My wife and I began shrimping for the first time last season. After much time perusing thru the many posts here on the forum and being educated about shrimping, we embarked upon setting and retreiving our first shrimp pots. Thanks to Steve the pot builder, we had the right equipment and some much appreciated advice both in person and thru his forum postings. We utilized his suggestions of the different colored zip ties and never had any thefts of our shrimp. However, while returning from fishing one afternoon to check our pots, we found someone with our float in their boat pulling on the pot line. As they saw us making a straight approach they quickly dropped the float and about the same time a coast guard boat showed up and boarded their boat as well as ours for an inspection. I did not mention anything to the CG, and while it might not have been the wisest decision ever made, we did not have any trouble the rest of our week, and we did see those folks out on the water afterwards pulling pots.
Wanted to ask the good folks here, what is the proper answer to a face to face with someone stealing shrimp from your pots? What do you do without resorting to putting multiple half inch holes in their hull?