Gills Rock in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Howard and Emery Weborg had been fishermen all their lives. Howard began fishing with his father Alfred in 1917. Soon Emery joined them fishing on their father's boat, the Golden Girl. At age 64, Alfred suffered an angina attack and died while out fishing. Upon Alfred Weborg's passing, their uncle Willie took over the boat that was owned in part by the Weborg brother’s mother Minda. Five years later in 1944, Willie decided to sell his share of the business and the Golden Girl to Howard and Emery. They fished with that old boat for one more year, then decided a new one was needed.
Selling the Golden Girl in 1945, they ordered a new boat, built to their specifications at the Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. The new boat had a steel hull and house, with an aft pilothouse. She has a 42-foot long steel hull and was powered by a 30-36 horsepower Kahlenberg oil engine. It cost them $12,000.00, and they named her Skipper after their father, who carried the nickname for many years. Finished fall of 1945, the Skipper was the first all-steel boat to fish out of Gills Rock.
Out on the lake, Howard and Emery normally would lift eight boxes of nets, remove the fish, and set the nets back. They strung their own nets, either at Gills Rock or at their shed in Sand Bay. The two of them could string a new net of 1,200 feet in a day. Helping on shore, their wives Ruby and Grace worked several days a week in the wharf’s net sheds.
Throughout their partnership, Howard took the lead with Emery acting as his second. They fished together for nearly 50 years, 40 of them from just one boat, the Skipper.
Gill Net Fishing
The gill net is the most versatile of all net types. It can be set on any bottom, at any depth, and will catch almost any fish. It is fished throughout the year, even under the ice in winter. It can also be made selective by varying the size of the mesh.
The net is simple in design. Between two heavy cords, monofilament twine is attached. Lead weights are attached to one cord, and floats to the other. At
The principle on which the net works is also simple. The corks and leads make it stand like a fence on the bottom. Fish don't see it. Small ones pass through, those too large can't enter the mesh, other fish enter up to their gills and the monofilament line prevents their escape.
Howard and Emery Weborg donated the Skipper to the Door County Maritime Museum in 2002.
Location. 45° 17.443′ N, 87° 1.263′ W. Marker is in Gills Rock, Wisconsin, in Door County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 42 and West Wisconsin Bay Road, on the left when traveling east on State Highway 42. Marker is located near the northwest corner of the intersection, beside the subject boat. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12724 West Wisconsin Bay Road, Ellison Bay WI 54210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rudder from the "City of Glasgow" (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pilot Island Site (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Hotz Estate (approx. 4.1 miles away); Ellison Bay (approx. 4.4 miles away); Niagara Escarpment Nature of Sister Bay (approx. 8.6 miles away); Village of Sister Bay (approx. 8.6 miles away); Anderson Dock (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gills Rock.
More about this marker. Marker is a long, rectangular, composite plaque, mounted horizontally, at waist-level, on metal posts.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.