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    I commercial fish albacore tuna in the summer months of the British Columbia coast. Thought I'd share the boat and some gear with you guys. Any questions please ask.
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    Your boat is spotless! It always look like that or is it new?

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      #3
      It was built in 79. 6v92 for a main and a 4b auxilary for all the freezing. Thanks for that. We only fish tuna so with my 9 month long off-season we keep her looking pretty

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        #4
        These are what we found to be the best colors and a couple of the attractors we use. Barbless hooks to get the gear back in the water as soon as possible. We ve had bites that last 4 to 6 hours and we will pull in up to 500 fish in such a short amount of time. Maximum we can freeze per day is around the 700 fish mark
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          #5
          I'm pretty well versed in commercial refrigeration and the older engines as well as any system used for navigation or living needs(inverters plumbing exetra) any boat related stuff I can ussualy help with

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            #6
            Sweet! Boat looks amazingly clean, especially compared to the shrimp boats I see around here.

            Whatโ€™s the average size for the tuna yโ€™all catch?

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              #7
              Originally posted by Island rules View Post
              I'm pretty well versed in commercial refrigeration and the older engines as well as any system used for navigation or living needs(inverters plumbing exetra) any boat related stuff I can ussualy help with
              I guess you have to be in the line of work your in. Calling the repair guy while at sea or having to go back to the port for a simple fix certainly wouldn't be very profitable.


              I still cant get over how clean that boat is! I grew up in RI around the ocean and fishing boats. The only ones I ever saw that clean were brand new, and they didn't stay like that very long. Truly impressive.

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                #8
                Average size is around15 lbs for albacore. They get to about 120 lbs though. So its not like the bluefin fishery. I'd almost equate it to smallmouth bass onland. They bite hot and heavy its the numbers that make us money. A full boatload is arounc 4000fish at 15lbs. But we have filled it in 1800 before. Thanks for the compliments guys. All the other boats accuse us of being yachtys lol. We normally fish in between 50 to 300 miles off shore but I have gone over the date line in this boat and been 200 miles from Dutch Harbour in Alaska ๐Ÿ˜† we pack 4500 gallons of fuel
                And can do 45 days at sea
                Last edited by Island rules; 07-01-2020, 12:49 AM.

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                  #9
                  Damn that's cool. How'd ya end up in that line of work? What are ya up to during the off season, back in the bush?
                  I could never handle being at sea like that, grandpa and dad made their careers at sea, I can get sick in the harbour

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Island rules View Post
                    These are what we found to be the best colors
                    I have a couple of those exact Mexican flags. Very effective down here in mexican waters.
                    Gray light I usually start off with a black/purple cedar plug or jethead & switch to the red/green/yellow after the sun comes up or they quit eating the wood.

                    +1 on the beautiful boat. Obviously a buttload of off season work.
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                      #11
                      Yeah I've noticed that darker colors work great at first light and last light. We even tried glow in the dark stuff hours after the sun went down but its really rare to get them to bite once the light is gone. Best we have done is about an hour after dark they where still biting and we had a 100 fish circle going.

                      I lucked out into this job. Always wanted to be a commercial fisherman growing up. After western forest products moved their office out of Jordan River i did 7 years of timber framing and then i said fuck it. Walked the dock and this was the first boat i asked. Haven't left since. My boat owner was 65 at the time and he motivated me to get my tickets in order. Now I'm relief skipper and he's 70 but still going strong.

                      Off season I do a hunting trip to the queen Charlotte every year then play around on my snowmobile ๐Ÿ˜† its nice not having to follow the rat race.
                      sometimes I do some lingcod or relief deckhanding on a crab boat but I really try not to haha. I got offered a boat to run to the south pacific in the winter time to fish albacore down there. Thats bassicly the end goal. The fishery is so addictive I would do this for free ๐Ÿ˜†
                      Last edited by Island rules; 07-01-2020, 11:24 AM.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Island rules View Post
                        Yeah I've noticed that darker colors work great at first light and last light. We even tried glow in the dark stuff hours after the sun went down but its really rare to get them to bite once the light is gone. Best we have done is about an hour after dark they where still biting and we had a 100 fish circle going.

                        I lucked out into this job. Always wanted to be a commercial fisherman growing up. After western forest products moved their office out of Jordan River i did 7 years of timber framing and then i said fuck it. Walked the dock and this was the first boat i asked. Haven't left since. My boat owner was 65 at the time and he motivated me to get my tickets in order. Now I'm relief skipper and he's 70 but still going strong.

                        Off season I do a hunting trip to the queen Charlotte every year then play around on my snowmobile ๐Ÿ˜† its nice not having to follow the rat race.
                        sometimes I do some lingcod or relief deckhanding on a crab boat but I really try not to haha. I got offered a boat to run to the south pacific in the winter time to fish albacore down there. Thats bassicly the end goal. The fishery is so addictive I would do this for free ๐Ÿ˜†
                        Good on ya man! Living in sooke or where are ya now?

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                          #13
                          Still in sooke for now. Looking at buying acerage up north island. Maybe thasis or zebballos or winter harbour in the fall. I missed out on a 2 bedroom 5 acres place in winter harbour last year .. was only 75k could have paid cash for it but it got scooped up while I was hunting

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                            #14
                            Love the boat! Kinda strange seeing a commercial boat not covered in blood, haha. I am in S.F bay area, we get albacore here usually summer months they are 25 miles out. Last year was an odd one, the temp breaks were much closer in and guys got into schools of them less than 5 miles from harbor

                            But if we want tuna we run down to San Diego and hop on the party boats down there that run down into Mexico. We used to do that every year but have not made the trip since we had our son

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                              #15
                              Have you ever picked up marlin when running for tuna?

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