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WhiteFlour54 karma


kiwi_hunter-11 karma

Don't down vote this, its a fair question. Wheres the proof? You are required to provide it.

Northeast_Wind79 karma

who would fake being a low-income crab fisherman from Nova Scotia? Sometimes reddit astounds me.

IPredictAReddit44 karma

Do you look down at Maine and think "you tropical-weather-having, light winter-enjoying ninnies..."?

Northeast_Wind66 karma


getdaledout85040 karma

Do you like liquor, like Jim Lahey?

Northeast_Wind122 karma

The shitapple doesn't fall far from the shit tree.

TheRealCyrilSneer38 karma

Fellow Nova Scotian here,

What's the name of your boat? Do you have any rituals or superstitions regarding crabbing? Why did you start crabbing (Family business?)?

Northeast_Wind108 karma

my only ritual is that i get incredibly drunk in the days leading up to the new season, and then don't drink until the season ends, at which point i commence drinking again.

bixel8831 karma

How many people with the last name Nickerson are you related to?

Northeast_Wind32 karma


macmantis29 karma

Do you think shows like Deadliest Catch have highlighted what an incredibly challenging and dangerous field you work in, glorified and sensationalised it, or something in between? For disclosure I loved DC when I got to watch it, but always wondered what someone in the industry not on the show felt about it. Many thanks.

Northeast_Wind72 karma

those guys work some pretty rough waters. the waters round NS are much calmer -- and those are deep water guys catchin king crabs. i have nothing but respect for them.

globbernaut22 karma

do you feel the oceans are being over exploited or do you feel ocean populations are safe?

Northeast_Wind31 karma

yes and no. some species, for sure. take cod or lobster for example. they were once incredibly abundant in the atlantic and now populations are dwindling. snow crabs though, are pretty hearty -- they recently adjusted the per catch quota due to much bigger than anticipated numbers

globbernaut9 karma

thanks. ever have a "why did I chose this profession" moment?

Northeast_Wind40 karma

only when we're pulling up blanks

alamoosook16 karma

About how many crabs do you catch on a normal day?

Northeast_Wind195 karma

depends if im with my first wife or not!

CervantesX15 karma

You have your own boat, or are you on a crew?

Northeast_Wind23 karma


Zerocrossing11 karma

Fellow east-coaster here, ready to ask the hard hitting questions:

Favourite Beer?

Northeast_Wind42 karma

can't go wrong with an Alexander Keith IPA. you?

vicmas0 karma

Keith IPA is not a real IPA. also fellow NS! hail from Halifax !

Northeast_Wind34 karma

Doesn't mean I can't like it!

coffeechikk11 karma

When is your off season? How many hours a day would you work when out at sea?

Northeast_Wind20 karma

10-14hrs a day in high season. not always out at sea, either! a lot of maintenence involved in crabbing.

my offseason is june-july-august, but i do odd jobs around Glace so dont really have breaks!

baginajuice10 karma

Ever had a man go overboard?

Northeast_Wind28 karma

a few times. myself included one of them. fortunately 3/3 on rescues. the time went over it was december -- not the most fun thing, trying to warm up after that...especially when the captain has a quota to reach and he won't go back to shore!

Willb3tray4food10 karma

What was the coolest sea creature you saw, either dragged up or spotted?

Northeast_Wind26 karma

does pulling up a waterlogged blanket count? because if it does, then that. scared shitless when that thing came out of the water.

Northeast_Wind23 karma

also, and this is insane - came across a dead dog floating 6mi from shore once. Came after a really stormy week, but it was still really far out. Not sure what happened there...

simonsutty9 karma

What is the best thing you have dreged up? What is your favorite area of Nova Scotia? What is the scariest Nor-Easter you have encountered?

Northeast_Wind36 karma

best thing? probably part of an old u-boat rotor. it was rusted pretty bad but had an eagle emblazoned on it.

for crabbin' i love north of glace bay. very pretty.

Rettider1239 karma

What type of crab do you normally fish?

Northeast_Wind16 karma

snow crab, generally.

Northeast_Wind13 karma

sometimes i head down south for blue crabs in the summer

feltmillipede8 karma

Do you fish rod and line aswell? If so what is your best catch?

Northeast_Wind20 karma

yeah, when i can. caught a king salmon a few years back that probably takes the cake.

0MagicPhil07 karma

What do you think about king crabs fisherman? Is it really harder than what you are doing?

Northeast_Wind11 karma

yes, as i said before, those boys are the pro's. they're playing with fire every time they go out.

lukemad6 karma

Did you ever read the poem "First Death in Nova Scotia" by Elizabeth Bishop?

Northeast_Wind11 karma

i haven't. should i?

kaaatie5 karma

Fellow Bluenoser here, hi! Do you worry about the future of the fishing industry in general in Nova Scotia? I'm currently a Nutrition student and we're learning quite a bit about sustainable agriculture and it has me interested in someday having my own sustainable farm. Other than the abundance of crab in the ocean, do you feel like there are less and less younger folk interested in becoming fishermen or farmers? Also, where abouts in Nova Scotia? I head up to Weymouth quite a bit, if you're around Digby area I'd be more than happy to drop by and support a local fisherman someday.

