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At Sea Diary

Matt MarinkovichMatt 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.

March 5-May 4, 2008 — Last year, after the computer that ran the Discovery's navigational software broke down for the last time, Mike vowed he would buy a real plotter; one with no hard drive, and just a few buttons to make the plotter do its limited number of features it was able to do. Everybody was happy with that plan. Add a comment

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March 5-May 4, 2008 — As long as the Discovery has been in service, it has had a Jenn-Air cooktop in the galley, with a griddle that interchanges with a double burner; it used to have a grill as well, but I got rid of that a long time ago when I started bringing a gas barbecue on the trip. That thing had been on its last leg for the past five years, but Mike kept tweaking the wires to make it last just a little bit longer. Add a comment

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March 5-May 4, 2008 — I've had the slippers I use on the Discovery for a long time. My wife bought them for me to replace my Birkenstocks, because I used to complain that my feet were always cold when I was longlining. So she bought me a pair of Haflingers, made of 100 percent wool felt on a cork sole, similar to a pair of Birkenstocks, but really warm. Add a comment

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March-April, 2008 — One of the things I like about fishing out in the middle of the Gulf of Alaska is the isolation from the rest of the world. All we see in any direction is water — just open horizon; maybe we'll see another boat on the horizon, but that is as close to civilization as we get out here. Add a comment

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Sunday, July 29, 2007 — Every season as the colossal run of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon surge up the rivers, bears come to feast on the salmon us gillnetters missed. Brooks Falls, which is a part of Katmai National Park, is a great place to watch the bears stalk salmon as they fight their way up a bit of rapids and a small waterfall (the falls). The National Park Service has accommodated human lookie-loos with a great bear-proof viewing platform. It is from this platform where photographers take the picture of a bear chomping a salmon out of mid-air as it is jumping up the falls. Add a comment

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Sunday, July 29, 2007 — It was true — Derrick had gone missing. We sent a couple guys out to look for him, and at the same time we alerted the park ranger, which isn't a bad thing to do when missing somebody in a bear-infested national park. Add a comment

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July 18 to Season's End, 2007 — In support of my ongoing effort to involve my family with my fishing operations, my daughter, Madeline, came up and fished the last few days of the season in Bristol Bay. Add a comment

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July 10, 2007 — With my net aboard I dropped the anchor and set to work on getting out of this mess. Some of the guys in the radio group were sort of close, but I never like taking anybody away from fishing unless it is a life-or-death situation, especially if it is for a bonehead reason like running out of fuel. We cleared the net from the back deck, pulled my spare fuel out from the lazarette, and dumped it into the tank. I tried to roll the engine over, but there just wasn't life in those abused batteries. Add a comment

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July 10, 2007 — On Tuesday, July 10, fishing was pretty good. I was fishing the first part of the ebb out by the Johnson Hill buoy. There was lots of room because everyone had run up a few miles to make a longer set before the current carried them back down to the line. The weather was clear, sunny, and a bit rough with a 25-knot wind from the south. Add a comment

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July 10-11, 2007 — By the end of Tuesday, July 10, there was scarcely a current to be had; one by one everything started fading out, especially after it got dark because I ran my deck lights. First the cell phone went, then the radios. Every light was dim, even after I quit running the deck lights; the cabin lights were less than the glow of a match. When the GPS faded away, I knew it was time to do something about this situation. Add a comment

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live is a web video series featuring the latest fishing news, product information and industry analysis by our editors. In this episode:

  • Ruling favors commercial red snapper fishermen
  • Fishermen file suit over Texas oil spill
  • Florida gov. announces oyster recovery funding
  • Hatchery salmon were 36 percent of harvest
  • Maine's new elver rules delay season start

Inside the Industry

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

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The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.

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