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Joanna- Today is November 1, 1995, and we are here with John
Weeks, that is Kim, Chris, and I. We are going to talk about
fishing, and what got him into the business, and the culture
and stories about it. First off, what made you get into fishing?
You said you had only been here five years, is that as a shop,
or have you only been fishing five years?
John Weeks- No, I've only been at the shop for five years.
I've been fishing on and off all my life. I just enjoy fishing.
I worked on a long line boat for a couple of years. It went
up and down the east coast, and down to Peurto Rico. That was
always fun, and I made good money. Then when the regulations
tightened up on the sword fish, and we weren't able to fish
for them like we had in the past, we couldn't go to the grand
banks, I got into this business.
Joanna- So what did you start as recreational at first, and
then go to the long boat?
John Weeks- Uh huh. Uh huh. As kids we all fished all the
time. Then I knew some friends who did it for a living. They
called and asked me if I wanted to go, and I went. That was
in Peurto Rico.
Joanna- So you went to Peurto Rico for the long boat stuff.
How long did you do that?
John Weeks- Two years.
Joanna- What all was involved in that process? You said you
went up and down the coast, but what did you do?
John Weeks- The longlining is the type of fishing where they
use a set line. Some lines are floating lines that float on
the water, and some are on the bottom. You may fish somewhere
from 500 to 2,000 hooks a day. The fish that we targeted were
tuna, and swordfish you kind of had to follow them because they
were migratory fish. In the winter time we would go to San
Yuan, Puerto Rico and fish out of there and fish the Virgin
Islands. In the summer time we would move up the coast up to
Boston, and fish out of Boston. We would fish out of Georgia
banks, and fish the grand banks.
Joanna- So you would just go up and down the east coast? You
just didn't stay in one place, you went all around.
John Weeks- We went everywhere. Whereever the fish were at,
we went. That is why the guys that are really still doing well
with the long lining now have permits to fish out of other
countries. There are lots of fish out in South America.
Joanna- When the regulations went up, do you still fish?
John Weeks- I still fish.
Joanna- How often do you fish?
John Weeks- We try to fish two to three trips a month. We fish
about three days at a time. We fish off shore here. We fish
anywhere from.forty to sixty miles off shore. We stay gone
usually three days, and a three day catch is usually about a
thousand pounds of fish.
Joanna- Do you have a lot of bycatch?
John Weeks- We have zero bycatch.
Joanna- What kind of fish do you try for?
John Weeks- All of the fishing we do is hook and line. We use
the snapper boat.









Joanna- That is a lot of fish you get with that. Is there any
specific things you try to do to get a lot of fish? Traditions
or anything like that help get more fish?
John Weeks- Not really. We just move around a lot. Because
it is hook and line, you only catch the fish that bite. You
may catch fish here today, and not catch them there tomorrow.
Joanna- What do you use as bait?
John Weeks- We use mainly squid, sardines, minnows, and stuff
like that.
Joanna- So you do not use any certain type of bait to lure them
in. Does certain type of bait lure a certain type of catch?
John Weeks- No, not the type of fishing that we do. We try
in one spot, and if they aren't biting we'll go to another spot.
We use a depth finder to find the fish on the bottom. That's
what they call bottom fishing. We just ride along till we hit
a school of fish. We drop down, and if they aren't biting just
go on the next one.
Joanna- Did you start fishing like that when you opened the
store, or did you fish like that before?
John Weeks- I had fished like that before. Back in the late
seventies is when I started fishing.
Joanna- So you just moved on and gradually got enough fish to
open a store of your own?
John Weeks- The main reason I got back into fishing down here
is that when I moved down here and opened his store, I couldn't
get anyone to sell me fish. So therefore I drove to Mayport
everyday, bought fish, and brought them back to the store.
We got then we got the idea of buying another boat, and we
started fishing, and supplying some of our own fish, which worked
out really well.
Joanna- What type of boat was it again?
John Weeks- It is a Delta. -A snapper boat.
Joanna- How big are those?
John Weeks- They range anywhere from 23 to a 50 ft boats. Some
of the boats will stay gone seven to eight days at a time, but
that is pretty much the max.
Joanna- Because you have to have food, and fuel.
John Weeks- Also you are icing fish, you aren't freezing them.
After you start catching fish the first day. You won't be in
good shape when they come in. Fish six days old, is six days
old.
Joanna- Do you have any fish stories that you know?
John Weeksk- Oh yeah, lots of them.
