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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 08:14 PM
Hello everyone, I’ve been lurking on and off for a few years and decided to pull the trigger to join.
Ok, I’m getting kinda old and I’m pretty well busted up from being in the offshore commercial fishing industry for many years. (boy, have I got a lot of stories)....
Commercial fisherman tend to be a hard bunch of guys, many fit no where else in society.
Happy to say I can exist in many worlds if need be, rich or poor.
Been married near 40 years, got lucky, found me a keeper.
Kids, grandkids, the works.
I’ve been grounded so I’m mostly home unless I have someone with me. As stated, Im pretty busted up!!!
Oh yeah, I like firearms and can shoot the *** off a fly at distance.😎
What else? Hmmm. I don’t like to cause trouble ever but I won’t run from it either.
I’m here to read, discuss, learn, educate (the sea) maybe even entertain if people enjoy good sea stories. The real kind I mean, not the crap hollyweird produces. When I figure out how to post pics I can back my stuff up with pictures etc. 🌬🌊🌊
Ok, that’s about it I guess.
See you guys in the threads.....Cheers!

posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 08:50 PM
a reply to: PiratesCut

Welcome and be afraid, very very afraid. Just kidding

Looking forward to your tales. What kind of fish did you catch offshore commercially?

posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 08:51 PM
Welcome to the site. Where did you do your fishing, what area of the world. I have known some people who fished commercially, and it is definitely hard work. They did have a sense that they were doing a service to others, a feeling of purpose. Fishing is a necessity for society, not a job that doesn't benefit people's needs.

I am sixty five and really like eating fish, must be that one point seven percent inuit genetics in me that I recently found out I have.

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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:02 PM
Hello Onlyyouknow....
Thank you for the welcome!
Although I worked many types of boats for many types of seafood the majority of my career was Sea Scallops.

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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:13 PM
Hi rickymouse.

I have mad respect for the Inuit people!
I had offers to go to Alaska before I got married but never did.
Knowing what I now do I wonder if I had would I have come back, not likely.
I have been as far North and East as the Flemish Cap and South along the East Coast to the Grand Banks,Georges Bank to Cape Canaveral into the Gulf of Mexico off The Dry Tortugasas as far West as the Bay of Campeche, North of the Yucatán Peninsula, and North to Galveston then to the Flower Garden off tarpon Springs to Tampa and back on many types of boats for so many types of fish.
I’ve replied to a couple of OP’s here with stories already.
I will post more....
Thank You for the kind welcome!!!
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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:22 PM
a reply to: Onlyyouknow

High again.
I’ll give you a teaser, I posted this earlier on another OP someone did.
It’s quicker and easier than writing something right now.

When I first started commercial fishing 99% of the Sea Scallops fleet were wooden boats, mostly built by Harvey Gamage Shipyard in Maine. I worked on them and watched as the wooden fleet was replaced by steel hulks and finally are now totally gone here. They were beautiful, rugged vessels built for Nor’west Atlantic heavy weather offshore fishing.
They are very much missed by the old salts.
Sorry if this is a thread slide! Not intended as I’m addressing the “end of an era“ part of it.
Progress it seems, good or bad, can not be stifled.
Here is something I wrote many years ago to remember this “era ending time”.......Cheers!

Boats of Wood, Men of Iron

In a boat built of wood from the mountains of Maine.

With a keel of Pasture Oak, Neptune himself couldn’t strain.

After a full days steam to the Nor ‘East Peak.

Eleven men will fish an eight day week.

Catching Scallops in both foul weather and fair, they’ll toil the decks with twenty footers everywhere.

Shucking those clams while standing at the box, the drags are hauled back, stuffed full with rocks.

The Captain climbs down and says with a sigh. “Let’s finish up boys, it’s time to fly”.

They step in close to hear what he’ll say. “It’s a Storm we have, force twelve on the way”.

With all secure it’s time that they turn, the great grey sea’s soon to boil and churn.

