The evening of July 5 I set two buoys in about 400ft of water on the right hand side of Culross Passage. By 10 the next morning they were gone. I search both sides with binoculars from the narrows to Applegate Island and beyond. Visibility was good. I could spot seagulls from about a mile away. Two pots were on a large round white buoy. Three pots were on an orange cylinder that also had a red/white plastic float attached. There was a lot of extra line attached to each to ensure they would not float away in deeper water. They were holding bottom and about 100-200 yards apart when I left them. This is on the side that exits toward Main Bay, Eshamy Bay, etc.
The pots were metal rectangular pots that were collapsible and purchased from Pot Puller (Steve from this site). Name address boat name were written in Sharpy on the bouys. Each pot was weighted with about 10 lbs of rebar painted black in the bottom.
The reason I think they were stolen is because both buoys were missing. I could see one buoy getting cut by a prop, but both seems highly doubtful.
I don't expect to get them back, but I still feel better about getting the word out. Maybe I should have tucked them somewhere with less traffic. Marked them more boldly? Or even anchored up nearby while they soaked? Perhaps there is nothing that we can do about thieves ... Argh!!!
If anyone has any tips on not losing pots in the future I'm open to suggestions. I'll be looking to get some new gear when I get back to Anchorage in a coupe of weeks.