Been shrimping a decade, never had any issues till now. Heard all the stories, discounting some and feeling very fortunate reading others. Now i got one of my own.
Fishing the usual hole, check pots Sat evening and immediatly notice something amiss. Bouy is tight! Get to the first pot and find 3 shrimp and the lines a mess! Being naturally skeptical i begin to piece it together as the remaining three are on their way up, get about 30 more feet and another wad of line?
Remaining 3 pots come in with out a hitch and are all full. O.K now it dawns on me, some dirt bag with a piss ant hauler cant lift the entire string so he just pilfers what he can get to the top.
We spent the next couple days hovering over them with no more issues. Ive heard others remarks about staying in the immediate area to watch their pots which works fine but it still plsses me off to see where its going these days.
Finished up with 7 gallons of tails for 3 days, plenty for two familys.
Some advice for the dirtbag. Dont let me catch you.