If you go to The Discovery Channel and search Deadliest Catch, you will find the dvd’s on sale for about $50.00, I am getting the set for my husband, as he has been fishing through the entire series. I will probably send a few sets as gifts to my family in the Lower 48.
The different fisheries seem to meld into each other, but IIRC the opie season closed after just three days, a record. As for the “big money”, well, this year my husband made a good crew share, but last year it was a very small settelment, IMHO not worth the risk. He has come back from herring grateful that the skipper paid for his plane ride home, arriving with empthy pockets. Fishing is a huge gamble, and with the price of fuel lately it’s often hard for the skipper to break even. The processors pay chicken feed in comparison to the price crab fetches on the market.
The price differential applies to all the fisheries. Right now my husband is out salmon fishing, and the price for reds (sockeye) is .56 cents a pound. The salmon boat he has been on for 11 years regularly catches a million pounds of pinks a summer in order to make a decent settelment, along with as much of the other speicies of salmon as possible. The salmon boat he is on is a regular highliner, which means they are out all season, beating the water for fish when other boats come in and out of town. (www.legaseacharters
It is a comfort to read the reactions to the show. I can tell you there is a lot you aren’t seeing or hearing, but it’s enough, and it is my hope that this will bring awareness that when Alaska crab (and other seafood) is eaten Outside, it comes at a great risk to these ocean cowboys. Requiem Jane, I am sorry about your uncle, and hope that he has no lingering incapacities from his accident. So far the worst that has happened to my husband was when he was fishing a halibut (longline) opener, and a hook caught his glove liner. It ripped the glove off, thank God, but also ripped a chunk out of the back of his hand, it’s a nasty scar. His best friend/deck buddy ripped the muscle tissue in his back, and every time it heals a bit the muscle tissue rips away from the scar tissue again. He is now working as the engineer on the boat.
Any women who are thinking these guys are awesome, which they are, and are thinking about the ratio of men to women, remember our saying, “The odds are good, but the goods are odd”!!!