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Allan Mathisen

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Photographer

Commercial Fisherman

World Traveler

What does Alaska mean to you?

To me Alaska is a place of untouched, rugged beauty. There are still mountain tops that haven't been named, let alone climbed. Lakes that have never been swum in and spots on beaches that haven't known a footprint.

I don't think people who haven't been here understand how remote and on our own we all are out here. Especially when you cast off your lines and leave the warm glow of town lights behind you. Second to actual astronauts we are about as close as you come on earth to living on a spaceship.

The F/V Marathon

I've spent the last 21 years working on the F/V Marathon. My father owns it and the name comes from when fisheries used to stretch more into each other. They would be switching from one right to the next all throughout the year. Access to fisheries was different back then and the barriers to entry were a lot lower.

This year will be her 41st birthday.

I also just bought a 26' aluminum work skiff to target crab and longline off of, but haven't come up with a good name for it yet. I think until she's christened with something else, we'll be calling her the Half Marathon.

If you could only fish in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?

I can only speak to Southeast but the shores of Kingsmill are probably top of the list. I don't think I'll ever get tired of looking at those mountains or of the snow-capped peaks across from them.

What does Alaska mean to you?

To me Alaska is a place of untouched, rugged beauty. There are still mountain tops that haven't been named, let alone climbed. Lakes that have never been swum in and spots on beaches that haven't known a footprint.

I don't think people who haven't been here understand how remote and on our own we all are out here. Especially when you cast off your lines and leave the warm glow of town lights behind you. Second to actual astronauts we are about as close as you come on earth to living on a spaceship.

F/V Marathon

I've spent the last 21 years working on the F/V Marathon. My father owns it and the name comes from when fisheries used to stretch more into each other. They would be switching from one right to the next all throughout the year. Access to fisheries was different back then and the barriers to entry were a lot lower.

This year will be her 41st birthday.

I also just bought a 26' aluminum work skiff to target crab and longline off of, but haven't come up with a good name for it yet. I think until she's christened with something else, we'll be calling her the Half Marathon.

If you could only fish in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?

I can only speak to Southeast but the shores of Kingsmill are probably top of the list. I don't think I'll ever get tired of looking at those mountains or of the snow-capped peaks across from them.

I do believe that if you take care of your boat, she'll take care of you

...and that you can judge the quality of an operation by the state of their engine room. In flying and seamanship there isn't a lot of room for amateurs and people who take half measures are just borrowing against their future.

I do believe that if you take care of your boat, she'll take care of you

...and that you can judge the quality of an operation by the state of their engine room. In flying and seamanship there isn't a lot of room for amateurs and people who take half measures are just borrowing against their future.


Allan's Picks

A very elaborate dance

There are few feelings better than wrapping around a giant school of salmon. There is building excitement as fish are flowing into the net and jumping against the cork line. Then as you bring the ends together, and the lines come tight, you get a better idea of just how many fish are there, as they make big waves in the net.

Getting them all aboard is a very elaborate dance.

A thousand things have to go exactly right, and the consequences of any single slip of focus/timing costing you part or all of the set.

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