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  • SubGenre:Personal Memoirs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:144
  • eBook ISBN:9781667881584
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667881577

The Tuna Boys

by Ted Mattson

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An adventure story about life at sea in the southern Pacific Ocean and west of Samoa. As the helicopter pilot flying off a tuna boat with the boat captain beside me, I witnessed first hand how tuna are harvested for the world market.
An adventure story about life at sea in the southern Pacific Ocean and west of Samoa. It revolves around supplying tuna for the world but more specifically to StarKist. Living in a closed society with many different personalities. This applies to sea going vessels anywhere in the world. Boat captains make all the decisions because it works best that way. Every boat that has ever gone to sea operates under that system. No matter, the crew is always at the mercy of the captain. As for myself, who served as captain of his own fishing boat for many years while never losing sight of land, going out to sea was an eye opener that lasted a little over three months. A million dollars of experience has enriched my life immeasurably.
About the author
Ted Mattson was born and raised in Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Agronomy. He specialized in turf grass management and worked for a golf course that hosted several nationally televised golfing events. But his heart was always in Alaska, and he eventually quit the golf business and learned to fly a helicopter in Oregon which he eventually flew up to Prudhoe Bay. There he finally arrived in his coveted North. Mattson later drifted into commercial salmon fishing in the Bering Sea and for the next thirty-nine year spent summers as the captain of his own fishing boat. He is now retired and lives on a small farm in northeast Wisconsin with his wife Cindy.

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Great read Ted takes readers on an adventure weaving in moments of uncertainty and challenges into a fun read that raises awareness around commercial fishing incentives. Great story with insight into how industry giant policy impacts fishery practice. Read more
A Page Turner! I found Ted Mattson's new book, "The Tuna Boys" to be a page turner! A first-hand account of flying a helicopter off of a fishing boat at sea along with the day-to-day details of chasing fish all over the ocean with a crew from diverse backgrounds and cultures. I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to see how each day would turn out and then had to know what would happen the next day! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it highly! Rick Read more
The Tuna Boys Another great read from Ted Mattson. I have read all 3 of his books and have truly enjoyed reading about his interesting and challenging life. This book gives the reader another look at the ups and downs of the commercial fishing industry. Read more
Inspirational This book has many aspects. Primarily it follows the adventure of the author as a helicopter pilot for a major tuna fishing operation. However, within it's pages the reader is given a glimpse into the mind of the author and his soul searching as he is faced with the many challenges of being confined to a ship with a variety of differing personalities. Written in the form of the author's journal the reader is swept up in the excitement and joy of flying, the dirtiness of the commercial fishing industry, and the realization of the differences in the values of other cultures. It is a reminder to the reader of what it means to truly "follow your bliss". This is an excellent adventure that has me eager to read the author's other books. Read more
The Tuna Boys An exceptional adventure story! Mattson's true story of his life at sea is an inspiration to all of us who share his daredevil spirit and like him, dream of taking on life's adventures with an untapped courage and resourcefulness. Mattson's writing style draws the reader into the very adventure he describes. As you turn the pages, you'll experience the adrenaline of sitting in the helicopter's pilot seat; smell the salty ocean air as you feel the warm southern Pacific breeze on your face; revel in the wonder of a star-filled night sky more beautiful than any you've ever imagined. The Tuna Boys has everything - whimsy, conflict, camaraderie and spine-tingling adventure. A page turner you won't want to put down and when done, you'll feel like a legitimate member of the tuna boat crew. Read more