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Anonymous asked in SportsOutdoor RecreationFishing · 1 decade ago

How do I get a job on a fishing boat?Serious People who know about fishing only PLEASE!!?

We live in NY and my husband has alot of fishing experience and we are willing to move out of state or internationally...Any tips or Advice!!Thanks

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  • 1 decade ago
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    When I was much younger, I used to work on fishing boats when I got strapped or was between gigs (I am a full-time pro musician). So, I think I am qualified to offer advice on the subject. My first real job (at age 16) was working on a shrimp boat out of Galveston, Tx. That was about 40+ yars ago.

    There are many types of fishing boats. You need to have an idea about what kind of fishing you want to do. I worked on shrimp boats, and mostly, fishing charter boats.

    In my opinion, working as a mate on charter boats is as good as it gets. The work is easy, and the pay is fantastic for what you are doing. Basically, you are being paid to help people catch fish...that's it. And then, you spend a few hours cleaning the boat, equipment and rigs after you dock. That's about it. I worked on charter boats out of Destin, Fla. for years. All you do is just go to the charters office, and tell them you'd like to sign on as a mate, when a position opens up. There is a lot of turnover, so it might not be too long of a wait.

    If you are wanting to get into the commercial fishing business, it's a little harder. Many of the jobs may require you to be a union member. I have worked on several Alaska jobs. You will work 14-16- hour days, and be at sea for several months at a time, with little or no contact with the outside world. The pay was fantastic. On a salmon boat, I made near $10,000 a month, and since there was no where to spend it, I had it all when came ashore, everytime. But bear in mind, you only get to work a few months out of the year, so this pay is it, unless you do like I did, and work at other jobs for the rest of the year. And there are other jobs, such as floating canneries and processing boats, that pay even better. To hire on for these jobs, you can apply directly to the boat, or go to for more information.

    I quit working fishing boats about 10 years ago, because I don't have to anymore. I have reached a point in my music career to where it is self-supoorting now. But I have many fond memories of my adventures in commercial fishing. It was a lot of hard, dangerous work, but I would'nt trade those experiences for anything in the world.

    Good luck....

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  • 1 decade ago

    By experience I hope you mean ABS or Deckhand or Captain. If not, just like anyone else, he starts as a deckhand and proves himself.

    Commercial Fishing is a pretty serious job, and Captains do not leave the logbooks unguarded for a very good reason, so a clear criminal history also is a help.

    But go for it, if that is your shared dream, make it a reality or at least try.

    My boats name is Nor Egrets.

    I am a sailor now, but grew up amongst and on Commercial Fishing Vessels all my life.

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    3 years ago

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