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My Best, First Job: Commercial Fishing in Bayfield

February 29, 2024

The open, deep, blue water; the cawing seagulls that follow us as we haul in nets, the waves hitting the tug, the ice being chunked up to keep the catch fresh, the sunrise blasting us with the natural beauty of Lake Superior. This breathtaking journey is one for the books.

We get up dark and early with commercial fishermen, Eric Peterson, and ride in his tug boat on the waves of lake Superior in search of fish. Going to work before dawn is what Eric does every single day up in Bayfield, Wisconsin. He and his crew never take a day off from supplying the
region with primarily white fish. Another Eric P. – Eric Paulsen, learns from this generational fishmen himself in what machinery and tools are used in the fishing industry. Tribal fishmen, Eric, has a bright passion for fishing, which can be seen on the ever present grin on his face. It is hard work to bring in fish to market everyday, but Eric makes it look like the funnest job you could wish for. Once the boat docks the fish go to Bodin Fisheries.

Bill Bodin himself shares about the distribution process of these fish and a behind the scenes look at getting these fish onto your plate. There are even customers on the coasts that order from Bodin when they miss a taste of home. Bill has had a relationship reaching back to Eric Peterson’s father when he fished and now carries on that relationship with his son. Eric Paulsen checks out Pasty’s for a taste of the white fish that the other Eric caught and it is double Eric approved. Pasty’s specializes in grilled white fish and we can tell why, mmm!

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