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Chriscz posted 04-29-2012 10:58 AM ET (US)   Profile for Chriscz   Send Email to Chriscz  
So is anyone headed out for the first day of shrimp this season (May 5) Friday? If so, I would love to hear any tips you might have and what set ups you have on your whalers such as pot pulleys etc.

boatdryver posted 04-29-2012 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
we bought a pulley with a sort of jam roller from the marine supplier that sold us the trap. we hung it under a spare spherical fender about 18 inches in diameter.

to raise the trap go forward at about 6 knots, watching the fender. when it suddenly starts to partially submerge deeper, the trap will be hanging just below the fender, held in place by the jam feature of the pulley gadget.

Beats hauling up 300 ft by hand!!

we used a 5 gallon bucket to contain the long line so it wouldn't tangle on the way down.


Chriscz posted 04-29-2012 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chriscz  Send Email to Chriscz     
Boatdryver, do you know the brand of the puller? The design sounds interesting. Some of the other haulers are fairly pricey ($600)., and I am not relishing long manual pulls.
Also, any suggestions on locations?:)
boatdryver posted 04-29-2012 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Sorry, that pulley thing is long gone. It was one of those things that was about $40 and should have been $15 but it served a great purpose.

you might start by describing it to the chandleries where they sell crab and shrimp traps. there must be something equivalent to that still available.

re locations, we had to ask the locals. it was always 250-300 ft deep so we had 400 ft of line, yellow thin polypro, about 1/4 inch I think. we used the same bait as crabs, fish carcasses or pellets. they eat what cabs eat-dead stuff that makes it to the bottom. A local called prawns "maggots of the sea".


JMARTIN posted 04-30-2012 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
What you are describing is also called an anchor retrieval system. My first year shrimping it was all I used. They are tricky. You can risk dragging the pot if it does not want to go up right away and you end up 400 feet away from the pot when it reaches the surface.

I have one on board fora a back up in case my Ace Line Hauler quits. It is mounted on a Scotty swivel base.


boatdryver posted 04-30-2012 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
perfect setup for you, John. nice photo of all the gear on board. Lucky you to live there. Aren't those shrimp cooked immediately after catching them the best thing you have ever tasted?

For our 13 ft RIB tender, the anchor retrieval type setup was the best option and served us well.

We're going back to the Broughtons on an AYC charter this summer but there won't be any shrimp gear on board.


lizard posted 04-30-2012 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
I had a link saved for a product called the Red Riser. When I looked for the link, it was gone. When I googled Red Riser, I could not find the product. It was a nice, gunwhale mounted, manual retrieval system, for use in a variety of rod holder applications. I don't know if they have gone out of business, but they had great reviews a couple of years ago. You might try to find one used.
Chriscz posted 05-01-2012 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chriscz  Send Email to Chriscz     
Thanks folks....great information. I'll let you know how it goes this weekend. Hope to see others out there. Shrimp and halibut both open!!!
DeeVee posted 05-02-2012 02:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
I won't be shrimping Saturday because we will be on our return travel day from vacationing on Maui. I will try to be out the following Saturday.

My shrimp puller partner Dennis and his son Casey will be out on Hood Canal for the opener for sure.

Doug Vazquez

gusgus posted 05-02-2012 04:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
The Red Riser is unfreeking believable. Why does it costs so damned much?


JMARTIN posted 05-02-2012 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Throw in another 100 bucks and buy a used electric or gas pot puller. A shrimp pot and weigh 60 pounds and you have 400 feet of weighted line or should have anyhow.

I will not be out for opener, only one day and a vicious tide with a stupid opening time. The plan is to go out 5/17 to 5/19 and stay at Roche and fish the Speiden Island area.


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