Joanna- Well, would you share them with us? We would like to
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John Weeks- Well, I don't remember any in particular. I remember
times when we had really good catches. I can tell then all
the time. There was a trip that was the fourth of July, 1979,
1980, it was just a hot calm day, and somehow we found some
fish. We caught like a thousand pounds of fish in an hour and
half. Of snapper. It was a good day. Like now, I said in
three days we try to catch a thousand pounds of fish.
Joanna- Three days. And then you got that in an hour and a
half. That doesn't happen very often.
John Weeks- No, it doesn't happen very often at all. The fish
catches are still pretty good. What I have noticed is that
certain species of fish you don't catch many of them, and other
species you catch more than what you're used to. I don't know
if that is because we changed some of our tactics, or if certain
fish are coming back, or certain fish are depleated, you know
I really can't say.
Joanna- Is there a best type of month or anything like that
to fish?
John Weeks- We don't, this kind of contradicts my fishing story,
but we don't care that much about fishing in the summer time.
June, July, and August it is just too hot. The fish get kind
of dormat, they don't move around, they just don't feed as well.
Our time of year is in the spring, and in the fall. Then usually
here January, and February are pretty nasty months, and we don't
fish that much.
Joanna- It gets cold.
John Weeks- Yeah, and the wind is blowing. Is the main thing.
Joanna- So you normally fish in the spring and the fall, and
that is when you do the best.
John Weeks- Yeah, we still fish in the summer time, we just
don't have that great of catches.
Joanna- So do you have any other stories of times when you
remember real good catches, or any weird things that happenened?
Any superstitions? We heard accounts of different stories.
Kim- Like catching weird stuff.
John Weeks- I used to see a lot of that when I was on the long
line boat. Catches, were just fish that I had never seen before.
I did fish with a guy in Jacksonville and we went to the Grand
Banks to fish, and we'd been gone about thirty days, and the
captain on the boat was diabetic. Because we were about to
run out of food, he quit taking his insulin like he was supposed
to, but nobody really knew what was going on. In the matter
of about twenty hours, he went into a diabetic coma. We were
about seven days from the shore, that was very interesting.
The air Canda rescue flew some paramedics out there.
Joanna- You were near Canada?
John Weeks- Yes, right off the tail end of the Grand Banks.
They flew some paramedics out there, and they parachuted into
the water. We picked them up, and got his condition stabalized.
They thought that the helicopters were going to fly out and
get him, and that didn't happen until three days later, when
we got close enough to sable island. They were sea sick. The
paramedics were. They did, they saved his life. I think another
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Joanna- So you just ran out of food so he decided not to take
his medicine.
John Weeks- Yeah, he never took his medicine like he was
supposed to. When the food ran real close and all, I mean
we could still eat fish, there was plenty of fish. But because
he wasn't eating regular, he didn't take his insulin like he
was supposed to.
Joanna- He figured that would help.
John Weeks- I guess.
Joanna- Don't take the medicine, I'll get better.
John Weeks- It was so funny, I was siting there one night at
the gally table, and he walked out of the wheel house, and kind
of staggered like he was drunk, and I said 'What is wrong with
you?' and he was like 'Oh, my medicine's not right.' In a matter
of eight to ten hours, he was in bad shape. This was in twelve,
thirteen foot seas, it was pretty bad for a couple days.
Joanna- So who took over while all this was happening?
John Weeks- I did.
Joanna- You did?
John Weeks- Yeah, I was the first mate on the boat. We didn't
have enough fuel to get back to Boston, so I had to take the
boat to Halifax, which was an experience for me because it was
the foggiest place I had ever been, to where for three days
you couldn't see from one end of the boat to the other. It
was something. That was one of my experiences. I have pictures
of us, when we finally got close enough to'sable island, they
flew a helicopter to an oil rig there, and they refueled there
so they had enough fuel to come get us. They lifted him off
the boat, and they lifted the paramedics off the boat. I got
pictures of it.
Joanna- How long were you there before you became first mate?
John Weeks- Well this particular boat, I hired on as first mate.
The captain was a friend of mine, we had gone to school together.
I was kind of sad because the trip before that we were fishing
on Georgia's banks, and he had wound his hand into a block,
and piece of rope got wound around his pinky finger, and ran
it into a pulley. So we came in, and they pretty much sewed
his pinky back together. When he got sick on this next trip,
he lost his finger, they had to ammputate it.
Joanna- So he didn't do well health wise.
