The harbor in Ventura, California is a real treat for any weary fishermen who has been stuck in too many dismal rainy ports of call. The beauty of Ventura Harbor is the touristy village that bustles with numerous restuarants, bars, and retail stores. The massive harbor is a nice mix of pleasure craft and commercial fishing boats. Did I mention that it's minutes away from surfing? Ventura Harbor is a fishermen's dream come true. If you are ever in the area, make sure to check it out.
Oh yes! Drone footage and awesome daylight squid fishing in Monteray, California. As always, Jason Crosby delivers a slick edit of the 2014 squid season, from the deck of the Ocean Angel II. Be sure to tune into http://www.fishfilmfest.com for all of the latest and great commercial fishing videos from the 2014 cycle. New updates are coming to the site and we will be annoucing our winter film tour in November.
The Ocean Angel II is a massive cable seiner, so safety is the number one concern while fishing at night. My new crewmember Juan, decided to introduce a little style to his hard hard. The inspiring drawing shows the Ocean Angel II making a nice big squid set. Awesome!
The squid fleet has harvested 97,605 square tons of the 118,000 quota as of October 10th, 2014. Luckily, I got the chance to come down to Ventura, California and help clean up the remains of season. This is the elusive prey of the vampire fishermen, Loligo Opalescens.
Not all Dungeness pots make it back to the boat! California fishermen have teamed up with UC Davis and the Humbolt Fishermen's Marketing Association to retrieve derelict crab gear in the off season. So far, their efforts have produced nearly 600 rogue crab pots in the waters off of Eureka, Trinadad, and Cresent City. Tune in to see how it's done. For more info click here
Market Squid started April 1st this year and a bit of squid has started to pour in. Mostly, boats are getting ready for their long season, which can last up to 7 months. Last summer, big numbers were caught during the beginning of the season, instead of the typical blast of squid in the fall. So, a few more boats are kicking into high gear early this year and hoping for a big push of squid over the summer months. A huge thanks to my fellow fishermen, Jason Crosby for the sweet pic! Good luck down there! We will miss you in Southeast Alaska. Jason Crosby is a career fishermen with a rich history in the west coast fishing culture. Check out www.ageniusproject.com to see his latest labour of love.
The soundtrack is mos def NSFW, but the footage is great. It’s the first time we get West Coast Shrimpin footage on the CFVOTD. I have a particular weakness for shrimp and its cool to see how’s it done on the West coast. I still believe that shrimp are one of the truly untapped markets along the west coast. Farm raised shrimp continue to flow, but few have tasted the true succulent scrumptiousness of a wild Spot prawn. Whoever’s paying attention, get yourself a shrimp permit and start raking in the dough. These little bugs are the key to sea to table. Anyone know what the number one consumed seafood is in America? For the past nine years it’s been Shrimp! http://www.aboutseafood.com/about/top-10-consumed-seafoods
San Pedro is one of the strangest harbors that I have fished out of. The facilities are lacking, nets just pile up on the breakwater and fishermen mill about the old canneries at the mouth of the harbor. The entire harbor has a sense history surrounded by a modern world. You can literally see the old harbor based on fishing versus the new harbor designed for trade. If you ever happen to be in the area, cruise down and check out battle of old versus new for yourself. You might be surprised by what you prefer…