So go ahead storm give it your best, they’re full ahead now bearing due West.

Plunging and plowing long into the night, the Storm may lose, this crews giving fight.

As the heavens above are being torn apart, we find the crew, to a man, praying from the heart.

With first light come waves running fifty plus feet, so no rest’s to be had if the storm’s to be beat.

This grand old boat shudders, struggles to rise, as mountains of water try to claim one more prize.

With windows blown in, water cascading inside, this crew just won’t quit, they keep bucking the tide.

After jumping the shoals, rounding the corner, they see, the hurricane barrier far off to their lee.

And like a sparkling young maiden worriedly singing her tales, from across the fetch the lighthouse horn wails.

Finally tied to the dock, eleven weary men rest.

Iron strong men, New Bedford’s best!

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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:30 PM

originally posted by: PiratesCut
a reply to: Onlyyouknow

Here is something I wrote many years ago to remember this “era ending time”.......Cheers!

Hello and Welcome!

With that intro, all I can say is... please go post your art at the Short Stories thread.

You seem to have a knack... give it some free roam over there. I'd love to learn more.
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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:31 PM
good evening and welcome to you

posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:33 PM
Thank You!!!
I’m in a learning curve here...😎

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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:35 PM
Good Evening to you!!!!
Thank You very much.
I think I’ll have fun here!

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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:38 PM
Thanks for the re-direct!
I will post my first in Short Stories in your honor.
Um, that is if I can figure out how to start one there, or any thread for that matter....🧐

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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:42 PM
a reply to: PiratesCut

Welcome, feel free to share your stories from the deep, sounds great.

posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:44 PM
a reply to: PiratesCut

I love it PiratesCut; great visuals with that tale. Thank you

I have never investigated Scallop fishing before; I am going to the internets to do a deep dive into the subject now.

posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:46 PM
Look up New Bedford Massachusetts.
Youtube, Scalloping with the Courageous. I was on that boat for a year...

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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:49 PM
a reply to: PiratesCut

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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:57 PM
Thank You Grenade!!!
This place is making me want to write already.
I know this is not the place but here is one for you.

