SG Deckhand – Age 49, Westport, Wash.
Sean started fishing right out of high school after a friend showed him just how lucrative it could be. That was roughly 30 years ago, and he has been doing it ever since. Recently, Sean had been fishing dungeness crab to dismal results, and was more than happy to accept Jake’s offer to come aboard the Saga last season. Despite all the drama, Sean is returning to the Saga this year. He loves being on deck, preferring to sweat and work it out with his brothers than to sit in the stuffy wheelhouse. Despite his affection for fishing, Sean considers it the ultimate love-hate relationship: “When I’m out there I hate it, but when I’m home I miss it. It calls to me.” Like any veteran fisherman, Sean has lots of tales to tell, especially from the frenzied derby days of crabbing. Sean was tested last season when the hydraulic boom intermittently lost power, causing the suspended pot to sway like a wrecking ball. This season, Sean will continue to provide an important veteran presence on deck, even more important for a boat looking to rebound.