank the meaner he got, hed be on the deck as if hed teleport and get in your face if you have once ounce of lip, or if he thought yiu were gonna give lip...

oh, btw, make sure you get a contract and a percentage, a horn should start at 7.5-8% on a seiner. might seem low, but consider I used to get paid 3.5% when I was crabbing, of course 3.5% on 1.5 million pounds of crab adds up, as engineer on the seiner I was getting 12%, you arent gonna get rich your first season, you are gonna have to go thru the hazing but the man thing is showing up and sharing rhe misery with the rest of the guys and not complaining or whining or bothering the skipper. he isnt your friend, hes the boss, so, dont ask him stupid questions, you are part of the crew so take your questions to the deck boss

helps if you can cook and be a good lil housewife for the boat, kiss ass and cook good food and thats a secret way in  to better pay

oh, and suds up joy boy, get used to washing dishes. ALL the dishes, thats your other job, dont barter with the crew for dish days, just shut up and do em un asked and keep the interior of the boat clean mop at least twice a week whether it needs it or not, and ALWAYS wash the wheel house windows inside and out the moment you kit the dock, prioritise filling water tanks and removing all tash the moment you hit dock.
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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2017, 11:02:22 AM »
Good stuff here, listen to these guys.  Especially the part about jumping in and doing the drudge work without being told.  Nothing gets a guy more opportunities than not making the skipper repeat himself.
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« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2017, 11:04:34 AM »
Good stuff here, listen to these guys.  Especially the part about jumping in and doing the drudge work without being told.  Nothing gets a guy more opportunities than not making the skipper repeat himself.

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« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2017, 11:10:19 AM »
Look on Alaska Craigslist. There are a few positions already. I like the one thats a deck hand on one of the charters. $275 A DAY  plus tips.
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« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2017, 11:14:28 AM »
I used to use the Gamo single pump, but went through too many deckhands that way.  Back to that classic RedRyder again.   I've found all they need to hear is the bb's rolling down the magazine when you shoulder it, and that elicits the desired response. :chuckle:

I'm a drug free boat.  I typically tell hands: Yes, pot is legal in WA, and yes, pot is legal in AK.  But pot is still a federally controlled substance, and since I'm a Coast Guard Documented Vessel, we follow the federal rules.  They sign an acknowledgement in the crew contract that says they understand and will abide.  I tell them in no uncertain terms that if I find pot -or any other illicit materials - on my boat I will immediately go to town and let them off.  At the Coast Guard dock.
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« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2017, 11:17:44 AM »
Good stuff here, listen to these guys.  Especially the part about jumping in and doing the drudge work without being told.  Nothing gets a guy more opportunities than not making the skipper repeat himself.

Skillet what's your choice of BB gun, and stance on hands using drugs on the boat?

aint skillet, but, there is always gonna be that one guy in the crew who has weed, thats unavoidable, even if there is a zero tolerance policy, somebody will always have a stash. most skippers know somebody might have it, and if its out of sight andnobody smells it, you can usually get away with it. anything else tho.... zero tolerance period. now on the other extrwme, we did sneak 86'cases of ranier up to cordova and a pound of weed when we tendered one summer.... smoked all the grass in 2months and sold the beer for 40$an 18 pack.... our temp skip hated us.. but, that was in part the fault of the other crew members, it was thier idea, thier plan, and being low man on the totem pole, I got roped into it, so, let that be a lesson to the horn, just cuz the other guys do it, doesnt mean its a good idea, and integrity in yourself might not make you as much as one of the guys, but, when the boat owners debrief the skipper at the end of the season, it aint gonna be your ass on the chopping block

wouldnt fly if we were acctually fishing tho, tendering you can get some things...

truth be told, there is no place for it on a work boat, too many other ways to get hurt without some yahoo blazing up and not paying attention. I enjoy the green here after work, but not fishing, and now that ive started entering the engineer realm, absolutley not at all in a season. being eligible for my AB, not gonna risk a maritime career on it. save it for when you get home.
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Re: AK fishing job
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2017, 11:19:21 AM »
I used to use the Gamo single pump, but went through too many deckhands that way.  Back to that classic RedRyder again.   I've found all they need to hear is the bb's rolling down the magazine when you shoulder it, and that elicits the desired response. :chuckle:

I'm a drug free boat.  I typically tell hands: Yes, pot is legal in WA, and yes, pot is legal in AK.  But pot is still a federally controlled substance, and since I'm a Coast Guard Documented Vessel, we follow the federal rules.  They sign an acknowledgement in the crew contract that says they understand and will abide.  I tell them in no uncertain terms that if I find pot -or any other illicit materials - on my boat I will immediately go to town and let them off.  At the Coast Guard dock.
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