Did you know that ‘After the Catch’ is not the only gathering of skippers that
we can entertain ourselves watching? …Just a couple of weeks ago, there was another gathering of captains in Astoria, Oregon, who came together to pay tribute to their good friend and peer–Phil Harris. At the table that day were Rick Quashnick of the F/V Maverick, Derrick Ray–who became the relief skipper for the F/V Cornelia Marie shortly after the passing of Capt. Phil, David Lethin–who I believe is the current owner of the F/V Aleutian Ballad, Jim Wilson, and Harry Lewis…
Each man has at least 35 years at sea and many fond memories to share.
“He was a true highliner on land and sea,” shared Captain Harry Lewis. “In our world, Highliner means that he is the top of the heap.”
“Phil used to say, ‘I don’t wanna be no where else’ when talking about the sea,” said Captain Wilson.
“He was the real deal – what you saw is what you got and that’s why we and his fans loved him,” said Captain Lethin, who is a board member of the Commercial Fishermen’s Festival.
The gathering of skippers was professionally filmed and will be on sale to fans all over, and proceeds will be used for the cost of the Astoria Commercial Fishermen’s Festival. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to order a copy. The Festival will showcase American fisheries and the process of selecting, preparing and cooking seafood. The Commercial Fishermen’s Festival is also re-naming its signature event to the Captain Phil Harris Highliner Competition and if you’d like to see what that is about, check out last year’s battle between the F/V Wizard crew verses the AxeMen from JM Browning Logging Company!