Fish Radio
November 4, 2013
  

Kodiak fishermen’s favorites and least favorites about fishing
 
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini – – – It’s a love hate relationship when it comes to a career in commercial fishing. More after this –                

A day in the life ...  Credit: afdf.org

A day in the life …
Credit: afdf.org

      
 
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Where another day at the office is common to most, it’s another day on the water for professional fisherman. Fish Radio asked Kodiak fishermen their favorite and least favorite things about fishing.

What is your Favorite thing about fishing –
• My favorite thing about fishing is getting paid really well to hang out with my close friends, work hard and listen to really loud music.

• Being outside, outdoors, and killing fish.

• I like coming home to my family.

• Paycheck, actually the time off also.

• I work indoors so it’s nice to be able to get outside and work hard, and get back to my roots because I always grew up with it. So it’s good memories, hard work, and you can’t complain about the money.

• Sovereignty, sovereignty seriously. You take a crab boat two hundred miles off shore, you’re the skipper, you’re the closest thing to a sovereign on the face of the earth. It’s all on you.

• I like to be out on the water, and you get to see a lot of cool places you wouldn’t see otherwise.
 
What is your least favorite thing about fishing –
• Going to Bristol Bay and tendering.

• Bucking into it in a fiberglass boat.

• Grouchy crew members.

• Being away from my family.

• Waiting to deliver.

• On the slow seasons its really frustrating when you’re not making any money and it’s a boom or bust.

• Crewmen. Because crews are like kids, no matter how good they are you always wonder what they are going to do next and what kind of trouble they are going to get in, and you feel like you’re a daddy all the time being a skipper.

So like any job there is the good and the bad. But for commercial fisherman it’s more than just a job, it is an adventure.

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – serving Alaska’s fishing communities since 1910. On the web at www.oceanbeauty.com .. In Kodiak, I’m Stephanie Mangini.

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