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Old 07-15-2013, 12:50 AM   #1
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I know this topic gets brought up a good bit but if anyone needs a deckhand shoot me a message. I have asked around at marinas with not much luck so I think its worth a shot to ask on the forum.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:53 AM   #2
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If you go down to the docks at the co-op in destin, you'll find some work...a few boats need guys now. Not for the faint of heart...
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:24 AM   #3
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If you're willing to work in Panama City I can check for you as a friend of mine is a captain over there and knows all of them. I used to do it back in a day, loved it, but physically it's a grind depending on the gig.
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I used to do it back in a day, loved it, but physically it's a grind depending on the gig.
Been there and done it..... If you are young, don't drink, and learn quick you can work yourself into a great spot. Starting out the work sucks the pay is ok BUT there is a bar within spitting distance of every marina. I started on a snapper boat and ended up with a decent gig on a local tournament boat. It doesn't take real long to figure out that there is no future in it really. Boats come and go, the big money guys take up tournament fishing hire a captain get a team then most of them in five years decide to start a new hobby, sell the boat and then you are back to where you started. No benefits unless you are good and get with a boat and captain that clicks and stays around. It was awesome for several years...
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Been there and done it..... If you are young, don't drink, and learn quick you can work yourself into a great spot. Starting out the work sucks the pay is ok BUT there is a bar within spitting distance of every marina. I started on a snapper boat and ended up with a decent gig on a local tournament boat. It doesn't take real long to figure out that there is no future in it really. Boats come and go, the big money guys take up tournament fishing hire a captain get a team then most of them in five years decide to start a new hobby, sell the boat and then you are back to where you started. No benefits unless you are good and get with a boat and captain that clicks and stays around. It was awesome for several years...
Right on. I started in highschool as a summer gig and used to laugh at my friends working as waiters for a fraction of what i made even though i was on a party boat working long hours for poor tips. Even on my worst days i had more fun. Due to most being on drugs, oversleeping etc., I was first mate in a month and in two seasons I was a first mate on a charter boat where I worked every summer through college. On that boat it was nothing to average $1000/week and some i knew full time on great boats could do make killer money and not really have to kill themselves. Yet, most pissed it all away. Only the captains make it long term really and even now it's tough as that profession is being legislated out of existence. One thing is for sure, you never had a problem meeting hot women if you were at all clean cut and polite.
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Three hiring phases in Charter Fishing:
Preseason, mid season burn out that happens the first of July, and when the school kids have to go back.
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Not being an @ss, but there are a lot better things to look into with a future. If you are in school and want to try it, just make sure you go back to school when it starts back.
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I made a lot of contacts while working on a charter boat. Got my captain's license. Then when I finished college I was able to get hired on to a good job thanks to some of our regular customers.

Always had plenty of money to blow on booze and gambling while in college
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