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Quick notes from my first fish spotting flight.

Quick notes from my first fish spotting flight.

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Commercial Fishing | 2 comments

Wayne Davis’ spotter plane. Bare-bones, old-school. No steering wheel (he drives with a stick), 2 tiny seats, one in front of the other. Single prop. There was no flight attendant, no drink service, and no bathroom. We were in the air for 6 hours. Wayne’s mission was not to find bluefin tuna for a stick boat to harpoon (what Wayne often does,...

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A fish that built a port.

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Commercial Fishing, Seafood | 3 comments

A butterfish on deck in a tote with ice, slushed down in sea water–it’s almost heaven. White flesh full of fat, the good sea fat not the potato chip kind. They’ve got beautiful silver bodies, flattened like a frisbee, tiny scales. And the fish are nearly spineless, except for a micro-spine at the base of the anal fin that can– if the...

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Abner Kingman photographs the Bering Sea.

Abner Kingman photographs the Bering Sea.

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Commercial Fishing | 4 comments

I’ve known Abner since high school. He went to St. George’s in Newport, Rhode Island. For work he takes pictures of boats and writes about them. The photos below brought him well north of the Aleutian Islands in the Bering Sea, Alaska. Abner has done work for National Fisherman, Wooden Boat, Professional Mariner, and many of the sail and...

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Monkfish to Seoul.

Monkfish to Seoul.

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Commercial Fishing, Seafood | 8 comments

New England monkfish–it’s an export market. A small amount does stay domestic, you’d think it’d be more, monkfish are delicious: broiled, baked, or grilled. But the American palate for seafood is hard to describe. I call it safe, predictable, boneless, filleted. Your average American would have no idea what to do with a whole...

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A friend hip-deep in Alaskan pollock.

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Commercial Fishing | 4 comments

Here are some photos from Jake Everich, a friend of mine who fished in Rhode Island, but is now fishing in Alaska. In the photos below, he’s the one facing the camera. They’re pollock fishing. I don’t know much about Alaskan pollock, but I do know that it’s very tightly managed and quite profitable for those in it. In the US, the...

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FISHING IS

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Commercial Fishing | 1 comment

The beauty of it is how alone you can be.   All you often see are hoods, backs, oil jackets. Days of this, hours. You can be so inside your own head, thinking every little bit of your life through, to the tiniest detail. Yet at the end of the trip you have no idea what you’ve actually figured out. Then–and it happens fast–fishing gets...

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