EXPLOSIVE combat fishing in SE
The Russian ain't got nothing on this rodeo. Check out the boat crossing the screen at 38 sec and see what happens 16 seconds later. Truly tragic!
"Let every angler who loves to fish think what it would mean to him to find the fish were gone."
The KeenEye MD
Unfortunately this isn't anything new for Sitka's herring fishery. Something like this doen't necessarily happen every year, but it certainly isn't rare. Some of those guys have been trying to "rationalize" the fishery by going to an equal-split quota system, so folks aren't racing for the monster set.
The last year that I fished the Sitka Sac Roe fishery was in 1984 and I thought that they went with the equal split fishery a couple of years later to cut down on the number of boats out there. It can get to be quite hectic with 50+ boats headed for the same Herring grounds.
The dago fleet outta Monterey, San Francisco used to ram each other, shoot at each other, cut each others nets,
Then meet on the beach and argue because each captain wanted to pay the tab for everyone else.
Nothing like California Herring fishermman. We used to cruise through the harbor in San Fran and toss lit seal bombs on the other fishing boats as a joke, usually around 2 or 3 am.
Looks about the same as dip netting from my boat at the mouth of the Kenai.
Doc, been that way a long time.
Same on the Egigik north line in Bristol Bay. Nothing tragic about it, they are driven capitalists making a living, not gentlemen practicing C&R for recreation. They're not stealing too much feed from the tyee. Relax.