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Old 11-11-2020, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by froggyfisherman View Post
. Also there are a few niche species not covered by the catch shares that can be pretty profitable.
I went out on a commercial trip one time were all they targeted/caught were key west grunts. I counted, measured, and weighed about 400 grunts

Did another trip with in Louisiana targeting B-liners for 9 days. Once they filled up half their ice box with B liners, on day ten, we filled up the other half with red snapper in four stops. Catching 30 at a time per bandit reel. Three bandits, two 30 hook rigs per bandit, the deck was knee high with snapper in a matter of seconds
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I crewed on draggers, longliners, and lobster boats for 10 years before I got a “real job”.
One thing I will say, when fishing is your job, it’s not fun. Not even a little. I love fishing, like really love fishing. Doing it every day, around the clock, in good weather and bad, sometimes with people that suck, is nothing like you and your buddies heading out to catch a few fish
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Old 11-16-2020, 11:53 AM
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Watch the Koncrete documentary “Deckhands” on YouTube . Great introduction to commercial fishing in the gulf.
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Old 11-19-2020, 04:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Smoothwater View Post
Watch the Koncrete documentary “Deckhands” on YouTube . Great introduction to commercial fishing in the gulf.
thanks for the tip. I will for sure!
Old 11-19-2020, 09:57 AM
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What’s easier to make money at. Charter operator or commercial operator?
Old 11-19-2020, 02:17 PM
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Commercial, all thing being equal. Owner operator makes owner, captain and crew share.
Old 11-20-2020, 04:20 AM
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Originally Posted by meritmat View Post
What’s easier to make money at. Charter operator or commercial operator?
You get paid whether you catch fish or not on a charter.
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Old 11-21-2020, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by froggyfisherman View Post
No disrespect to you actual commercial operators. I know you guys are trying to give an accurate heads up.
My friends vary from part time crew to multi boat,multi permit, multi fishery owners. Bandit, longline, divers and kingfish.
If you treat it as a business and have a good reserve leasing allocation can be done cheaper in bulk. Also there are a few niche species not covered by the catch shares that can be pretty profitable. Deepwater is also very cheap compared to ARS and gag.
My family also goes back to the 70s on the Gulf and Keys owning or running bandit and longline boats but they've all since retired and the kids went either military or college instead of carrying on fishing. A lot easier way to make money if that's all you want. You got to either love it or have no other options.
I just was going back thru this thread and read this^

We've almost identical timelines. I went military after college. I had the fishing bug early on growing up around our family businesses. Both charter and commercial. I grew up on the boats. I guess it's in my blood. Took me several years but I have the business now. Its not my "full time" gig.

I have a "real" job and a guy who manages our commercial boats. He's a family friend and knows it way better than I do. I still run a boat now and then though. Like I said, its in my blood - almost a curse actually. Bandits, deepwater, I love that fishery.

Good words for Tristan froggy. Thanks for the input.
Old 11-23-2020, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Smoothwater View Post
Watch the Koncrete documentary “Deckhands” on YouTube . Great introduction to commercial fishing in the gulf.
Well that was depressing. Go stillers
Old 11-23-2020, 10:59 AM
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when I retired 3 years ago, I qualified for the RS if applied within 1 year of separation from service. Not sure if thats still the case or not. I didn't apply as I went a different route all together.

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