John Weeks- Yeah, he was a really good captain, he caught fish
really well, he just didn't take care of himself. He was
diabetic, and he should have taken better care of himself.
We ran into a lot of stuff like that long lining, bad storms,
and stuff. Sometimes we would fish a thousand miles off shore.
You don't have good communication with the people and stuff
like that.
Joanna- So you took over while he was doing that. How many
other people did you have on the boat with you?
John Weeks- There were three other people on the boat other
than myself. There was myself and three others.
Joanna- Only three other people, including the captain?
John Weeks- Yeah, on a long line boat like that it takes a lot
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you only get to go up there, you only get to take like four
or five trips a year up there, because the rest of the year
the weather is too bad to fish up there.
Joanna- So you only need like four people to do this?
John Weeks- Yeah, only four or five.
Joanna- You say that is a lot, how many people normally do this?
John Weeks- Well, some of the long line boats that fish in
Florida, and up to the Carolinas only fish like three people
to a boat. They don't fish the amount of gear that we fished
up there. Up there, when you left the dock it cost thirty
thousand dollars to leave the dock for a thirty day trip.
Joanna- That is for all the food, and fuel, and all that.
John Weeks- Yeah we would run for like five days before we
actually started to fish. Just go slow on the boat.
Joanna- When you were out there that long, how did you keep
the fish? Because you were talking earlier about how the fish
get old.
John Weeks- You used a different type of ice, we used salt water
ice. We had ice machines on the boat to make the ice. Saltwater
ice is a lot colder, there was less bacteria, and the fish were
cold. You really had to take care of them, but they would hold.
No problem.
Joanna- I can imagine that if you were out there that long,
did you have to make sure they constantly got enough ice?
John Weeks- You caught some fish every day.. It was a big boat,
I mean this boat would hold forty pounds of fish. If you were
catching three or four thousand pounds of fish a day then you're
just continually icing them, you're continually making ice.
Joanna- So they use a lot of ice, but how do you ice them when
you're on the boats here? That's different.
John Weeks- We take ice with us, we have a big fish box, a
fiberglass box, it has a foam filling that holds ice real well.
We'll take like a thousand, twelve hundred pounds of ice with
us.
Joanna- What kind of ice? It's not saltwater ice? It's just
regular ice?
John Weeks- No, it's just a regular freshwater ice. We take
it with us and we just ice the fish as we catch them.
Joanna- How many people do you take out when you do that?
John Weeks- Normally just myself and one other person. Most
of your snapper boats, they fish three to five people.
Joanna- When your out on those ships for so long, do you ever
get tired of the other people on the thirty day trips?
John Weeks- Oh yeah. Yeah, some people would lay down and not
do their jobs like they were supposed to so other people had
to take up the slack for them. Yeah, thirty days is a long
time to be gone.
Joanna- You had talked about how you had to buy fish from other
people, were those the older people you had talked about?
John Weeks- Yeah, pretty much. They had been established for
many years, and they were selling to fish markets that were
already here. And, they just didn't want anyone new in town.
It took a while, it took like two or three years before they
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around sooner to sell us fish, but some of them, it took a long
time.
Joanna- So you had to drive all the way to Mayport to get fish?
John Weeks- Uh, huh. Uh, huh.
Joanna- So you had to transport it back here.
John Weeks- Yeah.
Joanna- So now do you do about half of the fishing that you
sell?
John Weeks- No, we don't sell more than one 1/100th of what
we, we don't catch one 1/100th of what we sell. We sell a lot.
Mainly in the wholesale. We sell a lot of fish to the
restaurants, it is one of our main things here.
Joanna- So you are kind of a middle man between the fishermen
and the restaurants.
John Weeks- Right, right. When we fish, we tend to target
certain species of fish that we sell really well in our retail.
That a lot of the other boats don't care to fish for, or don't
fish for. We find ourselves doing that all the time.
Joanna- So, you said there are six or so main people that you
buy from?
John Weeks- Main boats here in town.
Joanna-Main boats in town?
John Weeks- Yeah, uh huh. Then we other boats all over the
state that we buy from,. and on up into Georgia.
Joanna- Is it still as hard to find the fish as it was before?
John Weeks- Oh, no. When we first opened, 90% of our fish we
had to go buy from another wholesaler. Now, we get 90% of our
fish from the local fisherman. Which just gives us a fresher,
better product.
Joanna- Did you ever have any experiences with a shark, or things
like that while you were on the ships?
John Weeks- Not, scary experiences, nothing like that. We caught
some big sharks.
