What's life like for a commercial fisherman?

What type of amenities does the boat have? How much do you get paid per season?

8 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    Commercial fishing is not an easy job and offers a rough life while you're working. It's one of the most hazardous jobs in the nation, or for that matter, the world. Amenities vary depending on the type of fishing you're doing. You could be a lobsterman in New England or a crab fisherman off Alaska or any other type of fisherman. Noe is an easy job. If you're a lobsterman you'll go out every day to check your pots and many of these days will be in rough water. You generally don't pick the days you want.  Some fishing towns have monuments listing the names of those lost to the seas over the years. They're not short lists. Many lobstermen fish in open or semi open boats and do so in freezing temperatures along with these high seas. Amenities are none if the catch is poor. Unless you're really into fishing I'd stay away from it.

  • 9 months ago

    Watch some of the TV shows on cable channels about fishing in northern waters--crab and tuna mostly.  Quite frightening.

    Source(s): Was on a geophysical vessel for ten weeks, mostly going to port for repairs again and again. Like a luxury cruise compared to a fishing boat. 1200 tons, 135 x 40 feet, personal bunk, air conditioned, decent head and shower, a cook, survivable meals. Had to haul cable out of ocean a lot, but most work was easy but still dangerous. Was in Caribbean in hurricane season. Only hardship was ran out of water last two days out--ate 3 fresh apples quickly when we got to port.
  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Right amenities one head for the crew and a shower or two and if your really lucky hot water.

    An ancient TV with a collection of years old VHS tapes or you might have a DVD player if working with antique DVD's.

    Except your going to be far too Knacked  to want to watch them.

    Twelve hour watches ether baiting lines of several thousand hooks or haul nets on board and off board.

    Gutting and freezing fish.

    You can guarantee to lose a finger or two on your first or second Voyage.

    Any more and that is the end of your fishing career.

    Pay that depends on if you have a good skipper or a bad skipper.

    Good skippers have a long long waiting list of fully experienced crew to choose from.

    So unless your family you will not stand a cats chance in a dogs home of getting a good skipper or even a bad one for that matter.

    Pay even with a good skipper can be extremely poor as fish stocks are dropping so the boat has to stay out longer meaning the usage of fuel and food will be heavy cutting down on the profits.

    So do not think the pay is that good.

    And you stand a good chance for finishing the trip in the freezer along side the fish as life on board is incredably dangerous.

    Crew members often get killed or Drowned.

  • 9 months ago

    You sleep in dirty smelly tarps, eat fish 3 meals a day, and poop over the side of the boat. You get paid a percentage of the catch.

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  • 9 months ago

    Hard and dangerous work. Shipboard amenities are very basic. Pay depends on what you catch. Poor catch = you make a loss as the money you get for the catch doesn't even cover your operting costs.

  • 9 months ago

    Long hours, Hard work, no sleep, Bad weather, Low shares when you start out. It's tough to find a boat willing to take on a greenhorn. Amenities are Hard bunk to sleep on if you get the chance. If you are long-lining You may spend a week sitting in port baiting a thousand plus hooks. Not a job for the weak.

  • 9 months ago

    Fresh water fishing is much safer than fishing in the ocean. But they are both physically demanding dangerous jobs. Up early and out late. Not a job for the weak or someone who does not like to get dirty. 

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Being a fisherman is not for the weak physically and mentally.  That is all I can say.  It is a tough life. 

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