By Rebecca Gardon
A native Oregonian, Captain Clint Funderburg began his fishing career nearly 30 years ago at the young age of 12 by taking a job as a deckhand. By 17 he was running boats for other captains. By 18 he had become the proud owner of his own.
Now, splitting his time between Oregon and San Diego and the owner of his fourth boat, the F/V Kraken, Captain Clint fishes bigeye tuna (Ahi), albacore, opah, swordfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo and monchong in the Eastern Pacific beween California and Hawaii. He shares responsibilities with Captain Joe Crisci with whom he alternates runs. He counts his nephew among his crew of six men, as well as his wife who manages shoreside logistics.
Ask Captain Clint what he likes best about fishing and he’ll reply with a common theme: the freedom!