Joanna- You caught sharks on the..
John Weeks- Yeah, on the long line. When we were up around
the Grand Banks fishing, we would harpoon Macko sharks up there.
Here last year one of the sport boats caught like a six hundred
pound macko shark. We ended up getting that shark.
Joanna- You bought it.
John Weeks- Selling it.
Joanna- Do people eat the shark meat, and use the insides?
John Weeks- Well, yeah, they eat a lot of shark now. I know
in the olden days they used to take like the livers and stuff,
and make stuff out of them, but I don't think they do that as
much anymore. Just because you don't have the sharks you used
to have. See, like, one of the biggest things on the shark
is the fins. They sell the fins to make shark fin soup out
of them. They get lots of money for the fins. What they had
problems doing, they didn't have an out for the shark meat up
until the last few years. Now, a lot more people are eating
shark now, but they were having problems with fishermen cutting
the fins off the shark, and then just dumping the shark back
overboard. That went on a lot until they put some regulations
on them and all, and they said if you come in and you have a




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certain amount of shark fins, then you better have a certain
amount of shark. It's a real regulated fishery now. In fact,
I saw just the other day that it is all limited entry now.
They won't let any new boats get into the shark fishery.
Joanna- What if you accidentally happen to catch one? Is that
Ok?
John Weeks- We turn them loose. If we catch one we just turn
them loose. A lot of times we will just cut the line, and if
we can we get the hook out. If it is going to be dangerous
for us to get the hook out, then we just cut the line. Over
a period of a couple weeks, the hook will rust away.
Joanna- So they don't do much with the insides of sharks anymore?
John Weeks- No, not to my knowledge. They may in other
countries. I know that they used to use, I believe the livers
out of them to make an oil or a perfume or something. I'm not
real sure what it was. I don't think they do it as much anymore.
Joanna- What do they do, do they just throw that part away?
John Weeks- Yeah.
Joanna- Are there parts of the fish that you use for different
things like that with the fish?
John Weeks- Well, we like, all of our fish scraps in here, we
have crabbers that pick them up. When the net ban went into
effect it really, the price of bait went up really high.
Therefore, we're able to give all our scraps away to crabbers.
Which helps us because we don't have to haul it off, and it
helps them because they don't have to buy bait. That's worked
out really well.
Joanna- Yeah, that is nice. So you don't have a lot of problems
with the sharks hurting you or anything like that?
John Weeks- No, I've never had any experience with them other
than what I said.
Joanna- Any manatee?
John Weeks- No, we don't see manatees.
Joanna- So, you only get straight fish, and that's it?
John Weeks- Yeah, it's the hook and line is a pretty clean
way of fishing. Occasionally, I know one time that we hooked
a turtle in its flipper. We got him up, and we got the hook
out, and he swam off.
Joanna- What type of fish, do you have a lot of mullet around
here?
John Weeks- Yes, they do. Up until just recently we were getting
a lot from the cast netters. When the net ban went into effect,
it kind of helped the cast netters. Normally we have a lot
of them, but I think they are all doing something else, maybe
flounder, castnet shrimp or something like that.
Joanna- What are all the different types of fish life in the
area?
John Weeks- Like, what I call inshore fishermen. Most of them
are guys who make a living getting either oysters or clams.
They get flounders at night, they cast net fish whether it be
sheephead or mullet. A lot of them go to Georgia, and they
castnet shrimp. Mainly, just anyway they can to make a living
on the water. Fortunately here, we have Whitney Lab at
Marineland, and some of them work for Whitney Lab.










Joanna- What is that?
John Weeks- It's a lab that the University of Florida has to
work and experiment on fish, stuff like that. A lot of local
guys catch them bait, or they catch them certain species that
they need to experiment on.
Joanna- Then they sell them to Whitney lab, so they don't have
to worry about getting as much, as long as they get the certain
type of fish.
John Weeks- Right, well I know that Whitney lab is experimenting
with like raisin fish, and ton. I'm not sure all the experiments
that they are doing. Sometimes they hire these guys out, and
they hire them by piece work, pay them a certain amount for
something they catch. They may hire them for an hourly wage.
But at the same time, they get to work on the water, which is
what they want.
Joanna- So, is there a call of the water type of thing?
John Weeks- Yeah, I mean it's uh, when you have done it most
of your life, really there is nothing else they could go to.
They may go do construction work, which they do when it's slow.
Most of them, that is all they've ever done.
