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GRANT NIVER, f/v surrender

BRISTOL BAY FISHERMAN FOR 18 YEARS


How do you describe Bristol Bay to those who’ve never been?

It’s the most beautiful place on earth, period.

What is your favorite way to prepare Bristol Bay sockeye salmon?

Though there really is no wrong way to cook sockeye, on the grill is my favorite way. On the grill after marinating the salmon in teriyaki sauce. Doesn’t get any better than that!!

What (or who) got you interested in fishing?

2017 was my dad’s 39th year fishing in Bristol Bay. He is beyond passionate about Bristol Bay sockeye salmon and has been for as long as I can remember. I remember him going to the deli counter at the Lunds & Byerly’s in Burnsville and talking to them about Bristol Bay sockeye when I was very very young (my grandparents lived 3 blocks away). He was absolutely the catalyst to get me hooked on Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon!

Tell us about your crew. Who do you typically fish with?

We are very fortunate on the F/V Surrender to fish with all family. My dad, Mark, runs the boat and his crew is myself and my two younger brothers Blake (25) and Bryce (22).

Fishing in Bristol Bay is tough work. What brings you back each fishing season?  

The adventure brings me back, for sure. I love living in Minneapolis and the big city life that comes with it, but there is something about being on the boat in the middle of the bay with no connection to the outside world that I just LOVE. The adventure is addicting and not to mention, who doesn’t want to eat the FRESHEST salmon in the world every single day for a month? It's absolute heaven. 

When you close your eyes and imagine yourself on the boat, describe what you see? How do you feel?

Waves, I see a lot of waves. I also see a lot of fish, because with terrible weather comes lots of fish. I have a love/hate relationship with the weather in Bristol Bay.

How do you describe a day in your life when the fish are running in Bristol Bay? 

Every day out there is dependent on a lot of things; what is the weather like? When are we allowed to fish? What is the tide doing right now?

What characteristics of Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon set it apart?

The bright red hue of sockeye salmon jumps out of any display case. 

What has fishing in Bristol Bay taught you?

It has taught me about the value of hard work, plain and simple!  

Do you have any unique fishing traditions that you do during the season?

We have 2 traditions on the F/V Surrender. The first is that once our boat hits the 100k pound mark, we celebrate with a bucket of ice cream for the crew. The second is that on the Surrender, we have a bucket of red vines that we snack on throughout the season. When the bucket is empty, that means the season is over.