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Offline Tunacious

After three years of commercial fishing, I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.

To make a little money commercial fishing, you have to start off with a lot of money.    :bigshock: :jester:

Tomorrow morning Im leaving for Port Orford to be there for the opener of the commercial salmon season.

Wish me luck.

My wife keeps telling, me she doesn't thing this commercial fishing gig is working out.   :shark:

This year I'm taking my wall tent and stove.  Going to camp in Blanco State Park.

Trying to keep my expenses down.  Last year I stayed in a motel.

Im hoping to stay at least a couple of weeks if the fish are there and biting.

If things go really well I am prepared to stay there until Thanksgiving.   :food: :lowdown:

I'll try and give a report once in a while.

Walt
2003 Sea Ranger 21' HT
2003 130 Honda

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2017, 07:43:23 PM »
Good luck and good fishing!
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Offline Tom Mac

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2017, 07:45:55 PM »
Good luck with your salmon season, think you need a RV! but that is even more money!
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Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2017, 07:47:11 PM »
Looking forward to your posts. GL.
Bob...
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Offline La-Z-Buoy

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2017, 07:48:37 PM »
Good luck Walt. I think you've got the busiest little Arima in the world. Hope the seas calm down for you. Surf report says 10 to 16 foot surf Thursday and Friday here.
Richard

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Offline Wiley

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2017, 08:22:31 PM »
Living vicariously through you. Calm seas and good fishing to ya  :bowdown:
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Offline Markshoreline

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2017, 09:11:03 PM »
All the best, Walt.  That sounds like quite an adventure!
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Offline First Cabin

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2017, 06:32:11 AM »
Curious what run of salmon that commercial season targets.  What’s the quota?  Interesting.  Our season ends and yours starts!  Good luck.  I’ve never been there, but I hear the weather down there is fantastic even in winter.  Called the banana belt?
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Offline BestBoats

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2017, 07:59:51 AM »
Let the blood letting begin!
Remind your wife how much money you would be spending if you were just fishing and not selling the fish. If you can break even and pay to keep the boat running and gear that's worth a lot!
As we all know the fishing addiction is expensive. But at least it's good for you!  :beerchug:
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Offline Tunacious

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2017, 09:14:17 AM »
Curious what run of salmon that commercial season targets.  What’s the quota?  Interesting.  Our season ends and yours starts!  Good luck.  I’ve never been there, but I hear the weather down there is fantastic even in winter.  Called the banana belt?

They call this a bubble fishery.  Just a small bubble of area that they allow the commercial fisherman into to keep some fresh salmon on the market.

The area we are fishing is right off the beach just north of Port Orford.

Most of us fish in front of the Elk River.  The Elk River does not have an estuary so the salmon lay in the ocean waiting to go up the river.  If it rains a lot the fish keep entering the river and the commercial season is not as good.

A little further up the coast is the Sixes River.  I have never gone up there but some of he guys will venture up there on occasion.

There is a daily quota of 20 fish per boat.  I am not sure if there is a overall group quota for the year.

The fishery is somewhat limited because there is no boat launch and Port Orford Port only has a crane to lift the boats into and out of the water.  A person has to have his boat set up with straps and lifting points.

Below is a couple of photos from last years trip. 

The guy holding up the fish is a friend of mine that wanted to be a deck hand for a couple of days.  He must have gotten the fish bug because he went from being a first time ever deck had on my boat to finding a boat on Bristol Bay that took him on as a deck hand all last summer.  He came home from Bristol Bay talking about buying a boat for the Bristol Bay fishery.   :hoboy: :doh:
I told him to stay in nursing school and get a part time or seasonal job fishing.   :yeahthat:





2003 Sea Ranger 21' HT
2003 130 Honda

Offline GregE

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2017, 10:11:50 AM »
Lock your gas filler caps.......

Greg
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Offline Kimbrey

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2017, 10:26:08 AM »
Wall tent......Hmmmmm I have a nice Eagle Cap slide in truck camper that I'll sell.  Generator, microwave, refer et cetera. 
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Offline Tunacious

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2017, 01:26:36 PM »
On my way.
 I had to stop at Home Depot and pick up a couple of things I forgot
 Regarding those locking gas caps, I brought along my new Keltech PMR 30.
It's a 22 Magnum semi auto that holds 31 rounds

2003 Sea Ranger 21' HT
2003 130 Honda

Offline GregE

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2017, 01:34:03 PM »
Be safe Walt!!

Nice view of the travel mode.
Greg
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Offline Tunacious

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2017, 10:39:15 PM »
Rolled into Cape Blanco State Park about 5:30 pm today.

The spot I wanted was opened. I wanted the spot right across from the park host so he could keep an eye on my camp.

I got my tent squared away well after it got dark.

Got my little chest freezer inside the tent to keep my 2 cases of herring frozen.

