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Written by Leslie Taylor
Take a look at our last seven crew shots covers and see if you spot and familiar names, boats or places.
2013 - Off Small Point, Maine, Greg Gilliam, Clint Wallace, Eric Wallace, Brett Gilliam, and Dave Wallace Jr. load fish from their mackerel pound into a dory boat. They use lobster boats to haul the dory out to the pound.
2012 - Paul Kuncho and Daniel Goethel fishing for whiting (silver hake) southwest of the Isles of Shoals on the 44-foot Ellen Diane, a stern trawler out of Hampton, N.H. One 45-minute tow yields 101 boxes (10,000 pounds) of herring, silver hake and red hake.
2011 - Aaron Blastow (left) and Sean White. The vessel is the Carol Coles, an off-shore lobster boat out of Portsmouth, N.H.
2010 - Top row, from left:
The Wallace family: Clint, Eric, Granville Jr., Dudley and Granville Sr. on the Captain Zack, Phippsburg, Maine.
Bill Doherty and Mike Kohler on the Ishmael, Hingham, Mass.
Gavin Maxwell, Brad Erickson and Jason Gradt on the Tokeland, Willapa Bay, Wash.
Lee Kopenhefer on the Olinka, San Francisco
Sara Arnette and J. Baumann on the Blackjack, Port Canaveral, Fla.
Andy Herbert and Michael Aiello on the Lauri Lyn, Naknek, Alaska
Danny Foreman on the Gulfstream 1, Carolina Beach, N.C.
Randy Freese, Kody Kellison, Eric Bohannon and Ken Noble on the Alsea, Seattle
2009 - Top row from left:
Bobbie McNeley, Jack Nelson and Jenny Johnson on the I Sweetie, Nelson Lagoon, Alaska
David Floyd and Scott Floyd, Pascagoula, Miss.
Philip Ruhle III on the Sea Breeze, Newport, R.I.
Justin Jones and Garret Donovick on the Contender, Coos Bay, Ore.
Kevin Sweet and Chris White on the Mary Baker, Kittery Point, Maine
Max Hames on the Karen II, Nushagak River, Alaska
I.D. Midgett Sr. and I.D. Midgett Jr. on the Miss Bertie, Salvo, N.C.
Chris Petersen and Alan Petersen on the Maggie Lynn, Muskegon, Mich.
2008 - Top row, from left:
Nellie and Jem Pedicord on the F/V Littleton, Cordova, Alaska
“Cousin Matt” Damigella on the F/V Mary Baker, Asia Rip, Mass.
Bobby Maki on the F/V Terri Sue, Shinnecock, N.Y.
Capt. Jonathan Bunce, F/V Bridget Leigh Rye, N.H.
Evan, Adam and Hanna Peterman on the F/V Iver P. Nore, Noyes Island, Alaska
Sophie O’Connell on the F/V Kathy Ann, Bristol Bay, Alaska
Keith Edens, Ray Edens, Jake Reddernick, Mark Edens on the F/V Lady Kay, Valdez Arm, Alaska
Edward Beam and son Bradey on the F/V Cohorona, Sitka, Alaska
2007 - Top row, from left:
Lynn Guitard, Aaron Ficek and “barn door” on the F/V Seahawk, Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Tom Stickel on the F/V Regina, Morro Bay, Calif.
Alyssa Erikson on the F/V Harvest Moon, Gloucester, Mass.
Laurrie “Dickie-Bird” Wickens and Al Henneberry on the F/V Dream Warrior,
East Jeddore, Nova Scotia
Scott Mitchell, 10, and Mike Kohler on the F/V Ishmael, Hingham, Mass.
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