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 Post subject: Re: Hard working kiter wanted - Commercial Fishing Job - Ala
PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:59 pm 
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It's great people are excited about this. What's not to love? Kiting and making money.

It's interesting to hear from so many other Bristol Bay fishermen past and present. It funny to think that during the season there are tons of kiters out there working their asses off wishing they were kiting.

I have drifted and long lined on and off since I was 15 and I finally got tired of puking, getting screamed at and not being able to kite all the amazing places I was seeing. So, I bought a set net permit which puts me shore side every night for a sauna, a meal and a living environment that is not moving. I also get to kite which was something I was never able to do when I was going to sea for a living. And the kiting i sick. We kited at least 30 sessions in less than 60 days and worked all day every day in addition. Sometimes my forearms were so blown I couldn't hold the bar in so I would have to sheet out and let go with both hands and hang back for a break.

I have not kited Egikik. I'm sure there are tons of opportunities up there too. Personally, It's hard to want to kite anywhere except in the lakes. The currents are nuts and there are usually lots of nets, boats and other gear in the river or ocean. From the air it looks like there are more lakes than land in many places, including all around my camp. Most are clear, shallow and warm, unlike the sea. However, there are some hot oceanside spots I would like to hit. As "SalmonSlayer" says, when the tide goes out there are flat galore. Outside the river is clear water and not so much fishing gear as long as those friggin' drifters don't come in too close (just kidding).

"DvB" has it right that there is no room for anyone except mellow hard working people in such places. That's a rare combo to find but I find kiters some of the best people out there, so I think there are probably many among the kiter ranks. I would love to hear your story "DvB" about being on that boat off Australia.

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 Post subject: Re: Hard working kiter wanted - Commercial Fishing Job - Ala
PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:57 pm 
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DesertWind wrote:
It's great people are excited about this. What's not to love? Kiting and making money.

It's interesting to hear from so many other Bristol Bay fishermen past and present. It funny to think that during the season there are tons of kiters out there working their asses off wishing they were kiting.

I have drifted and long lined on and off since I was 15 and I finally got tired of puking, getting screamed at and not being able to kite all the amazing places I was seeing. So, I bought a set net permit which puts me shore side every night for a sauna, a meal and a living environment that is not moving. I also get to kite which was something I was never able to do when I was going to sea for a living. And the kiting i sick. We kited at least 30 sessions in less than 60 days and worked all day every day in addition. Sometimes my forearms were so blown I couldn't hold the bar in so I would have to sheet out and let go with both hands and hang back for a break.

I have not kited Egikik. I'm sure there are tons of opportunities up there too. Personally, It's hard to want to kite anywhere except in the lakes. The currents are nuts and there are usually lots of nets, boats and other gear in the river or ocean. From the air it looks like there are more lakes than land in many places, including all around my camp. Most are clear, shallow and warm, unlike the sea. However, there are some hot oceanside spots I would like to hit. As "SalmonSlayer" says, when the tide goes out there are flat galore. Outside the river is clear water and not so much fishing gear as long as those nice person drifters don't come in too close (just kidding).

"DvB" has it right that there is no room for anyone except mellow hard working people in such places. That's a rare combo to find but I find kiters some of the best people out there, so I think there are probably many among the kiter ranks. I would love to hear your story "DvB" about being on that boat off Australia.

Traveler



When is the deadline for aplying and what is need to do??(visas and etch?)


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 Post subject: Re: Hard working kiter wanted - Commercial Fishing Job - Ala
PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:45 pm 
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Hi,
There is no application process beyond telling me a lot about you. I don't want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with a loony. Read the original post very carefully and tell me if and why you are this person.

Good to hear from you!

Traveler Terpening
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 Post subject: Re: Hard working kiter wanted - Commercial Fishing Job - Ala
PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 6:38 pm 
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DesertWind wrote:
....... Outside the river is clear water and not so much fishing gear as long as those nice person drifters don't come in too close (just kidding).....


It does get crowded out there
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 Post subject: Re: Hard working kiter wanted - Commercial Fishing Job - Ala
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:48 pm 
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I started this post last year and would like to refresh this thread and see if I can find someone for THIS YEAR! Actually, it ended up being such a fun and, in some ways, odd experience that I wrote a little story about it. Check it out http://www.travelerphotography.com/writing/short_stories/kitefishing.html.

Anyway, I am once again on the hunt for someone to work and kite with me in my remote setnet fish camp on the Ugashik River in Bristol Bay, Alaska. This is on the very edge of "the bay" where it transitions into the Bering Sea so is pretty much a quiet wilderness, especially compared to the crazyness that is the rest of Bristol Bay. Although I have been fishing for years, this last summer was my first summer in this location so I was unsure about the kiting. To my delight, it turned out to be world class, as far as I am concerned! The wind blows 15-25 knots a few days a week minimum and sometimes seven days a week! Most of the kiting we do is on a large, shallow, warm (for Alaska anyway) and totally flat calm lake behind my cabin. There are no trees anywhere and the soft tundra all around is the best kind of surface to get spanked on should you get hauled out of the water trying a trick. This was the first place I have ever had the nerve to try board taps on the shore.

