The ocean has been roaring lately, but the crab boats were back at it today.
Fishing has been good, but a bunch of crabbers were nearly put out of business.
A number of crabbers sold their crab to Jessie's and got stiffed for a good chunk of their pay.
Luckily, Mike at Ilwaco Landing stepped up and has been buying and PAYING for the crab and has saved the season for a bunch of Ilwaco boats.
Accurate stepped up and delivered us 20 or so new reels plus serviced all of our old ones and made them brand new.
The water temps at the 29 buoy (tuna grounds) have been hovering around 51-52 degrees.
That is about 4-5 degrees warmer than normal.
I think we will be catching tuna in June this year.
I can't wait.
Crabbing season is in full swing and crabbing has been very good this year.
Clark and Craig have been busting their asses crabbing and offloading crab at Ilwaco Landing.
It looks like the ocean has laid down pretty good on a few of those days.
Thanks to some help from his friends, Clark has been cleaning up on steamer clams.
We are already getting geared up for tuna.
After the hook shortage last year, we are taking no chances in 2016.
We just got a delivery of 4,900 Owner live bait hooks that should get us through the year.
Only six (maybe just five) more months until tuna.
Clark and Craig (our Monday and Tuesday deckhand in 2016) finally started their commercial crab season today. A 5am boat call is a tough way to start the year.
They are out there right now in some rough seas dropping load after load of pots.
The wind is blowing hard and the ocean is rough.
These guys are earning their pay today.
A quote from Clark. "Dropped 180 pots. Holy shit I am beat. I will never complain about the price of crab again."