In November, the crab crew of the Jennifer A ran the boat from Seattle to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. It's a trip that takes 10 days, crossing the Gulf of Alaska. The weather can be bad, but this crossing was "ok" according to Sean. I have learned to never ask what "ok" means. Once they arrived in Dutch Harbor, the guys spent a little over a week getting all the crab pots geared and ready. These crab pots are 7 feet, by 7 feet. Big ole pots to hopefully hold lots of crab. Once all the pots were geared, they were stacked on the deck of the Jen. The crew flew out of Dutch in time for Thanksgiving, with the boat already to fish crab.
Everyone had the month of December off, well until the 26th, when they flew back up to Dutch Harbor and headed out to go crabbing. As I type I am tracking the boat on our AIS tracking system. I can log on anytime, and see exactly where the JenA is, and if they are fishing, moving pots, or running in to offload. Right now, it looks like they are fishing. They have an offload appointment for tomorrow, the 4th, or Monday the 5th, depending on when they arrive in to St. Paul Island, to offload.
I talked with our skipper, Kjell, yesterday. We have a satellite phone here at the house, so I can call and talk to the boat at anytime. Plus, the boat can call me at anytime as well. Since the sat. phone is downstairs in our office, I have a baby monitoring system set up so I can hear the boat from any room, if they should happen to call. Don't tell these big tough crab guys they are being kept tabs on by a baby monitoring system...!
Kjell said all was going well, the weather was "ok" (again, I don't ask,) and the greenhorns were working out just great. We have a crew of six on board this year. Kjell in the wheelhouse, and Jose, Craig, Sean, Tirie, and Bo. Tirie and Bo are the greenhorns this season. Greenhorns to crabbing that is, they both have had years of experience on boats in Alaska.
That's about all I have to report for now. I will be talking to Sean when they get to Saint Paul to offload. So I will have more to report on then. I'm attaching a few pictures from past years.
I'll be posting another update after I talk to Sean. I asked him to try and take some pictures as well. But as he reminded me, "Mom, I'm there to work, not take pictures." If I don't get any pictures from him, that's fine with me. It means he and the crew are busy working and being safe. I'm ok with that!
Thanks for reading. If you are new to the blog, start from the very beginning of all the previous posts, and then you will be caught up. If you have any questions, ask away. Until then, here is Crabby Mama wishing for safe fishing to all.