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Neptune's Apprentice: Adventures of a Commercial Fisherwoman Hardcover – 1984


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089141200X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891412007
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,302,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By s patrick blair on April 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A GREAT READ. IF YOU ARE INTO COMMERCIAL FISHING, OR ARE INRERESTED IN THE SAN FRANSISCO BAY FISHERIES, THIS IS YOUR BOOK. MS SANTOS REALLY SPINS A GREAT CHRONICLE OF HER FISHING CAREER, AND SOME OF THE INTERESTING PERSONALITYS THAT ARE IN THE FISHING GAME.
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I was commercial salmon fishing at the same time Marie was getting into fishing. Same area of the CA coast too. She just nailed it, captured the life and put it to words. Many unique personalities would be forgotten if not for Marie's book. Jimmy Hobo, the gravel voiced skipper of the Jackie Boy. Mario, Danny, Chef and the rest of the Yukon Gang, out of SF Fisherman's Wharf. Anchoring at Pt. Reyes and the Farallons. Seeking salmon with small boats in all kinds of weather and conditions. It was a wild life, dangerous too, all male and then Marie entered it: Kaboom. Culture shock. I remember the astonishment of some of the old timers when word got out that a woman was running a commercial fishing boat and actually doing well. Could it be true? True it was and she pioneered the way for other female skippers like Bev Knoll. There were customs and priorities that seemed crazy. Marie captured them with fidelity. Mario, the boss of the Yukon Gang (a small fleet of identically painted tan and white Monterey Clipper trollers (except for the gang's leader Mario's boat which was blue and white). The Yukon Gang was made up of Sicilian fishermen and based at Fishermans Wharf in SF. Mario, their leader, would sometimes radio "put em on the boat boys, early barbeque" right in the middle of hot fishing. His order was not questioned just obeyed. The gear was pulled and five boats "headed for the barn", usually Drakes Bay where they would enjoy red wine, sourdough bread, sea urchin roe, salmon and each others' company while the rest of us slavishly toiled to make the most out of a hot salmon run. It was about life being about more than money. It was about proving it. It was about showing others that you could literally walk away from it. I was only a kid when I first witnessed this seemingly crazy behavior.Read more ›
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This is out of print but should not be. It is full of well-crafted description and about a subject of wide interest - the life of the Ocean and the fishermen who risk their lives (or used to) to chase the seafood we all love to eat. It is a very personal memoir of a woman who went to sea as a commercial fisherman. But, though so personal, her experience and insights illuminate the whole sweep of that life.

Anyone who lives near the California Coast should find this a fascinating, at times gripping, at times humorous and always absorbing real-life story of what it is like to be on the Ocean and try to make a living at fishing. It is full of colorful, real people, true drama (commercial fishing is or at least was 20 years ago the most dangerous of all professions), full of insight.

I had no idea. I live and work right next to the Coast she describes - ALL the locales she fished near or out of are familiar landmarks. But I had my eyes opened totally to what goes on just a few miles away.
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