A Hard Way to Make an Easy Living: From harpooning for bluefin tuna on the East Coast to fishing the unpredictable Bering Sea, relive the life of one commercial fisherman

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Trafford Publishing, Feb 24, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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It’s often been said that a bad day of fishing beats the best day at work. But what happens when fishing is your work? In A Hard Way to Make an Easy Living, author and career fisherman Corky Decker recaps his lifelong fishing adventures. From his start as a young boy intrigued by the sea working for tips on party sport fishing boats out of Ogunquit, Maine, to captaining a multimillion-dollar factory trawler that fished Alaskan waters, his stories of successes and failures provide an insider’s look at the lives of men and women who go to sea to fish. The story demonstrates why commercial fishing is not just a job, but a way of life. In this memoir, Decker tells of trawling and harpooning bluefin tuna on the East Coast until the lure of Alaska found him walking the docks of Kodiak in 1985; he recounts his experiences of the fisheries he worked in Alaska. A Hard Way to Make an Easy Living underscores the continual controversy between the fishing industry and fisheries management and the influence of foreigners in US waters.
 

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Contents

ALASKA
1
KODIAK ALASKA
4
THE EARLY YEARS
6
TUNA FEVER
12
TUNA
16
TO CATCH A TUNA
19
WALKING THE DOCKS
37
KODIAK ISLAND HERRING
40
BACK TO SCHOOL
140
THE FACTORY TRAWLER INDUSTRY
146
THE GOLDEN FLEECE
153
A BAD TRIP NORTH
158
THE PROSPERITY
163
PROSPERITY PROSPERS
172
A CHILD IS BORN
180
NOT NECESSARILY PROSPERITY
182

SALMON FISHING
43
GRANDPA BURCH
48
JOINT VENTURE FISHING DAYS
53
QUICK BIG BAGS
60
THE RUSSIAN YEARS
68
COD FISHING
72
FISHING THE ICE PACK
75
NEW WATERS
79
DEATH AND DESTRUCTION
87
FALL VENTURE 1989
99
SHOREBASED FISHING
106
A HALIBUT DERBY
134
SHOREBASED CHANGES
138
THE REBECCA IRENE
185
COMPANY HOPPING FOR THEREBECCA IRENE
189
AN ORCA REUNION
191
THE WAY OF THE WIND
195
BACK TO FISHING
199
TROUBLE BEGINS
201
GETTING CAUGHT
205
BUSTED
210
A NEW DIRECTION
213
AFTERWORD
219
Prologue
223
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