commercial fishing, worth it or no ?

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Post by V8_TITAN » 25 Oct 2011, 20:29

well Im 19 and slowly going to school (lack of money and other things in life slowing me down) I havent really worked since thanksgiving last year and im tired of not working but also not willing to work minimum wage either. My cousin lives on the street behind me and hes a commercial fisher, he catches mullet. He makes about 300 to 1000 a week depending on the market (which is usually very slow right now) but hes quiting because he is working full time at his church now. He offered to teach me everything and sell me all the nets and anything else I could need including commercial license.

I kind of just want to get some idea, opinions, and criticism from you guys. Think its worth my time ? thanks in advance for any advice. I dont want to do this forever, Im just hoping it might keep money in my pocket till I finish school and get my career started.


and just to throw it in there ( because I dont want people thinking im lazy for taking a year off), I haven't worked all year because I have had a lot going on in the family. Tomorrow will be one year since my grandfathers death, my grandmother died 36 days before him, and the few months leading up to their deaths, I juggled 3 jobs, graduating high school, and taking care of them every day. So I basically gave up my job to finish school, and take care of them, then they died and I was left responsible to take care of renting out the house, and selling it. So I have been a "landlord" for the most of this year, it just sold 2 months ago.

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Post by 200racing » 25 Oct 2011, 21:00

sounds like a awesome job. never heard of anyone regreting learng a skill/trade.
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Post by Jim » 25 Oct 2011, 21:21

In my opinion, making any money is better than making no money, even at minimum wage.
I have 2 jobs, and my second job is working the grave yard shift at minimum wage....yup minimum wage. $8.50 per hour. :shock:

I thank the lord that I have the ability to work to make ends meet. :USA1:

I say go for it and then if you don't like it, keep it till you find something else. Good luck!
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Post by Captain Ahab » 25 Oct 2011, 21:25

It is a tough racket - remember you are boss as well as head dishwasher - so you need to get your st*t organized to make money


Just like every job the deals with mother nature you are at the mercy of the weather - i worked on commercial boats and we made great money, when we could get out and nothing broke. When the weather blew us out or the boat broke we made nothing!


So, DO IT - but work smarter not harder.

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Post by nomowork » 25 Oct 2011, 22:51

Nothing wrong with hard work. The longest I was unemployed after getting out of the service was one week. I took on minimum wage work to keep food in my tummy and a roof over my head but kept on looking for the next best job while I was working. Once I landed my career job, I even moonlighted after work to make enough money to buy my first house.

My advice is to continue school if at all possible. Good luck!
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Post by Deadmeat » 26 Oct 2011, 07:55

nomowork wrote:Nothing wrong with hard work. The longest I was unemployed after getting out of the service was one week. I took on minimum wage work to keep food in my tummy and a roof over my head but kept on looking for the next best job while I was working. Once I landed my career job, I even moonlighted after work to make enough money to buy my first house.

My advice is to continue school if at all possible. Good luck!
For most of my life I would have agreed with nomowork's advice, but this lousy economy has me rethinking everything I knew or thought I knew about plotting out the course for one's life. I'm not normally pessimistic, but I just don't see anything improving in the near future and quite likely for many years. Lots of folks are coming out of college these days with huge student loans and no job to go to in order to pay them back. Personally, I think it's time to hunker down, live within one's means, and hope we can ride this one out. If it were me, I'd give the commercial fishing a shot. Yeah, it's dicey and weather-dependent, but it's also a job where you don't have 500 applicants waiting for one position. If the economy improves at a later date, school will still be there.

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Post by Captain Ahab » 26 Oct 2011, 08:09

Do you have a way to also net Ballyhoo? if so, that can be very lucrative as an addition to the mullet.

120 Med. 'hoo frozen and vacuum packed is going for around $120.00 here!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that is a retail price - but I am sure that if you can catch them and care for them properly you can make some decent money selling this bait
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Post by DocWatson » 26 Oct 2011, 10:15

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Post by nomowork » 26 Oct 2011, 12:08

Deadmeat wrote:........but this lousy economy has me rethinking everything I knew or thought I knew about plotting out the course for one's life. I'm not normally pessimistic, but I just don't see anything improving in the near future and quite likely for many years. Lots of folks are coming out of college these days with huge student loans and no job to go to in order to pay them back. Personally, I think it's time to hunker down, live within one's means, and hope we can ride this one out. If it were me, I'd give the commercial fishing a shot. Yeah, it's dicey and weather-dependent, but it's also a job where you don't have 500 applicants waiting for one position. If the economy improves at a later date, school will still be there.
IMO, it's always about improving yourself. I was fortunate enough to be able to pay for my son's college which gave him a good start in his career. On the flip side, my GF worked her way through college and retired earlier than me at age 55 and did very well for herself so yes, hard work does have benefits.

