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PNW shrimp opening May 2nd
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posted 04-20-2009 06:06 PM ET (US)
Anybody going out? I am not going. Since my gear is out at Roche and you can only shrimp on Saturday, I am waiting to go out until I can at least get a couple of days in. Too far to go for only one day. John
posted 04-21-2009 11:42 PM ET (US)
Yes, I'll be out there with the hundreds of other boats. We usually get a limit fairly quickly and have a good time. It's the kick-off to the boating season for us.
posted 04-22-2009 05:29 AM ET (US)
I hope to go but I have not talked to my shrimping buddy yet. I don't look forward to pulling pots by hand with just one person.
I have gone to Blake Island once this month. The place was packed with yacht clubs working on the park. I had to beach in the sand at the head of the marina.
posted 04-22-2009 12:49 PM ET (US)
It looks like the rule have changed a bit.
There use to be a minimum caprice size or something like that, and it looks like they will close the end of May and then go to a 10 pound rule, subject to change.
Crab season for the San Juans and Hood Canal does not start until July 15th this year. It looks like if you do not send in your "crab card" you will pay a penalty next year. I hope they just have one card this year. I forgot to turn in my blank winter card this year for area 7E. The WDF called me on it, or was it the DOL?
Anyhow, I plan on being around Speiden two weeks from today, yippee. John
posted 04-22-2009 02:36 PM ET (US)
I am so envious...
There is simply nothing finer than a mess of those PNW shrimp cooked immediately after pulling the pot. NOTHING!!!!!!!!
posted 04-25-2009 10:43 AM ET (US)
I will be out on a friend's boat on Hood Canal. It's been three years or so since I have shrimped. I am really looking forward to it.
I shrimped Hood Canal for over 10 years straight. I changed boats and have not had a chance to get the shrimp gear on my Outrage.
I used to mount the puller on a temporary plywood deck at the starboard bow of my Sakonnet. This worked really well for myself and my brother in law, who used the same set up on his Montauk.
My Outrage had a modification to the bow area when I bought it. The radiused area at the forwardmost section of the bow has been filled in with a flat deck. The aft end bulkhead of the deck is far enough forward to open the forward anchor locker.
I would really like to come up with a permanent mount for my puller, possibly using this forward deck to flush mount a circular stainless plate that could accept the puller's davit base. The idea would be to have a mount by which I could drop the puller into it's deck mount and go shrimping at the drop of a hat, while not having any ungainly, clunkly brackets exposed on the boat when not shrimping.
Another design/build project on the horizon.
Sorry for drigressing, have fun shrimping.
posted 05-04-2009 03:38 AM ET (US)
How heavy are your pots, with shrimp and such.
I always pull my crab pots by hand, but they are commercial grade. And they never move, or disappear. I've had the float hook into large branches, and the pot never moved.
I have never shrimped in the PNW as skipper, but now I have a new boat that will give me some serious range, so I'll give it a shot next year.
posted 05-05-2009 02:14 PM ET (US)
I've never been able to justify the expense of the gear for what is typically a one day season down here in Area 11. Area 13 stays open all month, but I've been told there isn't much down there to catch.
posted 05-05-2009 09:57 PM ET (US)
My pots are fabricated with 1/2" rebar as the frames. They weigh 25 pounds empty. I shrimped with a friend of mine this past weekend. His pots are large, circular in shape, framed of rebar and weigh almost 50 pounds each, if my memory serves.
posted 05-06-2009 02:53 PM ET (US)
I will be out in the Speiden area 5/7 thru 5/10 trying my luck and maiden 2009 season voyage, YIPPEE.
I hope Twin Bridges has room for me this year, might be prudent for me to check that out, and get a license.
Look out, I will take pictures.
posted 05-18-2009 01:08 PM ET (US)
Well, that did not last long. My area closed on Friday, an eight day season. I just do not get it.
There were not many boats out by Speiden compared to previous years. Either I am getting better at shrimping or there are more shrimp because we did well.
My "prospecting pot", light weight and easy to pull. It has always shrimped well. Soak time was an hour.
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