I worked as a commercial Saltwater Life Fisherman American shirt fisherman for the Sunrise Seafood Company out of Islip, NY. For me, it was very, very exciting and very scary as well. The scare is what added to the excitement. To give you an idea of what my day was like, we would leave the dock from Islip, NY just after daylight started. We had a 60-foot mother ship with several small propless skiffs that we towed along. The Skiffs were used to deploy the fishing nets out of the ocean once we arrived at the location where the fish trapped in the nets were. Our nets were set up about 2 miles South of Robert Mosses State Park on Long Island, NY. Once we arrived at the scene, I along with a few other crewmen would board the skiffs and row over to the sides of the nets that contained the fish.
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Our quarry was Weakfish, Saltwater Life Fisherman American shirt also known as Sea Trout. These fish averaged in weight about 8 -10 pounds. On any given day the seas could be brewing very high waves that would raise and lower the skiffs sometimes 6 or 7 feet in the ocean swells. This was certainly one of the dangerous aspects of the net retrieval process. You really had to hold on carefully to maintain a safe stance while retrieving the nets. And this was brutal work hauling the nets up. Once the line was properly wrapped around the pully we would commence running the engine which would pull the nets up close to the surface bringing the fish that were trapped in it with them.