From EARLY in the morning, till sometimes LATE at night (fortunately there are only about 12 hours of daylight this time of year), & often in less than comfortable conditions, deckhands will be expected to lift strings with multiple hooks, & hopefully multiple FISH, up & over the bulwarks. Highly repetitive motions, lifting lots of weight over the cap-rails, in extremely cold weather, with not enough sleep the night before...these are commonplace in cod fishing. If you have a bad back, please do not consider attempting to participate in this fishery.
Every couple days, the catch is off-loaded to "tenders" (mother-ships) that collect fish from all the boats in a given area that fish for their cannery. They transport the catch to town for processing for market, allowing the catcher-boats to stay on the grounds & continue fishing. The tenders also bring us groceries [sporadically] & offer showers [occasionally], & may very well be our only contact with civilization until the season ends. It's entirely possible to spend a month or more at sea, without access to cell phones or internet...we will only hire individuals who can handle being cut off from technology without having withdrawals. If your focus will be on anything other than your immediate surroundings & the tasks at hand, this is not the place for you. If you will be pining for contact with a sweetie back home, or freakin' out about not knowing what all your friends are doing to occupy their time, please stay HOME!
What to Expect
The cod season opens January 1rst, but the weather that time of year is far too brutal for our taste...We will be tracking the weather trends, the price per pound being paid to the fishermen, & the amount of fish being caught thus far. Once these factors suit Captain Stan, we will set out for the cod fishing grounds, usually, but not always within sight of the shores of Kodiak Island. The season will run until the quota is caught, or until it's time to put the cod gear away to prepare for the commercial salmon season. Crew-members will have signed contracts obligating them to continue performing their duties until the skipper releases them, typically once the boat is cleaned up & that fishery's gear is back in storage. Wages are a percentage of the boat's overall catch.
We are offering bunks for two individuals who don't mind living in close quarters. Cooking skills are a huge plus, as I'm fed up with being the only one to prepare meals. Non-smoking preferred. Extra consideration will be given if you are a masseuse, yogi, personal trainer, or chef!
I actually prefer cod to halibut...It's GREAT for fish tacos & for stir-fries & also steams beautifully. Stock your freezer with this season's just-caught fish by visiting our Fish For Sale page & then contacting us with your order!