Matt Marinkovich’s weekly At Sea Diary entry is a popular feature of the National Fisherman Web site, and now you can post your own reflections on Matt’s experiences fishing in the Pacific Northwest and North Pacific.
Late August 2007 — A humpy, in all its abundance, is damned near impossible for me to catch with a gillnet. Maybe I have this perspective because whenever I am allowed to chase the things in the San Juan Islands it is flat calm, which doesn't lend to good humpy fishing because they just lie there with nothing better to do. When I'm pulling back sets for five or 10 fish, the purse seiner inside of me is brailing aboard 5,000 of the things.
Mid-to-Late August 2007 — With the boat pretty much ready to go, I still needed to load my net before I could go fishing. The net I had fished the previous couple of seasons was still lying on the dock, all covered up and ready to go, just as I left it. It had just a few holes that needed attention, but could easily be fished and would do a fine job. But I was convinced that net was 100 fathoms short, and I wanted to be sure I was fishing a full net for sockeye. I had a list of people waiting to buy my fish, and I wanted to make sure I had enough for my public.
Mid-August 2007 — Just because my boat was in the water, it didn't mean it was ready to go fishing. In an effort to make my life easier when I'm cleaning and icing my fish for sale on the island, I had to get my hatches set up to hold slush-bags. I also wanted to paint my hatch covers so they clean up more easily.
July 26 - August 1, 2007 — When I arrive home after Bristol Bay, all I want to do is kick back, relax, and enjoy this brief period where I have nothing demanding my attention. This state of being is always too short lived, primarily because of the sockeye run that is swimming around the San Juan Islands.
April 14-26, 2007 — Resurrection Bay Seafoods took us first thing on the morning of Saturday, April 14. Once again, they provided us the off-loaders, which freed us up to feverishly bait 45 blackcod skates. Sunday was an all-out bait-o-rama as we baited up 70 skates of halibut gear, and left at midnight that night.
April 5-6, 2007 — So at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, the Discovery crew was headed off toward Anchorage in our economy rental car. It was a tight squeeze in that ride. George, Brett and I were crammed in the back like three past-due peas nestled inside its shrinking husk. It's a 2 1/2-hour drive, but Mike was on it so we made it in 2 hours. I pointed the direction to the big hotels downtown, where the action is. George and Roald wanted to get a hotel room by the airport for some reason; those guys just don't know how to live.
April 4-9, 2007 — We were the first order of business at the Resurrection Bay Seafoods dock in Seward on the morning of Wednesday, April 4. Off-loaders were provided, which is always a bonus. We were paid an average price of $3.87 for both the halibut and blackcod, which was a great price for both. It was just a coincidence that both species had the same price, because their prices are based on totally different markets.
March 21 to April 3, 2007 — The Discovery arrived in Sitka in the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, March 21. We tied directly to the Seafood Producers Cooperative dock and awaited delivery of our first trip of the year. They started off-loading us around 10 a.m., and we had everything wrapped up in just a few hours. All totaled, we had nearly 20,000 pounds of fish aboard, which was pretty good considering we fished only one day.
March 19-21, 2007 — While we were running out to the grounds on our first Sitka trip I broached the topic, to Mike and the rest of the guys, of donating the low-priced rockfish to Fish for Teeth. It was received with skepticism, mostly because it was coming from me. I always have some complex scheme up my sleeve that is usually so confusing when I explain it to them that they often think I am up to something.
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