To run a set net operation you don't need a lot of
people, but the ones you do have need to know what they are doing at
all times. No two fishermen are alike and they all seem to run a
different version of set netting.
Every once in a while Cook Inlet can be very calm,
but sometimes Cook Inlet is so rough that people set the nets near
shore instead of out into the ocean with the boat. If the crew
doesn't have enough hands they go out and hire some more.
Each net has a lead line, which is at the bottom
of the net and the cork line which is at the top of the net. If you
have your permit, you can fish three nets.
Commercial fishing is a business, a way to make a
living. Here is a list of requirements:
#1. A limited entry
permit This permit must be bought. It is
the license required to fish a set net in Cook Inlet waters.
#2. A shore fishery
lease This is a small area of Cook Inlet
shore which provides a place to position the set nets.
The minimum equipment necessary to set the nets and harvest salmon is listed
a. set (gill)
nets To set a net you need a pickup
truck, large tires are preferred.
nets Usually three thirty five fathom
nets per permit are fished on a shore fishery lease.
c. Driven stakes or
anchors These hold the net in a
d. Skiff It needs to be equipped
with an outboard motor, oars, fish brailer, guide posts, radio, life
e. A way to
unload the fish brailers, usually a large
truck equipped with a boom.
f. A pick-up truck with totes to deliver the fish to the
g. A crew of experienced
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LAYING OUT THE NETS RIGHT FROM THE
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