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Remember that the time that all commercial fishing was done under sail greatly exceeds the time it has been done under power.

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LMAO you cant ask these sailors a simple question such as can you make a living catching fish off a sailboat? First of all I have lived on a sailboat for over 10 years here in South Florida, and I can go out and get Grouper, and spear Snook around the docks, their are alot of resturants in South Florida who will pay $5.00 a pound Filet for grouper. So you could make money doing it, get a few big coolers with ice and go out and get a few groupers, or even Red Snappers, a day, sell them to resturants and people on the beach, but it would be way easier to do off a fishing boat than it would be to do on a sailboat. I have worked on Long liners so I know a few tricks about finding grouper, they are a deep water fish, and you have to go out into the gulf to get them, so you would need electric Bandits, or AKA Down Riggers, that would make it alot easier. but if that's what you decide to do good luck to you man.
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Oh Lord! No more please... LOL
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Come on, you can take it, I know you can. Anybody living east of Reno, Nevada has to be tough. Besides, reading this is better than working.

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Ok, but this is the only time i'll feed a troll!


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Ok, but this is the only time i'll feed a troll!

You are being too hard on him, he deserves better chow. "Business", come on, think lof some new ones, the thread is drifting, still too cold to work

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I don't get the opportunity to read the many posts on this forum because of a hectic work schedule. Fortunately, I have a few days off and was able to catch up on some of the posts. This particular thread posed some interesting questions and answers to the OP. Obviously, just obtaining a commercial fishing license, at least in most parts of the United States, is nearly impossible. The world's fisheries have essentially collapsed, therefore in an effort to rebuild the depleted stocks strict catch limits and brief seasons have been utilized to reduce the catch. Additionally, there are many areas where NEW, commercial fishing licenses are no longer being issued, and in some instances states are buying back older licenses and gear permits to reduce fishing mortality and remain in compliance with new state, federal and international regulations.

Now, as for living aboard a 25-foot sailboat, AND using it to catch albacore--not a prayer. The vast majority of 25-footers are unsuitable as live-aboards, and as a fishing boat for tuna, particularly albacore, forget it. Anyone that has battled a 150-pound tuna, bluefin, yellowfin, bigeye, etc... will unequivocally tell you that it's a difficult task from the uncluttered cockpit of a 45-foot offshore, charter-fishing boat. A 50-pounder couldn't be battled from the cockpit of a 25-foot sailboat, even if you used a Penn International standup outfit and a fighting harness.

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I've been having similar thoughts to this although I thinking making $100-$200 may be stretching it. I don't know what the rules are like in the USA but up here most fishermen on commercial boats just eke by. I spent some time on a commercial boat this summer, sport fishing for salmon and halibut, on the days/mornings I took off of work. The skipper was retired but kept his commercial license just for fun, he said now for salmon openings are quite often only 24 hours and you can only set the nets for 45 minutes. For the whole season he made about $700 and spent $3000 on fuel.

I think you have to find a niche market. Green/Organic food is really popular, so if you could market it to organic grocery stores/restaurant as local sea food organically caught (no fossil fuels/nets/) I think you could make enough to get by.

I'd like to do it, but so far no one at DFO has even been able to point me in the right direction on how to go about getting licensed for this. Although there is no shortage of people who want to buy the crab I catch in my own personal pots.
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In his first thread about this I gave him some links to sources of information that could easily give him answers to all of his questions if he bothered to research it. If he's too lazy to make a few calls about licensing, etc. I guarantee you he's not going to make it commercial fishing.

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I've been having similar thoughts to this although I thinking making $100-$200 may be stretching it. I don't know what the rules are like in the USA but up here most fishermen on commercial boats just eke by. I spent some time on a commercial boat this summer, sport fishing for salmon and halibut, on the days/mornings I took off of work. The skipper was retired but kept his commercial license just for fun, he said now for salmon openings are quite often only 24 hours and you can only set the nets for 45 minutes. For the whole season he made about $700 and spent $3000 on fuel.

I think you have to find a niche market. Green/Organic food is really popular, so if you could market it to organic grocery stores/restaurant as local sea food organically caught (no fossil fuels/nets/) I think you could make enough to get by.

I'd like to do it, but so far no one at DFO has even been able to point me in the right direction on how to go about getting licensed for this. Although there is no shortage of people who want to buy the crab I catch in my own personal pots.
In the event you are tempted to sell your crabs you might want to read this:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Pacific Region | Publications | Sport Fishing Guidelines for Crab (Brochure)
"•Recreationally harvested shellfish cannot be sold."

And this:
Crab Poachers Nabbed in Burrard Inlet

Just thought you might be interested.

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