First time posting, long time reader. Heard about trouble with other people and shrimp pots more than a few times and it finally happened to me.
Went to pull and reset the pots Friday morning and buoy wasn't there. We were setting pots across the bay from Three Finger Cove at approx 60°39.639'N,148°24.212'W. There had been other pots in the area the night before, but there was not a pot within a mile when we went back to pull them. Set at 525 ft with 600 ft of line. Initially thought the may have drifted off the shelf. Searched towards the back of the bay and then back towards suprise cove. After good search grid, finally spotted my buoy about 4 miles away from the shrimping spot more towards Surprise Cove (approx. 60°43.385'N,148°20.8'W). Excited to find the buoy, only be disappointed to see it had been cut free. At least it wasn't a total loss.
Didn't set any closer than what you'd normally see in the vicinity of Shotgun Cove or other clusters of pots that I've seen throughout PWS. Only thoughts was that it may have gotten tangled in someone else's setup and they got pissed and cut it. If so, my fault for throwing in the area with other pots, but still don't see cutting someones pots free - at least not something I would do if I got tangled in someone else's gear. Guess the constant rain drove someone into a minor fit!
Anyhow, just wanted to see if anyone has had any luck trying to recover pots with a grappling hook or something similar?? Realize probability is slim, but spent too much $$ on the boat already this year and cannot really afford a new shrimp setup.
Regardless, hard to beat a few days out on the sound despite not so good fishing, losing pots, and plenty of rain!