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Ending the leased day at sea program and cutting our boats down to 18 days fishing per year does not sound very promising.
If you look under the black circular rollers you can see the net has been damaged. It’s hanging there in shards. Looks like the boys have a lot of mending to do. No fun, no fun at all. Sometimes a dragger will risk going over some rough or jagged rocky bottom to try and find some fish and the result is a damaged net. Sometimes it can pay big dividends, sometimes you an end up with huge tears in the net. I’m not saying that is what happened here, but there is definetly damage to repair here. Not exactly the best of weather to have to do this kind of work.
See this fisherman working on the net? He was hopping back and forth from the boat’s net reel back onto the dock. My knees would have been shaking like a leaf but he was just going back and forth like nothing. One little slip and he was going for an icy swim I’ll tell you that.
Bill Lee’s Ocean Reported Towed The Providenza To Rose’s Marine Where She Was Hauled Out This Morning.
This is the view looking down at The Patriot Engine. Matteo runs a GM in The Patriot and GM engines are usually painted green. Matteo painted his red because this particular model of GM engine is called a Screamin’ Demon.
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Matteo Russo took me for a tour of his dragger The Patriot. Nice boat, and very clean, it is built like a tank.
You can tell a lot about a boat’s owner by how well it’s engine room is maintained. Matteo’s Patriot engine room is spotless, much like Clark Sandler’s Sea Farmer II, Cape Seafood’s Boats and The Western Venture.
In this photo you see the deck of Matteo Russo’s Patriot. In the top of the picture is his stern trawler net reel. The reason it is called a stern trawler is because the net is set from this reel from the STERN of thge boat. You see in the picture the net wrapped around the net reel.
Then in the middle of the deck you see pen boards. Pens and pen boards can be above deck or below deck. The pen boards fit into channels which section off portions of the deck or the hold of the boat where the fishermen sort fish or dump the fish out from the net when the net comes aboard. Down below different pens are used for different species.
Clark was telling me how he does all the maintenance on his boat saving tens of thousands of dollars a year in painting costs alone. He painted the entire hull of the boat himself. That’s some work boy.
Here is a view from the stern of the Angela Rose looking at it’s net wheel. What you see coiled around the net reel in this picture is the wire that will be attached to a net when it is fully wound on.
Then when the skipper sets out the net it unwinds off of this net reel into the ocean. So if you hear a skipper on the vhf radio saying he just “set out”, it doesn’t mean he just left the dock. It means he just set out the net.