Joanna- With you, since you don't get a lot of your own fish,
you said you get one one hundredeth, so why do you go fish?
Does it really help?
John Weeks- Yeah, it helps because we make a really good profit
off of those fish. It also gets us out of here, everyone needs
a break from work sometimes. It is just a change of pace, and
S I do enjoy it. I would like to have a bigger boat next year,
we'll see.
Joanna- You just go because it is a break, sort of a vacation
thing. Even though you are working, still it is a change of
pace.
John Weeks- Yeah, it is a way to make money, and we enjoy doing
it.
Joanna- It is important to do something that you enjoy.
John Weeks- Yes.
Joanna- If you don't enjoy it you won't want to do it.
John Weeks- And you won't be very good at it.
Joanna-...It looks like you have a lot of customers today.
John Weeks- Actually this is our slow time of year, we are just
having a busy morning. In the morning, that is when we get
the restaurant orders done, and get them out of here. We have
six employees here, and this is just one of the slower days.
There is only three of us working today. On the weekend, it
is real busy. Friday and Saturday are our big days.
Joanna- Are you open six or seven days a week?
John Weeks- We're open six days a week, closed on Sundays.
Joanna- That makes it nice to have Sunday off.
John Weeks- Yeah.
Joanna- So this is a slow time for buying, but a big time for
catching.
John Weeks- Exactly.
Joanna- How does that work out?
John Weeks- Not that good. We end up shipping fish to other
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Joanna- All the way up there?
John Weeks- Oh yeah. We have trucks that come by here two or
three times a weeks. We set them in ice, and put them on the
trucks, and the next day they are in New York. That is exactly
what we do. That is exactly what it is. It is the fall and
the tourism here, I mean we've had a good year, but there's
not that many tourists here, and this is a tourist town. There's
just not that much business. We end up getting a lot more fish
then what we would sell in our retail.
Joanna- When is the big time for when people want to buy fish?
John Weeks- Well, the spring of the year we do real good, and
the summer time is always real busy.
Joanna- But, you have less fish during the summer.
John Weeks- Right, right.
Joanna- So, it kind of flip flops in the way that it is needed.
You get more fish when you don't need them, and you don't have
the fish when you need them. What do you do during the summer
when you don't have as much fish?
John Weeks- We just try, we have to go out of state sometimes
to get fish. That is where the import fish are coming in now.
We don't do it too much, but some end up having to buy import
fish.
Joanna- From where? Like South America?
John Weeks- From like Ecuador, South America. Lots of dolphin,
lots of sword fish, lots of tuna.
Joanna- Down there? Do they have as many regulations are there
are up here?
John Weeks- I'm sure they don't. They just haven't had the
fishermen down there in years. Some of those countries just
started to sell fish here in the last few years. There is more
demand for them here now. What they do is fly them into Miami,
and then they distribute it all from Miami. There are just
more and more people getting into it.
Joanna- Since more people are getting into it down there that
makes more fish for there to be imported. You try to keep it
local like here and Georgia.
John Weeks- We try to keep it local just because we like our
fish in better shape then what we can buy from down there.
Kim- I was going to ask you, how did you learn to fish? Was
it a family thing?
John Weeks- No, not in my family, it was more with friends of
mine. I'm originally from Virginia, and West Virginia, that
area, and there isn't a lot of fishing up there. It was just
with friends. The more I did it, the more I liked it so I just
stayed with it.
Joanna- With your friends, was it is their families?
John Weeks- Some of them. I grew up north of here about thirty
miles from Palm Valley. It was more inland fishing then it
was off-shore. I had always wanted to fish off-shore. There
is a lot more fish, quality of fish.
Joanna- There are different types of fish out there too, did
you like that kind of fish better?
John Weeks- Uh, huh. It works out better for us here, because
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Kim- We are also interested in knowing, have you heard any good
fish stories from the older fishermen around here?
John Weeks- Oh, yeah. I have heard thousands of them, some
of them I believe, and some of them I don't. Not any that I
can put my trust in. Most of them are just exaggerations of
catches, is what they are. I know that before fishing got so
high-tech with electronics and stuff, that one of the little
fishers here, Speck Stevens, he caught lots and lots of red
snapper here, on places that he found in-shore, which we consider
eight to ten miles out from shore. He found catches of snapper
where he caught four to five thousand pounds of fish in a day.
That was probably in the late sixties. Now, there are just
so many people fishing that you have to go further, and further.
Whereas there was less boats, and the fish don't have as much
pressure put on them.