Northeast_Wind12 karma

Hi! I'm in Glace Bay. I do think young people have generally started to shun hands-on crafts like fishing and woodworking and farming and the like, but when you couple that with the falling supply of fish and other sea creatures i dont think you're seeing a big issue. But it does speak to something larger abouit us as a society maybe in terms of values and other things that kids dont want to do badass, manly, necessary jobs anymore!

kontol_besar5 karma


Northeast_Wind16 karma

in canada, snow crab season (my main source of income) starts in november and goes until april. depends, per pound, if you're selling to wholesalers or smaller guys. usually about $2/pound

Rhythm-Malfunction8 karma

It goes through hockey season! How do you function?!

Northeast_Wind18 karma

DVR. and we get 1-2 days off a week!

Rhythm-Malfunction1 karma

Nice! I was concerned for a minute there. Who's your favorite team?

actonesceneone9 karma

The only correct answer here is the Toronto Maple Leafs!


Rhythm-Malfunction7 karma

Wow this is not even okay...

Northeast_Wind19 karma

i am from outside toronto but am a ravenous canadians fan. please don't kill me.

RainingBrood5 karma

Biggest crab you've ever caught?

Northeast_Wind15 karma

3-4 lbs. Heads the size of baseball mitts. Once saw a deckhand from another boat pull out one that had to be 8-10 pounds, but not sure.

Northeast_Wind10 karma

these are snow crabs, fyi, so not anywhere as big as king's, the alaskan big boys

LordHaveMercyKill4 karma

Is the work seasonal? How often do you go out and for how long?

Northeast_Wind8 karma

seasonal in canada, anyway. nov-april. then some years i head south or elsewhere depending on whats popular and what kind of leads i can get.

prattling3 karma

Where on the coast are you? I'm outside Halifax, sailor on the navy ships. Not so much a sailor as a guy in a big tin can.

Northeast_Wind2 karma

Glace bay!

britmw2263 karma

Hey fellow Nova Scotian! What part are you from :)?

Northeast_Wind7 karma

originally from newmarket, ON. live in glace bay now. :)

usagicanada2 karma

Hey man! Are you discerning at all when it comes to who buys your catch, or do you sell to anyone who will pay you for it? I guess I'm asking will you tell a national chain to shove it if they want to pay less then market value? Or do they set the market value?

I don't understand economics...

Northeast_Wind6 karma

Sadly, I don't make those decisions. Depends what sort of boat your onif they have a deal with a sole proprietor, corporation, etc. if it were up to me it would stay local. But then again, big companies mean more money.

ricas772 karma

Have you noticed the fishing has gotten worst over the years? P.S. I love big crabs! :)

Northeast_Wind8 karma

you have to look at it as a cyclical thing. back in the 1980's it was arguably worse than ever, then it came back, dipped again and for crabs, at least, it's back up. for other species, sure, there's a pretty obvious decline. but crabs are weird, i guess.

PlanetExpressCrew2 karma

As in Asian Dutchman, there is no chance in hell Ill be elected to do an awesome job as yours....

...so do you still need a crewmember?

Northeast_Wind7 karma

Wish I was the one making that decision, I'd bring ya on! Culd use some diversity in the crabbing world. Bunch of crusty ole white guys, mostly.

ThisIsJay1 karma

dredged up more than my fair share of treasure (and trash)

Elaborate please! Best thing you ever dredged up? (I read about the eagle-emblazoned u-boat part). Worst thing?

Northeast_Wind4 karma

probably the blanket. weighed a ton and it was a spooky thing to come across at midnight on a night with no moon. other than that? oh, plenty of boots and shoes and auto parts that have no business being in the ocean.

IAREOWL1 karma

What do you typically eat when you're out fishing?

Northeast_Wind12 karma

sandwiches. eat land food on the sea, and seafood on the land, as they say.

dt11731 karma

What do you do in the off-season?

Northeast_Wind9 karma

sometimes fish/crab elsewhere. depending on how well the season went i may travel -- was lucky enough to go to norway a few summers back.

mangethegamer1 karma

Do you call people landlubbers?

Northeast_Wind11 karma

yep. And then I walk away, my wooden leg dragging slowly behind.

LazyTheSloth1 karma

How do you feel about sloths? I have the same name.

Northeast_Wind13 karma

more like, how DON'T i feel about sloths.

tellmetheworld1 karma

Have you ever fallen off the boat?

Northeast_Wind3 karma

once. fell off the wagon a few times too!

joel8821 karma

Have you ever met Ellen Page who is from New Scotland as well? How much money does one get paid crabbing?

Northeast_Wind5 karma

i have not met her, but once met Helen Hunt.

Last year I made $35,000 canadian, and that was a bad year,

Pineapple_Sap1 karma

Do you eat a lot of crab throughout the year? I envision your family eating crab at every meal.

Northeast_Wind11 karma

Remarkably, I haven't gotten sick of it yet. Neither has my wife or son! Prefer lobster though.... But the crab wins because it's freee!

txgi3551 karma

are all newfies retarded?

Northeast_Wind3 karma