I've worked in the telecommunications for 35 years and saw the changes that went on. The technology came on so fast that some fellow workers couldn't keep up with the changes (or didn't want to) but I saw it as keep up or fall behind.

In my experience, the older you get, the harder it is to go back to school depending on where your younger years lead you.

Forgive me if I rambled on too much. I wish I could have done things differently before, but oh well................
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Post by V8_TITAN » 26 Oct 2011, 13:00

IMHO, things in this world, are not going to get better. human race is on a downward slope. I just dont see it happening. anyways, Im not going to get any loans for school. it is pointless to spend a ton of money thats going to take 20 years to pay off for a career that you may never even get. my 2 year degree is going to turn into a 4 or 5 year degree, but ill still get it done. also about the weather, the boat ramp I will be using is only 15 minute drive, and the fishing is only a 2 or 3 mile area. if the weather is bad, I wont go out that day. I dont have any bills, although I would like to help my mom out with things. But any money made is just gravy, I really want to save money to start my own business of some kind.

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Post by gillhunter » 26 Oct 2011, 13:54

I agree with nomowork, but I am looking at your situation from a much older person's perspective. I remember when I thought life ended at 30. When I was an enlisted man in the Navy I was offered the opportunity to attend a 4 year university and spend 6 years of active duty as an officer. That would have meant I would be in the Navy until I was 30. I turned them down, I was 20 at the time. Like nomowork I worked 2 jobs for a number of years. My wife went to work when our oldest started college and made sure that all 3 of our children graduated from college. Do what you need to do now, but don't underestimate the importance of a good formal education. Commercial fishing may be able to provide the funds to work your way through college. Good Luck.

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Post by baseball_guy_99 » 26 Oct 2011, 18:02

I agree with everyone that says to back to school. After highschool I went to a junior college. I had no idea what I wanted to do. So I just started taking classes. After 2 years of this I buckled down and decided to pursue a business degree. While in school, I started working at Lowes part time. I was told after I graduated with my associates I would work my way right into management. So I went full time after I graduated. That was 3 years ago and I'm still making crap wages as a sales specialist. Last night while sitting at work doing absolutely nothing I made up my mind that I was going to go back to school. I'm torn between whether finishing up and getting a batchelors in Business or pursuing an engineering degree like I have always wanted. BTW I'm 24 and getting married next summer. I figure do it now or I will never do it. So August of 2010 I will be going back to school.

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Post by gouran01 » 26 Oct 2011, 21:43

Gonna be a lil bias but join the ARMY RESERVES! or any other branch (haha) 1 weekend a month for any branch (i believe) will get you $4,500 a year in tuition money, $20K in student loan repayment and $24K with the Reserve GI Bill. I've just finished my BS in business management and haven't paid a dime. Not recruiting here since ya ain't in my area, but if you haven't considered it, look online. If the sites ask for personal info, put fake stuff in (or they will call!) I'm certain there are a few other vets on here than can give ya the info as well. Commercial fishing is a tough (physically) job that takes true commitment to getting up in the morning, maintaining all of your equipment, being legally responsible with correct licenses, tags, etc. If it is the route you decide to persue, do A LOT of research, if you take game/fish illegally (even by accident) they can take everything you use do do the illegal act, IE truck, boat, motor, trailer, nets, etc.

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Post by Captain Ahab » 27 Oct 2011, 06:30

gouran01 wrote:Gonna be a lil bias but join the ARMY RESERVES!


is a tough (physically) job that takes true commitment to getting up in the morning, maintaining all of your equipment, being legally responsible
Wait - I thought that was how the Army operated as well? :LOL2:
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Post by JeffChastain » 27 Oct 2011, 07:36

I'm gonna have to disagree with gouran01. I spent a few years on active duty in the Army, just finished up with them on 01 July of this year. I worked in Aviation, and gained many certifications and skills. But, I found out after transferring to the civilian world that those certifications mean nothing to a civilian employer, and they don't care if your responsibilities in the military were that of mid-level management in the civilian world. Also, if you ask me, all the mess that comes with the military isn't worth what you get out of it. Trade schools and IT schools are priced reasonably for the most part, and most can afford to take classes if they sacrifice a few things for it. Don't join the military for the GI Bill, otherwise you'll dispise waking up at 0430 every morning to go run your ass off. The ONLY reason a person should join the military is to serve their country. Those are the only guys who enjoy military life, and thrive in the environment, in my opinion. Okay, I'll come off my soap box now. Just my .02 cents.
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