By Garland Kennedy
Sitka Sentinel Writer 

Skipper recalls life on fishing grounds


Photo courtesy of Jamie Ross

Skipper Jamie Ross smiles after accidentally getting hit on the head by a hydraulic winch line as he was pumping herring off his seiner in this undated photo. "I was so busy I didn't notice the blood running down my face until one of my kids on deck noticed and said something!" he said.

This year's sac roe herring fishery in Sitka Sound held unusual challenges for the fishing fleet, with vast schools of fish on their annual run settling in places tough for purse seiners to operate in during that critical period just before spawning, longtime seine skipper Jamie Ross told the Sentinel.

Ross, whose home port is Homer, has fished for more than three decades in Sitka's seasonal herring fishery. This year's fishery was possibly his last.

"This was a very complex year; the fish were all over the place," Ross said in an interview aboard his seine boat Anduril, as fishing wound down...

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