My fridge is running and has a few beers along with some grub.

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a gravity feed pellet stove on Craig's list for $200.

I got the stove going and I'm going to have to open a window. This stove should work great for drying my clothes out. 

I like to hang an American flag when I'm camping. I'll get the flag up tomorrow.

I attached a few photos of my Port Orford fish camp 2017.







« Last Edit: October 14, 2017, 11:02:00 PM by Tunacious »
2003 Sea Ranger 21' HT
2003 130 Honda

Offline wedocq

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2017, 07:52:14 AM »
Looks like a sweet fish camp Walt! I checked out that handgun. It says it's just 13.6 ounces, wow! What's it weigh with the 30 rounds? Haha
-Shawn
2002 21' Arima Sea Ranger HT  Suzuki DF175 4-stroke.
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Offline Tunacious

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2017, 02:39:07 PM »
2003 Sea Ranger 21' HT
2003 130 Honda

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2017, 05:05:13 PM »
The camp looks BADA$$!. I hope you slay um!
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Offline rasslingref

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2017, 05:07:34 PM »
Good luck Walt. Wrestling season is just around the corner.


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Offline Tunacious

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2017, 05:14:47 PM »
Wrestling season is upon us for sure.
Only one in the box. There is a couple guys out here who just slay the fish.
I'm not one of them. If this was my only pay check I'd starve.
I look good doing it in my Arima though.
2003 Sea Ranger 21' HT
2003 130 Honda

Offline GregE

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2017, 10:49:14 PM »
Styling is important   :wink:
Greg
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Offline Tunacious

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2017, 12:33:48 PM »
I wish I had gotten this one in the boat.

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2003 130 Honda

Offline BestBoats

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #22 on: October 16, 2017, 05:34:26 PM »
I know a guy who sells Tuna bellies. I could hook you up with him then you could put them in the Brads cut plug lure and slay them :biggrin:
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150 Evinrude Etec
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Offline Markshoreline

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2017, 07:05:45 PM »
That must have been a huge fish!

Walt, you may want to put a tarp over your tent if your area will be getting the weather we will for the next week or so...
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Offline BestBoats

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2017, 07:31:39 PM »
I wish I had gotten this one in the boat.



BIG salmon!
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Offline Tunacious

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2017, 08:11:29 PM »
I fought him to the boat and gaffed him in the head.
As I tried to lift him into the boat he flipped off the gaff.
He was pissed.
I have 20 feet of leader I have to pull in by hand.
I tried getting him back to the boat but he straightened the hook.
I lost another big one at the boat after that.
I decided to Club him in the head before I gaffed him.
I didn't get a solid whack on his head and pissed that one off also.
He pulled the hook out.

I tried using a brads super plug today with a flasher and without a flasher. 
Didn't get a bite on it.
The wind was so bad it was hard to slow the boat down enough for the super plug.
When dragging Herring we troll about 3.5 knots.
All the other small boats quit today at about noon.
My little Arima was fishing next to the larger local boats.
2003 Sea Ranger 21' HT
2003 130 Honda

Offline Markshoreline

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #26 on: October 16, 2017, 08:39:10 PM »
Hang in there, you'll get them!
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Offline Marine40

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #27 on: October 16, 2017, 09:08:30 PM »
This sounds like a great fishing trip.
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Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2017, 08:25:02 AM »
Sounds like a great trip!  Thanks for the post - it's fun to hear about others' experiences! 
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Offline Tunacious

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2017, 01:01:29 PM »
Fishing is pretty slow today. One fish about 20 lbs is all so far.
Big storm coming in tomorrow. Probably going home for a few days.
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2003 130 Honda

Offline Threeweight

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #30 on: October 17, 2017, 03:00:10 PM »
Chetco River fish?

Have friends who go down every year to target the wild Chetco fall chinook are brutes.  Some 5 year old, 40# monsters in the mix.
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Offline Tunacious

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #31 on: October 17, 2017, 08:32:28 PM »
Elk river fish.
I turned in one 22 lb gutted fish today.
Pay check was $200.
I don't know who buys these fish. Not me.
Crazy
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2003 130 Honda

Online AlexB

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #32 on: October 18, 2017, 03:20:26 PM »
Why not net them? Trying to keep the scales intact so they look pretty?


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Offline Tunacious

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #33 on: October 19, 2017, 05:39:52 PM »
Some guys net them. For me I find it easier to gaff them.
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2003 130 Honda

Offline GoodDays

Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #34 on: October 20, 2017, 01:10:46 PM »
Do you ever fish Plugs ?  Tomics would be my choice. Something with some yellow and colour.

GoodDays Greg

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Re: I finally learned how to make a little money commercial fishing.
« Reply #35 on: October 26, 2017, 09:15:29 PM »
How did your trip go? Any updates?
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