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From Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. Born in Missouri. Lived in Boston at 18 and took a job on a Vineyard lobster boat; been fishing ever since. Loves to fish for Black Sea Bass and Scup. Loves fishing in the Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound. Loves the independence, but feels some lost to regulation. Has seen big Sturgeon in the Atlantic Ocean. Landed a 850+ pound swordfish from a dory one day as a kid. A lot of his fish are still alive when they are loaded onto ice in the truck. He doesn’t store them in a fish hold at all so they don’t get crunched under the weight of the other fish piled on top.
From Hoonah, AK. Born in Kansas. Followed a friend up to Alaska. Always loved to fish and was happy to get paid to go fishing. Started in 1991 crewing on various vessels and bought his first boat in 1996. Loves to fish King Salmon in the outer banks of the Fairweather grounds – 80 miles off shore in the Gulf of Alaska. Loves being independent, self reliant and responsible to himself (including staying up all night eating candy). Once caught a Sturgeon Poacher in a shrimp pot – it's like a little dinosaur. Saw a one thousand pound ocean sunfish. His salmon are all immediately pressure bled and frozen at sea. The high quality leads to a far better shelf life and preserves the fresh caught flavor.
From Manomet, MA. Started fishing with current boat 15 years ago. Was in a bar and someone asked if wanted to go fishing. Became Captain after 7 years. Drawn to fishing by Freedom, after time served with the Marine Corps and had nowhere else to go. Loves to fish Cod on the Back Side of the Cape. Once caught a 22 ft, 3000 lb great white a mile off Nauset. Believes there a lot more fish in the ocean than some activist scientists lead you to believe. He takes good care of the product. He cuts the fish within minutes of it being brought on board and then into slush immediately, to get the core temp of the fish down quicker than just icing them.
From Sandwich, MA. Started long line sword fishing at age 18, out of Edgartown with a one-eyed Captain who hurled the harpoon from the pulpit and always got them. Fished out in the Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras. Always loved the ocean. Likes to catch scallops and fluke. Once caught a fighter plane's wing with two 50 caliber machine guns still mounted to its underside. He bleeds out his fish in slush ice immediately after they come on board.
From Beverly, MA. Taught by his father to fish and to appreciate. Drawn to meeting challenges and being outdoors. Likes to fish for striper and giant bluefin tuna. Knows tuna are smart, big, and strong. Once caught a 600 lb bluefin in the middle of the commercial bass fleet off Gloucester, MA. His fish are slushed as soon as they’re caught and are never held overnight, and all are caught with rod and reel.
Born into a Martha’s Vineyard fishing family. Started fishing for bass from kayaks, then an 8 ft. zodiac off the beach. Drawn to fishing by freedom and fun. Loves to fish in the canyons. Once was fishing in the middle of a lightning storm that electrified rods in rod holders to vibrate and buzz. He takes incredible care of the fish and constantly tries to improve.
From Falmouth, MA. Began fishing in 1970, after serving in the Coast Guard. Has worked for himself all along. Likes to fish in Nantucket Sound, close to home. Once caught a 19th-century corked bottle in the front of Nantucket Harbor that said “to his majesty the king”. Still has it. He believes that the level of risk that fishermen put themselves through to make a living would shock people. Now semi-retired with the risk taking. His day-boat product is very marketable.