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    Planning a trip to the sound next week end and was just curious what the commercial fishing activities are like in Port Wells. If they are fishing do they generally stay up towards Coghill, Granite Bay area, which side of the bay, etc.? During this time are they staying in Main Bay mostly? I am wanting to try the shrimping up there and do a bit of sight seeing, but if the commercial guys are there fishing I might look to another area to go have fun and let them work. And yes I have and will check the commercial opening notices.

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    Monday and Tuesday they had the entire port wells area corked off. But it's possible to weave through if you take your time. I'd never set pots around those guys though. Checking the openers is a great idea.
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    You should be safe if you shrimp on the west side of Port Wells. Coghill, Granite & Main Bays are all danger zones. If you get in around the gillnetters go slow and look for the corklines on the surface but remember that the net can be floating in any direction away from the boat and that the gillnetter's frequently will "run" their nets to scare any jumpers into the net. Best bet is to steer offshore away from the mess of nets and boats.

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    Hey Steve, isn't thier boundary usually a mile offshore? Last week when we headed down past Main and Eshamy, I was trying to figure that out. Man that was a lot of boats..... Looks like they were doing pretty well too. Lots of suncken corks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robbentler View Post
    Hey Steve, isn't thier boundary usually a mile offshore? Last week when we headed down past Main and Eshamy, I was trying to figure that out. Man that was a lot of boats..... Looks like they were doing pretty well too. Lots of suncken corks.
    Yup off of MB and E they do have to stay inside of 1 mile.

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    Thanks. Good info to know when ya see the fleet of guys out there.
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    hey thanks for the info, it helped me out alot, looks like i should be able to continue with my original plans

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