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.
October 28-29, 2007 — The first week of chums was a resounding success. Both nights had real good fish, and I began the extension of my fish-selling network, although not nearly as successfully as I had hoped in the metropolitan areas. The guys who went to Hood Canal later in the week had caught fish, and I was looking forward to another week of good fishing in Seattle. Add a comment
October 24-25, 2007 — After Uncle Rich went his merry way, I still had a long, long day of it on Wednesday, October 24, 2007. I had to deliver the salmon roe (eggs) from all the fish we cleaned to the processing plant in south Seattle, and then drive all the way back up to Anacortes so I could catch the 8:25 p.m. ferry to San Juan Island. Add a comment
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 — Around noontime on Wednesday, October 24, Uncle Rich and I were still exhausted from our previous night of non-stop salmon enslavement. We had before us the relatively simple task of off-loading 120 direct-market fish into my truck so I could sell them the next day on San Juan Island. Add a comment
Monday, October 22, 2007 — With Anthony on his way and all those fish soon to be paired with a worthy home, I was in a frenzied roil over the idea of selling these fish to the public. Come Thursday, I would be selling them to my own public on San Juan Island. But this was only Monday morning, and since we didn't fish again until Tuesday afternoon I figured, even though I was delirious from lack of sleep, that it would be a good idea if I cleaned just a few of the fish I still had on my boat — like 30 or so — and set up shop on the streets of Ballard to get a jump-start on the Seattle "Fish List." Add a comment
October 21-22, 2007 — I had big plans for direct fish sales from the 2007 Puget Sound chum salmon run. I lined up a couple of my more idealistic crewguys from Bristol Bay to come fishing with me, then stand on the street corner and sell fish out of my truck. I envisioned a growing Fish List in different areas around Puget Sound: Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Orcas Island... there was no end to the possibilities! Add a comment
October 7-10, 2007 — I had a helluva communication gap with the people at Shilshole Marina when I pulled in at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 7. I told them I was a gillnetter and I was going to do a little work on my boat. Even after they put me in the middle of a bunch of live-aboard yachts I told them I really didn't belong there and asked if they could move me to a less "residential" location. But no, that was all they had for me. Besides, there's live-aboards speckled throughout the marina, they said. Add a comment
Sunday, October 7, 2007 — One would think that with my boat ready to roll two weeks in advance of the opening, I could pick a window of nice weather to run it south. I could do that, but since I needed to be in Tacoma in the morning of Monday, October 8, I wouldn't have to make a special trip off island on that day if I headed out on Sunday. Add a comment
September 29 to October 3, 2007 — The best thing about gearing the Satisfaction up for the summer season was that the boat was all set to go when chum season rolled around. Last year I was installing my stern roller just hours before I was to leave for Seattle; this year the boat sat waiting, all ready to go fishing except for putting the fall net on. Add a comment
Early September 2007 — All the while as I was messing with pink salmon and gillnet rigging, Wayde was fishing for kings in Bellingham Bay. His biggest day was 20 kings on the opening day, at which time Schillie-Sauce had 60 kings, Phillip had 50, and Art had 40 king salmon. Those are some pretty good numbers, especially considering they weigh around 20 pounds each, and the price at the dock was $3.50 per pound! And to top it off, Wayde, Art, and Schillie were selling to their own market for $6 per pound. Yowsa! Add a comment
Late August 2007 — During the second humpy opening with Davis and Mike, Davis asked why my boom was lashed to my mast. I showed him my coil of rigging line and the box of blocks, and told him I haven't had the time to get the thing rigged up. He couldn't believe I had the stuff for over a year and still haven't gotten around to the job. I had to explain that right now the wife and kids trump my "vacation" fishing boat on time allocation. Add a comment
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