San Diego, CAUnited States
Captain John Hett started fishing not because his father or grandfather fished, as is common in the industry, but rather solely because he loved the water and decided to learn the business by working for other fishermen with big boats. He started fishing in 1978, first for swordfish from a small yacht out of Newport Beach. He continues to specialize in swordfish but also fishes for albacore and thresher shark and opah. As one of San Diego's top producers, he brings in between 200 and 500 fish per year. He has been a boat owner for 25 years, having owned the Temptation for the last 12 years.
When Captain John fishes Southern California, he works the Cortes Bank, a shallow seamount, about 110 miles offshore. When he fishes Northern California, he works the waters off Santa Barbara and Point Conception. He has a three man crew that includes his son Greg, who has worked on and off for his dad for the last eight years. John is a hardcore fisherman. His most recent trip he was out to see for 8 days when they had to sit on a sea anchor for a two-day storm. Most fishermen would head in but not John. When storms get really bad, he installs his "bulletproof windows" -- aka wooden boards -- and waits it out. His last trip paid off because the day after the storm lifted he caught 55 fish. His favorite thing about fishing is the hunt; the challenge of finding fish. Or as John himself puts it, "the thrill of the kill."