Fishing. Sometimes you catch the fish, sometimes you catch zip.
I used to commercial fish… and on the other side of the dock were the guys on workboats; tugs, dredging, oil, survey etc. They always had money and drove nice vehicles.
Me? I was just hoping to pay the rent and buy food if we caught fish. The workboat guys always had a paycheck at the end of the day.
For me, crossing over to the other side of the dock was an easy choice and the working enviorment is a hell of a lot safer. You guys that are on this site, I don’t have to convince you, you already know. It’s the young guys who might be confused by the Crab Trap shows on the Discovery Channel, that I’m concerned about.
Fast forward, thirty years later. Most of the fishing guys I knew are dead or in jail. The workboat guys have nice homes and retirement packages, pensions, 401 k’s, etc. The best move I made was walking across the dock to the workboat side.
I’m not saying you can’t do right for your family by commercial fishing, many have. But it’s a tough game. Goverment fishcrats and declining fisheries make it tough for the working guy. Walk across the pier and embrace a paycheck and a future!