Joanna- So there are too many boats now?
John Weeks- There are too many people fishing. It is not so
much commercial fishing, there are so many sports boats fishing.
The fish kind of wise up to it, is what we say. We have to
use lighter gear, so that they don't see it. The fish just
kind of wise up to all the tricks.
Joanna- You think they realize that you are there.
John Weeks- Oh, yeah. Yeah. I mean, we can change certain gears
of fish, like a lighter line and smaller hooks, and sometimes
it will improve things. Where as you know, we fish a lot further
off shore then we used to. We just didn't have to go that far.
Just because of the pressure of more and more boats, more people
fishing and all. The fish wise up to it no doubt.
Joanna- They just go, look there's a boat, kind of thing.
John Weeks- Yeah, here they come.
Joanna- So you think that once they've gone further out, they
don't' realize it as much?
John Weeks- You don't have as many boats out there.
Joanna- You don't have as many boats, so the fish are less
knowledgeable about the tricks.
John Weeks- Yeah, people have this phobia about being so far
off shore. Which I mean when it gets rough, you have further
to come in, but there's less boats and better fishing, the
further you go.
Joanna- Is it ever scary out there, when the winds get real
bad.
John Weeks- Yeah, sometimes. Especially in the fall of the
year, we'll get a northeaster. We don't always get the best
weather reports that they're coming. They will creep up on
you. You're spending the night, and the wind starts blowing
during the night. When you went to bed it was two foot sea,
and when you woke up, there are ten foot seas. Yeah, so
sometimes it does.
Kim- Have you ever seen any bizarre weather happenings?
John Weeks- Oh, yeah. Yeah. Water spouts. There are just
like, there may be a front line come through, but I have seen
as many as twenty one water spouts all at one time. That's
when you know it is time to go home.
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John Weeks- These were right in a line. You could see the change
in the clouds, the clouds coming. These were right in a straight
line just coming. It is almost always in the fall of the year
that there is really bad weather.
Chris- We were talking about the water spouts. Have you ever
been through a water spout?
John Weeks- No, no. I've only heard of two or three incidents
of boats that got caught in a water spout. No casualties,
but the boats were torn up. Myself, I steer clear of them.
Chris- Out of all your boats, you've never had one go through
a storm?
John Weeks- No. The worst thing that I had was on a long line
boat, and we took a wave over the bow. It hurt one of the
outriggers real bad. Scared everybody. That was about it.
Joanna- You just steer clear of them, if they get near.
John Weeks- Yeah. It is easier for the faster boats, because
they can dodge them. My fear has always been of one being at
night, and not being able to see it. I've never had one.
I've been in some pretty bad thunder storms at night, but usually
when the weather is real bad, we just anchor up, and ride it
out. The boat will take more than we can stand. You'll think
your life is coming to an end, but the boat can take some pretty
bad weather.
Joanna- That's good that the boat is able to take that.
John Weeks- We do a lot of maintance on oir boat, to keep it
up. There's a lot of boats that do sink out there. I have
to say that I believe that the majority of the boats just haven't
been taken care of. There are certain things they just don't
take care of.
Chris- Have you ever had any problems with seasickness?
John Weeks- No, I've been quesy before, but never sea sick.
There's a lot of people that get sea sick, but not me. Knock
on wood.
Joanna- We will try to wrap it up since you have a lot to do.
For the future, when we first came you talked there's all the
older people who are fishing now. What do you think is going
to happen to fishing once they have all retired?
John Weeks- I really don't know. I think that is why you see
the major increase in imported fish. In the past four or five
years, they've made some restrictions to where it is really
hard to get your liscence. It is so funny. They'll sell you
what they call saltwater products liscence, but in order to
sell what they call restricted species, which is most everything
now, you have to sell $5000 worth of fish sales in a one year
period. So therefore, there's no way to ever get the initial
year. They'll sell you a saltwater liscence, they limit it
to about three or four speices that you can catch, in order
to qualify you for a restricted species liscence. There's no
possible way that you can do that. They have made it to where
the new people getting into it can't qualify to have the liscence
to sell the fish. I don't know what is going to happen with
that.
Joanna- We would just like to thank you for your time today,
and for interviewing with us. You have been a great help.






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S John Weeks- Well good I'm glad that I could help.
Joanna- We really appreciate that you were willing to spend
your time with us. We know that you are busy here, and they
need your time.







































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