Caribou, Is This Where You Fish

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    I like watching these films on cold water fishing.
    Did your family fish the Bering Sea?

     
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    And people complain about the price of seafood.:facepalm::huh:
     
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    I have never fished the Bering Sea but my dad has. He fished king crab there and that pot that you saw in their net was lost by a king crabber. The Russians are known for crossing the border and will scoop up your pots if they are in the area fished by the trawl. That pot had been under for quite a while and had probably been cast over by a trawler that scooped it up previously.

    My family doesn't trawl but at various times I have trolled, long lined, fished pots, and seined. I have also dived for crab and abalone but that was sport and not commercial. Commercial fishing is the deadliest job, primarily because of the long hours and lack of sleep. One of the safety measures that Dad implemented on his boat was to wear western shirts. Western shirts have snaps instead of buttons. When you are letting out a net it can whip around and grab a button and pull you overboard. I've had a net grab a button but I would immediately grab the shirt and rip the button off. A knife removed all the other buttons shortly there after.
     
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    Very interesting I like it ! That is one heck of a job for sure. I didn't think about Russia being so rude taking things.
     
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    American trawlers may do it as well but the Russians are known for it and get most of the blame. It has occasioned more than one shot being fired by American fishermen. I know of one instance where an American rammed a Russian because of it. Then he backed off and rammed him again. The pots are expensive and you loose all the crab that they will catch for the rest of the season as they are generally not replaceable till you get back to Seattle or wherever your home port is.
     
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    I bet if I were born a man near fishing boats I'd have been a fisherman. I alway liked the water. It is a hard life but looks like a rewarding one too.
    I still want to go up north to Crows Nest ' The Perfect Storm' [one of the best books I ever read 3 times ] ,it is on my bucket list.
     
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    Not me, I have never been much of a water person. I could never get into a boat like that and go out and do that kind of fishing. I can stand on the shore and all is good. I can clean a mess of fish on the shore as well! I know that is hard and dangerous work.

    I remember a fishing trip with my parents to a local dam, so I had to be 6 or under. I was terrified to get into a boat that a man had who was going to give us all a ride because it wouldn't be still. (And no one else was going to cast my fishing line in for me. The hook caught me in the backside, but I did it myself!) :eyeballs:
     
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    Weedy water is not for everyone guess you have to live where there is plenty of it or at least real close. I have gotten hooked too.:)
     
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    I love the water and have run boats from 8' to 100'. As most here know I took a 33' sailboat across the Atlantic. That was water view property for way less than most.
     
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    Back in the mid 70’s I had a friend who went to Alaska. He came back for a few months every year and told us what he was doing up there. He was crab fishing. He would tell stories about being on the boat, up for days at a time, breaking ice off it, storms, working with waves of icy water crashing over the sides… It sounded like the most far fetched story anyone could ever come up with, it really did. How could anyone live like that for months at a time? But, he always had a lot of cash when he got back, and always went back North after visiting.



    Years and years later the show “Deadliest Catch” came on TV. I had to laugh. It was exactly what he described it to be, to the T. If I hadn’t have bought the farmstead and been remodeling it for my homestead, I was young enough and dumb enough to have gone back with him.
     
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    Sounds pretty normal to me. I worked on a tug where we kept baseball bats to beat the ice off. The ice can build up and change the center of gravity and your vessel will capsize if you get too much ice.
     
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    No I didn't know about your long voyage ,that is neat. We are too old to take on that kind of adventure now but both of us would have liked it when we were younger. Hubby can fix anything and he would have been a great sailor.
    We have been watching a young couple ' Gone With The Wynns ' who are now somewhere in the Pacific but those videos are not up on YT yet. They put in in Ft Lauderdale Fl. went to all the islands and into Panama. It was all free up til last year or so, I think they are getting greedy with their Patrion now. Anyway it has been interesting and we enjoyed all their videos both RVing and past couple years now sailing.
     
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    Heres another one Mobook,
     
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    Same ocean, different State. Oregon has some pretty dangerous bars to cross to enter or exit their harbours. Commercial fishing is the most dangerous career there is. Part of this is because the sea is unforgiving and a big part is because of lack of sleep. When I was commercial fishing I'd regularly put in a 100 hour work week. That is a five day week. On the two other days we would restock, repair, party, then go back to fishing to rest up. Everybody in the industry has lost friends.
     
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    Never fish the seven seas.
     
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