Captain John Hall began fishing in 1948 at the tender age of four. His mother still has a photo of him with his first catch: a nine-pound white seabass. With that catch, he was hooked. However, it wasn’t until 1976 that he began fishing commercially.
Prior to riding the high seas full time, Captain John earned two master degrees and a Ph.D. in marine biology, and dreamt of becoming a professor. His teaching dream came true; however, after a few years at the University of California, San Diego, he learned that the politically-charged academic world was not a fit for him.
Captain John left UCSD for work in Alaska, fitting satellite radio harnesses on marine mammals and helping his next door neighbor, a gill netter, fish for salmon. In the years to come he would also consult on a myriad of other marine projects. He served as chief scientist for SeaWorld, a scientist for the Navy’s war porpoise program, and a researcher for a study on underwater sound in the Arctic.
His underwater sound research branched into additional assignments, which allowed him to acquire his first tuna boat in 1995. In 2000, he purchased his current home away from home, the F/V Zephyr. His days of salmon fishing behind him, today Captain John long-lines and trolls for bigeye tuna, swordfish, wahoo, opah, mahi-mahi, pomfret and escolar in the pelagic waters offshore California and Baja.
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