View Full Version : cracking crab and catching up

02-09-2007, 01:20 PM
well home again for a couple of days
thought i would throw in a post to let some of you know i have not died yet

i dont know what i had in mind when i said i would work the back of a crab boat
as i tighten the belt another notch and check the bod for new dents and dings i reflect on what was done the past week or so
i can rember not getting enough sleep, other than that i think i work in robot mode
leave dock @ 4:00am
hook buoy
put rope in block
turn on block
smack the boat with the pot
get yelled out at
muscle pot on to recieving table
clean pot, remove a crab if lucky
replace bait jars
throw pot off the boat in the wrong spot
repeat 150 times
turn on lights when sun goes down
continue pulling pots
arrive back at dock way after dark thirty
micro wave something unhealthy
look at clock to find out its been 18-20 hrs
go to sleep with out shower
every 4-5 days get in early enough to off-load
take a day off to load bait jars
only takes 6- 8 hours to cut bait
calculate in over tired brain ....cost of fuel and bait
figure in % to find that you owe for the boat ride

well ...i think its nap time

02-09-2007, 02:59 PM
Sounds like you are training for the deadliest job of all: Alaskan King and Ophilia Crabbing in the Bering Sea!

02-10-2007, 10:03 AM
That is a lot of hard work. Hopefully you have a great dinner! Makes me feel like my job is really easy!

02-11-2007, 05:43 AM
My oldest son was part of the film crew for the Discovery Channel on those crabbing ventures in the Bearing sea, and his recollection of that adventure is similar to what Team Sheryl Lee said: no sleep; screaming captains; eating is a luxury. Of all the dangerous filming ventures he has been on - being over 20,000 feet in the Tibetan Himalayas with no support; a documentary in the Kashmir region of India during the Pakistan/India conflict; filming in the aftermath of the El Salvador revolution to name a few - he still rates crabbing in the Bearing sea one of the most dangerous and exhausting assignments.

02-11-2007, 07:16 AM
TSL glad to hear from you. Hang in buddy!