It opened Thursday at 5 p.m., but on Wednesday, the boats were still preparing to leave while their crews finished projects.
Seines were hoisted in the air through power blocks or spread over the docks as crewmembers repaired the rips in the seine left over from last year’s season. Greasy heads and hands poked out of open hatches as last-minute engine and generator repairs and tune-ups were completed.
Paint was touched up, radio wiring was fixed, lines were spliced together and the final loads of gear were hand-trucked down to the boats.
“Most of the boat work’s done. We just have shopping left,” said Leon Osborne, a crewman on the F/V Abby Jo.
He and his fellow crewmembers were looking forward to a good season. “The price of reds is up, and we plan to use the same strategy we’ve used before.”
When asked what that strategy was, Osborne wouldn’t say.
“It’s top secret,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun, and I enjoy fishing. Hopefully, we’ll make a lot of money.”
Alex Ipina, a brand new fisherman, just moved to Kodiak in February.
“We’re planning to leave today or tomorrow,” Ipina said. “Hopefully the season will be really good.”
Not all the seiners in the harbor were planning for the Kodiak fishery. Several were preparing for the Chignik salmon fishery that will likely open in the next two weeks.
Thomas De Mello onboard the F/V Raymar will be heading to Chignik soon.
“Some people are saying it’s not going to be so good this year, but you never know,” De Mello said. “The fish come and the fish go, and Chignik’s usually a pretty strong run. We’ll keep fishing until the cannery stops buying.”
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