I started commercial fishing the year I graduated from high school. In the summer of 1986 I got a job working on a charter boat out of Sesuit Harbor in Dennis, MA. That summer I harpooned my first giant bluefin tuna, a 450 pounder below.
I went to college that fall and couldn't shake the fishing from my mind. As it worked out that was my first and final year of college (until I went back to school in 1999).
The following summer, with the help of a close friend I got a spot driving a bluefin tuna harpoon boat.
I worked on that boat for 7 years. We went harpooning in the summer and longlining for cod and haddock in the winter.
I got my own boat, a 44' Novi gillnetter in 1992.
I stayed fishing until the winter of 1999 when I went back to school to become a Certified Webmaster. In 2001 I sold my fishing boat and went to work on the internet full time.
I returned to fishing part time in 2007 and have been longlining and gillnetting for groundfish, harpoon and rod and reel for bluefin tuna. (Like Wicked Tuna only better.)
Here's a video of me gutting codfish off Chatham 2009. (gillnet)
50 pound halibut Fall 2010. (longline)
Bluefin tuna Summer 2011. (harpoon)
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