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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Superb and rare footage, thanks Paul. I love the guys setting the hooks at lightning speed into the lines, the building yard shots and the navigation along the coast by tooting the horn. Wonderful!

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    Great story with a lot of local to it. Produced by the Nordic Heritage Museum just down the street.

    Here’s the 100 + year old halibut schooner fleet as they head out every year still.
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    And here is one I took for my old Out My Window thread.
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    One of my dad's business partners used to hand-line salmon commercially, as a side gig. Out of a beach-launched dory in Oregon... during my teenage years. When his regular deckhand got 'bottlesick', I was the backup. Always a treat working with Mark, and I got the regular adult deckhand share of the catch. Amazing $$$ for a teenager. Fun to spend like a drunken sailor... but also taught me not to. Instead to do something more lasting with the money.

    Because of the premium paid for line-caught over netted fish, there's still excellent money in that fishery - even today.
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    David was that hand trolling?
    What's not on a boat costs nothing, weighs nothing, and can't break

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    Thanks for that Paul - wonderful.

    Salmon, not halibut, but a friend had rights to a stretch of shore for the season & paid her way through college with it. She always came back to school with some new scars.
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    Great voiceover. Was that John Facenda, the guy who used to do the NFL highlight reels?

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    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    David was that hand trolling?
    Yes - back when 30-40# fish were common, and 50-60# hogs not unheard of. Not easy work, but lots of benefits. And not as backbreaking as deckhand on a bowpicker after a series of good drifts. Did that one summer also on Young's Bay.
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    I figured you were hand trolling. Line caught salmon are worth a lot more than salmon that are netted. We were getting $3 a pound for large salmon in 1980 if I remember right

    thanks for posting the video. It was fascinating. I was familiar with dory fishing for cod, but didn't realize they used to longline for halibut from dories.
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    I know a guy who long line fishes for halibut now. He is a recreational fisherman who keeps his boat at the marina where I keep mine. It is interesting to chat with him when he is getting ready to go out when he is sitting in his boat baiting hooks and coiling the line in a tub. The season here is pretty short (4 weeks starting in mid-May) and you are limited to 100 hooks and can only catch 5 fish per year.

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    I like your schooner Pr0n better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boatbum View Post
    I like your schooner Pr0n better
    uhh. . .

    halibut schooners

    duh
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