FISHING WITH HYENAS is a love story between girlie girl Theresa and commercial fisherman Captain Bart, who convinces her to crew on a ninety-two-foot tuna boat plying the North Pacific Ocean. Trading cashmere and high heels for raingear and rubber boots, she becomes a deckhand, confined for three months at a time, thousands of miles from anywhere. Bart’s tight group of fishermen—the Hyenas—become her extended family, but no one explains what appalling weather and hauling thousands of pounds of tuna would do to her hands.
Or to her heart. Or to her mind.
After nine months on the water, Theresa returns to life on land. But when Bart finds another tuna boat, he heads back out to Mother Ocean. “See you soon,” are the last words he says to her. Three days later, Bart dies of a massive heart attack.
Grief, financial devastation, and a lawsuit follow, but it is the family of Hyenas who help her pull through. FISHING WITH HYENAS is the true story of how it all started and the tale of what happened next.
"Theresa Mathews writes with courage, authority, and humor—She knows what she’s talking about in the world of commercial albacore fishing. Her reverence for those who ply their trade on the ocean shines through, as does her love for her late Captain and partner, Bart. "
A page turner—I couldn’t put it down! As a voracious reader, I need to connect with the protagonist and I easily related to the double-sided nature of this remarkable woman. Her feminine side, and her determination to keep working hard no matter how far outside her element she went. Theresa Mathews provided a richness to her memoir that made her fishing adventures come alive! She took me on a journey where I felt the experiences she lived through. She beautifully weaved the themes of her story in and out of each other to provide a perfect balance in an imperfect world. She made it real and that’s something everyone can relate to.
Theresa Mathews’ memoir takes you through an incredible journey, firmly placing you in the middle of all the action. It kept me wanting to keep reading and I learned SO much! I can’t watch an episode of The Deadliest Catch anymore (or open a can of tuna) without returning to Fishing With Hyenas. I laughed and cringed, I sighed and cried! I really loved this book and recommend it to everyone… male or female, young or old… it will keep you turning the pages.
Thought provoking, gripping, rich with emotion… just a few of the feelings that grabbed me and kept me tethered to this amazing memoir. A must read for all! My only complaint was that it came to an end, but it left me wanting to see more “girlie-girl tuffie tales” from Theresa Mathews.