For many years I was a offshore commercial fisherman along the east coast of the USA.
Although I’ve been as far North and East as The Flemish Cap and as far South and West as The Bay of Campeche, just North of the Yucatán Peninsula, most of my years spent offshore was along the offshore waters of Georges Bank, just East of Cape Cod. I fished on many types of boats for many types of seafood.
My favorite type of fishing and where I spent the most of my years at sea working was aboard trawlers, dragging the bottom for Sea Scallops.
When we hauled the Scallop Drags aboard (one each side) they would be full of, well, whatever was on the bottom.
We’d go through the piles picking out what we wanted to keep and shovel the rest overboard through the scuppers.
The fish we’d clean and ice down in the hold at watch end but the Scallops were more work.
We’d fill baskets and run them into the cutting boxes and dump them in the long troughs at which we would stand for countless hours on end shucking those nuggets of white gold from the shell.
Millions upon millions of Scallops have I shucked during my career.
Usually there were 4 men on deck and if we were catching enough Scallops the Skipper or First Mate would also cut out alongside the wheelhouse.
(we called shucking, “cutting” or “cutting out” so don’t get confused when I use the word “cutting” etc.
When cutting we only kept the muscle the scallop uses to open and close it two shells.
Scallops also swim by the way.....jet propulsion!
The rest of the Scallop or “the guts” we’d toss over with the shells.
With 5 guys cutting there was thousands of pounds of guts going over on good days and that draws A LOT of sea life.
(you want to catch Giant Blufin Tuna? Find a Scalloper offshore and beg a bucket of guts from the guys. Set up and fish behind the boat as it works and you WILL score true Giants!)
The point....
Whales would also shadow us gorging on Scallop Guts.
The most common kind of whale to do this were the smaller Minkie Whales of which I have many pictures.
(ATS won’t let my phone download them sorry).
One day as I was running the watch as First Mate, I had a target on radar about 4 miles away that did not make sense. It was a perfect August day with deep blue skies and a glass sea, not a ripple, not a swell and no other boats anywhere on the horizon.
Being deep into the Sou’east parts I knew we were not in an area where Lobstermen place their long 100 pot trawls for “Bugs” so there should be no highflyers (radar markers) at each end of the trawls anywhere near us.
Perhaps one was adrift?
At watch end I talked to the skipper and we decided to go have a look so when we next hauled back the drags I told the boys to leave em on deck for a few minutes and go cut.
As we steamed toward the radar target we saw it was a radar reflector but it was not adrift.
The highflyer was all a tangle around the right flipper of a Humpback Whale.
One of the guys was named Buster and were we good friends and made one hell of a team or Dory Mates on deck together. Buster was one crazy and strong dude!
Sadly Buster was washed over and lost during a hard blow 150 East of Cape Cod.
(two men worked each side, handled their own drag).
Buster yells up, hey Pirate (yeah, they called me Pirate) 🤷‍♂️ lets go free it.
I looked at the skipper and he says go for it so Buster and I stripped down, each put two razor sharp rippers in our teeth and dove over with the whale calmly lying too about 40 feet off the port side.
We slowly approached and she just laid there. I was the first to gently touch and stroke the end of her flipper and she didn’t move a muscle. I took a ripper from my teeth and showed it to her while making a sawing motion.
It took maybe 15 minutes to get to this point, we went slow, so slow and talking all the time to show we were no threat.
She knew! She knew we were there to help!!!!!
Buster got behind her flipper and I eased along the front.
For a minute ? Seconds? I just looked into her huge eye that was no more than an arm length away and it was Magic, pure raw Magic!!!
That Humpback just laid too and let us cut her free.
The thing was, part of the rope had gotten buried in her flesh and what we had to do was, I’m sure, painful in the extreme. A few times she winced (when a whale winces, you know it) but she let us do what need doing.
Skipper said we were alongside her for an 8 mile drift from when where dove in, a bit less than two hours.
Anyway we got her free and the boys hauled the flyer and trailing lines on deck and helped us aboard.
Oh, when we finished Buster and I got near her head again for a couple of minutes and the 3 of us just floated there staring into each others eyes. Buster and I both complained about sore face muscles from jaw cracking grins we wore the whole lime.
And laugh, how we laughed....
The boys decided to name her Bertha. UGH!
Bertha spent 3 days and nights with us and after maybe 100 breaches she came alongside as we were handling the gear just at sunrise and turned her left eye up and just stared at us at as we stood at the rail, laughing and waving.
She dove under the boat heading East and when she was about 50 yards out she gave us one last leap, the highest I’ve ever seen a whale out of the water. And I’ve seen untold numbers of breeches.
I could go on for hours talking about The Sea and and the wonders, beauty, and yes.....the sheer terror I’ve been blessed with being a part of.
I’m old and busted up now but the Sea calls to me day and night in all weather, winter or summer.
When God one day calls me home, my ashes will enrich the Banks.


Vintage Scallop vid here. Learn a lot, not much has changed.

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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 09:59 PM
Thank You!!!

a reply to: JohnnyAnonymous

posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 10:06 PM
a reply to: PiratesCut

Great story, it just shows you that sometimes nets are the driving force behind the concept of freedom. Its difficult to cage beauty once you recognise it.

posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 10:16 PM
For those who eat fish and scallops, yet growl at the price.
Take just one trip offshore with me, to shovel rocks, snow, and pound ice.
After ONE good beating on a cold winter’s day, I guarantee, you’ll never again, gripe about the fisherman’s pay!

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posted on Sep, 10 2021 @ 10:31 PM
a reply to: PiratesCut

I wont even swim in the sea, leave that to species designed for the medium. You have my gratitude, very few things i'm afraid of but a bad experience windsurfing which was usurped by a bloom of jellyfish put me off any water deeper than my chest.

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