Just Another Tuna Pilot Guide (Download)

Ok this one is for those of you thinking of heading out to the tuna fishing world. I took a few days and put together a short (60 page) guide based on my experiences in the fishing grounds as a tuna pilot. There is a port guide at the end of this that IS NOTContinue reading “Just Another Tuna Pilot Guide (Download)”

The Kitchen is NOW OPEN (Jan 21)

The Kitchen is Now Open Apparently even in the middle of the ocean and thousands of miles away from the nearest port there isn’t much job security. Today I had a passenger to transfer from our boat to another boat, the ships cook. Well, former cook. Last week I could hear the Captain going onContinue reading “The Kitchen is NOW OPEN (Jan 21)”

Skunked, also…Economics of the High Seas (Jan 16)

I transferred to this boat, the Shilla Jupiter, on the 6th. It had already been at sea for a week at that point and when I came aboard I eventually got around to asking the fisheries observer how much tuna we had onboard already – the answer was that in the week they’d been sailingContinue reading “Skunked, also…Economics of the High Seas (Jan 16)”

The Fine Traditions of Korean Drinking (Jan 12)

Today was one of those days that you know you just aren’t going to fly during. The crew know it, and the officers know it because the boat is moving from one fishing ground to the next on the chase of what has been lately elusive tuna. In the high seas you aren’t allowed toContinue reading “The Fine Traditions of Korean Drinking (Jan 12)”

The Sea God…King…something (Jan 6)

After today’s transfer and demo flight and getting settled into my accommodations my mechanic and I fashioned a shelf for my bunk so that I could have a place for my laptop. The rest of the day was spent not doing much, as there was no need for flying. They closed the tower (observation andContinue reading “The Sea God…King…something (Jan 6)”

The Difference Between Ships (Jan 5)

I’m guilty of thinking that there was some sort of standard of operating procedures on tuna boats no matter who owned the boat or where it was based. I mean of course there is, a common rank structure and the work is more or less the same, but sociologically each boat I’ve boat I’ve beenContinue reading “The Difference Between Ships (Jan 5)”