Are you allowed to fish on a US Navy ship?

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Mudassir Ali 6 months 4 Answers 201 views 0

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  1. In 1989, my ship was going to do a port of call in Victoria BC. Remembering my uncle taking me crabbing as a kid, I directed my guys in the engineroom on how to build a simple crab pot.

    Another sailor caught a dogfish with a rod and reel, and we cut it up for bait. We ended up catching a ton of dungeness crab. We borrowed a pot from the messdecks, another guy scrounged up 5 lbs of butter and a half dozen lemons. We used steam from an auxiliary steam line and cooked/ate all the crab down in the Engineroom.

    We had more than we could eat. We invited friends from all over the ship.

    It was a wonderful night.

    No one wearing khakis was invited or attended.

    About a week later, I transferred to A-Gang. I heard through the grapevine that the engineroom made a bigger pot and caught some king crab in Adak, Alaska. It was a smaller party and they ended up getting in some trouble over it.

    We didn’t get in trouble in Canada, because the ship was basically a floating embassy. As long as we fished from the ship, we had diplomatic immunity. But in US Waters, US rules applied. US rules required a commercial fishing license to catch king crab.

  2. While in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, we noticed all sorts of sharks. One of my shipmates asked our captain whether we could trying catching one. He agreed and we took some really old meat, stuck on a really big hook and dragged astern as we left the harbor. Sure enough we got a bite. The problem was it was way too big to be caught. We didn’t want to cut it loose with a big hook in its mouth, and we finally settled on trying to drown it by dragging it thru the water to drown it.

    Once clear of the harbor, the captain sped up and soon the shark had drowned. We dragged it on board using a boat davit, cut it up and the cooks set about cooking it for dinner. The problem with sharks is they’re bottom feeders and this shark must have lived off of garbage because it stunk… and tasted even worse. So ended our shark adventures.

  3. Off the West Coast almost straight out from Los Angeles… When in port on the island of Catalina and visiting the city of Avalon, those who had to remain on ship for duty, had a wide variety of recreation sources. On the ship I was on we had an exceptional Recreational Officer and he made sure we were well equipped with Deep Sea fishing Rods and Reals and Tackle. I tried my hand and caught several good size Jack Tuna and didn’t even need a license. Though I was upstaged by two cooks that had got a long Manila rope, large hook and a small beef roast and they hooked an eight foot hammerhead shark that they hauled in using the boat winch… We all ate good for a day!!! I was stationed on a Destroyer and we were taking a break from ship gun training on the farside of the island…

  4. While a ET1 Reservist I was once sent on a MINEX (Mine warfare exercise) in the gulf of Alaska for two weeks. A Mine Sweeper (in this case the USS Esteem, MSO 438) has some of the best SONAR in the world for locating mines. As a side benefit it can double as a excellent fish finder. When the other boats went back to port at night we’d stay out and fish. My LPO and the CO were both avid fishermen. We eventually had so much fish in the reefers (mostly flounder) that they announced “Ice Cream Call! Over the 1MC. The Mess Cooks had to empty all the ice cream aboard to make room for the fish. The next to last night before we few temp assigned Reservists left they had a fish fry/grill and we ate till we were stuffed.

    That same boat had a Reservist Messcook who worked as a pastry chef in a Seattle five star hotel, we always had outstanding pastries and desserts! I’ve always fondly remembered that active duty!

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