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Phil and Josh Harris’ Online Chat Transcript 07 May 22

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Chico2007: I know fishing is your life. Has there ever been a thought of doing anything else, like when you were younger maybe?

Phil Harris: One time about 25 years ago, I decided that I wasn't going to fish any more, so I got a job in construction for about a month and a half. It was a real job where you get paid every Friday like a big person. After that month, a friend called me up one morning and asked me if I wanted to go sport fishing on the Sound. I jumped on the boat, and at that point decided that it's too hard to have a normal job. The thought of having to be someplace every morning at 7am and doing the same thing over and over, I just didn't think I could do it. I don't think I could have a real job.

Joyce: Capt. Phil, how many years did you work as a deck hand before becoming a captain? How many years a captain?

Phil Harris: I started in 1976, and I was on deck for about 5 years. The opportunity came on my 25th birthday to run a boat for the first time. I was the youngest skipper to run a boat. So I ran it a little bit, and worked on deck the rest of the time. Over the next 4—5 years, I got more wheelhouse time and less deck time until I became strictly a captain and that's been 21 years now.

1mddcfan: Josh, what do u guys do in your spare time?

Josh Harris: I meet people. I just go out and have a good time. You fuckin' gotta live life to the fullest, so that's what I do.

Drinkr23: Who's the toughest of the 3 of you? LOL

Josh Harris: Describe "toughest"! I don't know — we've all got our parts. Jake is tough and you can't break his spirit. Dad will take a bite out of a shot glass to show you how tough he is. Then there's me — I'm sort of in the middle. I get a bit wild and crazy, and we keep the Harris thing going, that's for sure.

Flygoddess: How long can the crab stay in the holding tanks, before you have to offload?

Josh Harris: They can be in the holding tanks for up to 3 weeks, although we try not to make it more than 2 weeks. We have to deliver live crab. Dead crab does not equal money.

Julie8193: Do you guys ever blast music over the deck while you are working, to break up the monotony?

Josh Harris: Insanely loud! It's beyond insane. The music is so loud you can't even hear yourself think and your ears could start bleeding at any time. But it keeps us awake. We listen to everything from Paula Cole to anything but county and opera. I tell you, a 60 gig iPod can barely hold enough music for the season. It's madness, I tell you!

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