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Ive posted this on 2cool, and got a buncha crap about advertising, but Ill give it a shot here as most here actually fish more than once a year.
well most of yall know my story, 15, wanna work, money not so worried, mainly learning is wat im worried.
any charter captains outta pt a ever need a hand pm me.
or anybody outts pt a that ever needs a hand pm me.

just another question...does anyone know a charter captain, if so could you refer me? ive called wharf cat, dd's, and dsh. wharf cat says 16 usually. dd's says 18. and dsh said i should talk to the captain and that sometimes they run short.


lookin for some ideas, and some people to maybe start some new thought.

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Kevin,

Have you checked with any of the party boats at the C.C. Marina? I know it isn't tuna fishing way offshore, but it might be an easier start until you turn 16. Maybe they would let you work for free on weekends just to build your skills and start your fishing resume. Just a thought.

Tom - DBG
 

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Good idea Tony!

Kevin- Make sure you noticed Tom's point of the boat letting you work for FREE.

They call this pinheading -I think- on the west coast boats.

Remember that starting out, on whatever boat, you're going to have to do ALL of the jobs that the lowest ranked DH on board doesn't want to do. And you'll be expected to be as happy as a pig in poop about it!

Good luck and remember that competence is important, but enthusiasm and attitude separate you from many others.
 

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learn how to cut bait and not your fingers....lol.. I watched Tony and Jamie cut squid in a pitching boat like no other.... I was waiting for "OUCH"... but it never came... Sounds like you have a plan... but you better watch out for them other deckies... they will have you getting fish tattoos before ya know it!!!
 

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Ive posted this on 2cool, and got a buncha crap about advertising

lookin for some ideas, and some people to maybe start some new thought.

Kevin

stick with it!.......... is all i can say*

*[with the exception of suggesting that you may wanna consider learning to hold your tongue, 'check' your attitude, and even tho 'cute', you might wanna consider a more mature avitar

none of that stuff bothers me, but i can't help but think summa what i just commented about might not necessarily win any brownie points for those that might be looking for a deckhand (and/or those that might consider recommending you for one)

i speak from experience........ not as some condescending old phart]

BOL!
 

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Haha ya i thot the avatar was funy, but maybe a little immature i guess:p
Actually in health im getting all that stuff this semester even training in cpr.
Im gonna go try to fina that partyboat on google right now. DSH is 18yrs. So maybe wharf cat is still cool with being 16.


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Kevin-

I wanted to get offshore as bad if not worse than you do when I was younger. I started working crew boats when I was 18. You will get to fish a lot more when you are working offshore, instead of untangling a bunch of numbskulls backlashes. I spent many a night floating around Auger and other platforms, just fishing my heart away. Getting paid too, instead of being tipped.

You will have to register with the Coast Guard, pass stress tests, drug tests and work hard. However, it is fun if you don't mind cleaning up and cooking for a bunch of sad lonely old resentful salts. It gets better though. After a year I got a raise and started telling the new guy what to do. "Get me some bait, bring me some coffee, untangle this backlash." lol

By the time I was 21 I had literally spent 10% of my life offshore. Years wasted! :)
 

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It was most of the time. When seas are 16 feet and you have to be there it isn't. Fortunately that wasn't often, but there were weeks when it was to rough to fish, particularly in the winter, and I was out there when I could have been home in bed. That said, do it when you are young and get in school. Get paid and be home every night. dolphinslayer can testify to that. He is probably on the water right now on a crew boat. Look him up in the member list and maybe he can help you too.
 

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I would just do it in the summer, as Im planning to go to college as of now. Would they still hire when Im 18?
 

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You have to be 18 to work on crew boats. They will not like to hear you are there to fish and only work during the summer. No hire for sure. I had to sign a contract saying I would work for 6 months when I first took the job. They invest a lot of time in a person and you have to be dependable. Your crew's lives depend on you and visa versa.
 

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And there is just a "dolphin" no "dolphinslayer"

Kevin,
I posted his picture with his 186# tuna on this board.
If you want to fish, earn enough money to fish and walk off the boat.
If you want to work 20 hour days become a deckhand, and split a $40 tip three ways for your days pay.
 

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If the age thing is a problem and you can clean fish you may be able to get a job at the fish house at deep sea hdqtrs, dolphin docks or one of those places, I dont know what the age requirements would be and I would guess the pay isnt too great but you said your looking to learn and Im sure you would learn to clean fish pretty good and really fast if you worked there.
 

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KEVIN YOU WILL MAKE A GREAT DECKHAND SOMEDAY CLEANING FISH IS A GREAT WAY TO START.WHEN I FIRST STARTED I WORKED ON A 50 FOOT DELTA AND I HAD TO CLEAN 36 HALIBUT ALL BY MYSELF EVERDAY FOR A HUNDRED DAYS STRAIGHT THATS HOW LONG OUR SEASON IS....
 
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