Line Fisher

Catch fishes and other marine life with hooks and lines.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Line Fishers do?

Catches fish and other marine life with hooks and lines, working alone or as member of crew: Lays out line and attaches hooks, bait, sinkers, and various anchors, floats, and swivels, depending on quarry sought. Puts line in water, and holds, anchors, or trolls line to catch fish. Hauls line onto boat deck or ashore by hand, reel, or winch, and removes catch. Stows catch in hold or boxes and packs catch in ice. May hit fish with club to stun it before removing it from hook. May fish with gaff to assist in hauling fish from water. May slit fish, remove viscera, and wash cavity to clean fish for storage. May steer vessel in fishing area. When fishing with line held in hand, is designated Fisher, Hand Line. When fishing with fixed line equipped with hooks hung at intervals on line, is designated according to whether line is trawl as Fisher, Trawl Line; or trot as Fisher, Trot Line. When fishing with line that is trolled, is designated Fisher, Troll Line.

Should I be a Line Fisher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Fisher, Hand Line, Fisher, Haul, Drag, Or Beach Seine, Fisher, Line, Fisher, Purse Seine, Fisher, Trawl Line See More

    How to become a Line Fisher

    Most Line Fishers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9nahaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2816%25%29||bachelor%27s+%289%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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