What does it feel like to fish for salmon and albacore on a small, wooden boat, braving rough seas and narrow rocky harbors? Why would anyone choose this uncertain, dangerous way to make a living? A young Mendocine Coast fisherman describes the excitement and thrills of his experiences on small, wooden boats on the turbulent north pacific, and the strange appeal of this life for him.
is a California writer who specializes in communicating technical information to the layperson. She has written extensively about California water issues, including publications for the prestigious Water Education Foundation. She has also been a lobbyist and political consultant. Ms. Duncan grew up near Noyo Harbor on the Northern California coast and has a lifelong interest in commercial fishing.
The narrator, Patrick D. Robbins, was a commercial fisherman at Noyo Harbor in the 1960s and 1970s and provided the true experiences related in this book. He now finds excitement as a corrections officer at a state prison near Susanville, California, and spare time sailing. He is the author's brother.