The kiting is great, but of course the job comes first. As I said in my original post, I am looking for someone with all or most of the following attributes: physically strong (you don't need to be a weight lifter, just used to working hard with your body), very used to and experienced in outdoor physical labor, very good and positive attitude, no bad tempers, mellow disposition, learns fast, has experience with small engines, and of course, kites. Some optional and desirable skills include: experience with boats, sport or commercial fishing experience and sick kiteboarding trick skills (cause I want to learn more tricks!). You do not need to have commercial fishing experience, though sport fishing experience is nice so you are used to dealing with fish.

This is am amazing opportunity to make some money, kite in the wilderness in Alaska and in general have a killer, crazy, once in a lifetime experience. Every time I go out to fish for the summer I feel blessed to be able to have that experience in a place few people ever get to see. Its also very hard work (especially when we fish 12 hrs and 6,000 pounds then go kiting afterward!) and it really should only be considered by people who have lots of experience doing hard, physical work with their hands outdoors.

If you are interested, just email me with some images of you out and about, at least 3 references that can speak to your work ethic and experience working outdoors (I will personally call all of them) and some information about yourself (interests, experiences, desires in life, whatever).

Here is how the pay works: You are paid 10% (sometimes more or less depending on experience) of the total catch minus a 5% city fish tax (5% off total, not your %). Your food, lodging and flight from King Salmon, Alaska to Pilot Point, Alaska ($700) is paid for. You are responsible for getting yourself to Anchorage, Alaska and for some limited gear (fly-fishing-style chest waders and boots, rain jacket, Extra Tuf boots, lots of warm socks and layered non-cotton clothing, personal items, commercial crew fishing license, etc). You also need to bring some bedding materials including a sleeping pad (or foam) and a sleeping bag. We live in a warm cabin but your responsible for making your bunk your home. Money wise, for the owner and crew, commercial fishing can be anything from a money looser to a massive, almost ludicrous money maker, and everything in between. This is because there is no real way of knowing how many fish are going to come into the river (fish and game make educated guesses) and what the price might be per pound. But this last season we did well and the price was very good. Although we have no idea what the price might be this coming summer, the run, according to Alaska Fish and Game, is supposed to as good as last year––5 + million fish for the Ugashik River. Catches for my operation and those around me can be anywhere from 20,000 pounds (maybe less on a bad year) to 45,000 pounds or more (maybe higher on a very good year). This last year we got $00.95 cents per pound.

The season is very short in Bristol Bay. I expect a crewman to be at fish camp for a minimum of 35 days, but more realistically it will be about 45––from roughly June 15-Aug 1. The peak of fishing is usually right at the end of June through the first week of July. On both ends there is lots of "scratch fishing," which is fishing but not making huge hauls and then there is pre- and post-season work such as getting the camp setup and ready in the spring, readying gear, mending nets, working on small engines (outboards, 4-wheelers, etc), etc.

For more info about the job see the original post.

Email me with the details listed above and describe why you are qualified and want to do this. My email is info@desertwindkiteboarding.com. A perk of the job is that I'll get you a pro deal on any gear you want through my shop/school for 6 months after the season.

Thanks for your interest and thanks to all of you incredibly interesting (and sometimes downright strange) kiters who contacted me about this job last year!

Traveler Terpening


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 Post subject: Re: Hard working kiter wanted - Commercial Fishing Job - Ala
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:36 am 
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Interesting post! Came up when I was looking for kiting in Alaska (possible vacation). Thought some of us might enjoy the story.


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 Post subject: Re: Hard working kiter wanted - Commercial Fishing Job - Ala
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:18 pm 
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Hmmmm. Well it is a job I suppose.
Im going to have to knock this one back. ...ie 10% in a "very good year" catch of 45000 lbs at $0.95 an lb minus 5% over 45 days works out at about $90 a day for a 12 hour day at someones beck and call.
I am struggling to see the " ludicrous amounts" even with the wildest imagination. Is "pro gear" a perk as it will cost wage?. Does your country have minimum wage?
So what you are really after is a kid with nay idea on school holiday or someone with issues/difficulties if they have any of the other attributes required.
I have all the attributes but in the current climate cant get out of bed for less than $2500 a day.
See if you can up the rate a bit and you might get more of what you are after.


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 Post subject: Re: Hard working kiter wanted - Commercial Fishing Job - Ala
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:51 am 
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I'd be all over it if there was surf involved. If there is. Count me in.


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 Post subject: Re: Hard working kiter wanted - Commercial Fishing Job - Ala
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:31 pm 
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flyingweasel wrote:
I have all the attributes but in the current climate cant get out of bed for less than $2500 a day.


pshaaaw....


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 Post subject: Re: Hard working kiter wanted - Commercial Fishing Job - Ala
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:22 am 
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ROFPML

Good luck desert wind you will need it!!!
I see your latest 2 candidates are..

1/ "highhairman" - thinks he may be surfing all day after hauling fish, listening to tales of the North etc.! The clue to this one is definately in his handle.

2/ "sfpete" - communication issues and would like to earn the ludicrously vast sum of less than minimum wage... Dont give him a figure larger than the sum of his fingers and toes or he drools.

Nuts or fruits? What a choice!



You must have a right laugh going through the prospects!


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