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    Default Herring rodeo



    Check this action down in Sitka...The Japanese apparently want some Kazunoko!!





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    I'm pretty sure they're not getting that excited and jeopardizing their million dollar seine boats so 270ti has an ample supply of bait! :rolleyes





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    What caused it to list so bad?

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    I am betting they wrapped up a couple pounds more fishies than they should have

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    Quote Originally Posted by fullbush View Post
    I'm pretty sure they're not getting that excited and jeopardizing their million dollar seine boats so 270ti has an ample supply of bait! :rolleyes
    Trollers hate herring fishermen....(grin)

    Roll em!

    I'll be out with my cast net this week loading up on bait though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgpcr View Post
    What caused it to list so bad?
    Greed and stupidity, quite common amongst commercial fishermen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain T View Post
    Greed and stupidity, quite common amongst commercial fishermen.
    Nah.. He just made too good of a set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain T View Post
    Greed and stupidity, quite common amongst commercial fishermen.
    They didn't have a boom stay and the fish sounded all at once and swung the boom over . Thanks for the insult though! Stupid people usually don't have what it takes to even be in the position to make a set in Sitka. FWIW





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    600k just to buy a permit these days, to make a few sets a year for herring in that fishery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain T View Post
    Greed and stupidity, quite common amongst charter fishermen.
    fixed it for ya

    holy crap that musta been a big set... I saw some guys do a 130,000 fish set on humpies in a cost recovery once, crazy...
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    Yeah 50 permit holders makes 5.5 million in one 30 minute opener (2008) 3.8mill last year. Thats a fairly nice chunk of bidness....
    Last edited by fullbush; 04-03-2011 at 21:38. Reason: that don't sound stupid to me captTwat did you say?





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    To bad the talk is that at the price is $125 a ton. last year it was in the $600 range. they should have co-op-ed and just fished for expenses but the I can catch more fish than you attitude will never allow that. also the 2 guys that just bought permits this year for $600 probably arenít too interested in not fishing.

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    My dads neighbor once hit a herring set for 1 million dollars. I think he had somewhere around 400 tons in his one set.
    believe it was 86 or 87 and the price ended up being $2,600 a ton the highest they ever got paid.
    He paid off his brand new $750,000 54' Le Clerq purse seiner.
    He used to do Sitka herring then PWS herring and then go to Togiak for herring.
    After that Salmon season.
    Now he is retired but I wish I could have fished with him. Crew shares were pretty good back then I am sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fullbush View Post
    They didn't have a boom stay and the fish sounded all at once and swung the boom over . Thanks for the insult though! Stupid people usually don't have what it takes to even be in the position to make a set in Sitka. FWIW
    What is a boom stay? Not a comm fisher, so I don't know...

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    Had my own herring rodeo this evening. It was kinda sad, as it was pretty much over when it started. Herring were thick, and we got all we needed for bait in about 30 minutes. Never is not fun with a cast net. I have some video footage of the cast netting tonight that I'm saving for America's funniest home video. I am the worlds worst cast net thrower, and I have video proof.. Luckily the herring are so thick, the net doesn't even need to open half way.


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    270, What are the specs on that net ?

    Just the basics, did you build it yourself? Looks pretty Cool
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    It's just the one I bought down at the store. Nothing too special. It's got a special escape mechanism built into it.. (big hole)

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    Could be wrong, but I think the biggest set in history was out of Seward in the 70s. Took two tenders to pump out the seine. Boat grossed over a million on that one I think.
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    Default just a few seconds going badly, is all it takes

    There's a video over on youtube,
    of a 1500 ton set made a while back by the F/V Infinite Glory,
    might factor in to the discussion of the original post a bit,
    tho I seriously doubt that greed or foolishness had anything to do with the predicament

    The video says '08, so might be another set that I heard of,
    I thought it was just last year, the Infinite Glory wrapped up enough Herring to need Seven Tenders to pump them all off, heard it was the new record set of all time.
    (don't know how to get the video over here but here's the link)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT9_8OWtXkU

    I imagine the "Infinite" boats are buddies, if not brothers or partners,
    and even though they lost the set,
    they are apparently, some seriously good fisherman,

    Seining Herring is a very intense fishery, very fast, and fragile as all get out,
    From my experience in Togiak, I think most don't realize how difficult it is to even get that many fish corraled with your Seine, much less get the net tightened up on them before they take off for the bottom,

    Believe me, those guys made some great decisions to get there, and even greater decisions and work, both in the wheelhouse and on deck,
    to be able to get the net released and save the boat from rolling over.
    It all happens in just seconds,

    Those guys have my Full Respect, for getting out of that series of "bad seconds"

    It quite possibly could have been the Tender pulling up too quickly, before the net was pursed up tight, and spooking the fish with prop noise, that's all it would take to be a, "no fault of the Grace crew," sudden emergency, as the Herring all get together in a surge to head for the bottom.

    Hope they get on 'em next year, and all the way to the bank
    Ten Hours in that little raft off the AK peninsula, blowin' NW 60, in November.... "the Power of Life and Death is in the Tongue," and Yes, God is Good !

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    Default Few More Pics

    Here's a few more pics of the Herring involved in a huge set,

    these are of the Infinite Glory, in April of '08
    1500 tons of herring, and remember, that is a 58ft limit seiner,in the middle of all that





    Can you imagine the power involved with that much muscle, getting coordinated,

    against your rigging ?? Don't make any mistakes now,......
    Ten Hours in that little raft off the AK peninsula, blowin' NW 60, in November.... "the Power of Life and Death is in the Tongue," and Yes, God is Good !

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