How to start Power Trolling

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How to start Power Trolling

Postby Martin09 » Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:48 am

I am looking to buy a power troller and permit at the end of the 2011 season to start fishing in 2012. Any helpful advise? I am from Ketchikan and I am looking for a 34-40 foot fiberglass/steel troller to buy.
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Re: How to start Power Trolling

Postby Martin09 » Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:24 pm

Is the fishing in SE alaska for a power troller still sustainable to make a living with? along with paying off loans?
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Re: How to start Power Trolling

Postby actionalaska » Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:20 pm

Depends on a whole lot of variables. Mainly, how much of your investment you need to finance to get into the fishery, and how many fish you catch. I would suggest buying a less expensive "starter" wood boat to try the fishery. Wood boats are inexpensive compared to steel or fiberglass of the same length, I have a 42' double ender built in 1939 and it fishes great. Good luck.
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Re: How to start Power Trolling

Postby kalitan97828 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:47 pm

If you are interested in chum fishing you might check out the f/v Chatam here in Sitka. It is well set up for that fishery.
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Re: How to start Power Trolling

Postby Salty » Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:42 pm

Chatham Mike Blewett.jpg
Here is a picture from a few years ago of the Chatham. Located in Sitka. Fishy boat for many years.
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Re: How to start Power Trolling

Postby Salty » Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:43 pm

Albo, 2010.jpg
Albo, also for sale this winter.
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Re: How to start Power Trolling

Postby Martin09 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:41 pm

Thanks for the advise. I commercial fish in the summer time, so I was hoping to use my check from that to put a good down payment on the boat/permit loan. As for the chum fishing. I am hoping to fish as much as possible. King/Coho/Chum. I live in Ketchikan, so I am hoping/planning on fishing it all. I have been looking at a 36ft fiberglass. It is just under 100k. So Im thinking around 150k to start out. The boat is VERY nice. 6’x12’x4’ fiberglass troller built by Albion in 1987. Economical Mitsubishi main rated at 160 hp. Burns 2.5 gallons at 7 knots. 10,000 lbs fish hold capacity. 12” combination crab, longline block, trolling gurdies and all miscellaneous gear. Raytheon GPS, Garmin GPS, Icom VHF, Raythoen radar, Furuno depth sounder, ComNav 2001 auto pilot and a laptop with a navigation program. I am just trying to get as much information about everything I can to see if I could financial do this. This boat has the capabilities of doing some longlining/crabbing which is a plus in my book. All feedback is encouraged! here is a link to the boat...http://www.dockstreetbrokers.com/listin ... hp?id=1452

I know it is spendy. But it seems like in the long run, it could be a boat that I could be happy with for a long time. Thanks again for all comments.
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Re: How to start Power Trolling

Postby Martin09 » Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:01 pm

Does that seem like too much to start out with?
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Re: How to start Power Trolling

Postby finn » Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:20 pm

Does anyone over in Sitka have information on the Chatham?
Do you know the price being asked for her and the owner contact information?
Thank you...
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Re: How to start Power Trolling

Postby Salty » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:27 pm

Send me a private message or give me a call and I will take your info and pass it on to the owner. Just did that last night for a guy. Talked to Mike last night and he is still interested in selling.
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Re: How to start Power Trolling

Postby Jon » Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:52 pm

You should not forget to look at the Canadian trollers. Recently some very nice 38' fiberglass trollers have sold, with asking prices under 70k!
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Re: How to start Power Trolling

Postby Martin09 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:02 pm

thanks, ive been looking at that site, lot of boats on there. Thanks again for all the support
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