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17 Aug 2009

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Ahi Catcher / Palmyra Atoll


In addition to his numerous duties as Chief of Marine Operations,
Brad (VHF handle 'Rubber Ducky') is also responsible
for 'supplementing' Palmyra's groceries
with blue-water pelagics (tuna, ono and mahi mahi)
... three per week or 100 lbs.

Offshore trolling is done with 'hand lines' only
as conventional reels take too long to land a fish
due to the abundance of predators (sharks)
that will fillet an ahi before it reaches the boat.

Brad constantly impresses me with his skills at
piloting boats, knowledge of marine maintenance,
acute awareness to ever changing weather,
and especially his genuine
'life is good' Smile.



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