How do you measure your success of shrimping out of Whittier? Do you count your shrimp, Ie. "I got 384 shrimp for the weekend", or do you weigh your shrimp? I am constantly amazed at seeing the shrimp catch report done by count. What does this actually mean anyhow when someone says I caught 145 shrimp on my first pull and 285 shrimp on my second pull? Was the first pull of 145 shrimp based on a 21-30 count? Was the second pull an avg of 31-40 count?
I would like to get an idea of what an average good two day trip is for people but don't believe it's possible to do so based on a "number" of shrimp caught. I was unable to go fishing this past weekend; however my dad did get to go this weekend and had a pretty successful weekend. It was a longer weekend than normal w/ an extra couple days in it but still he did fairly well for only being out of Whittier for the third time in his life. He ended up with three halibut, two were small, around 15-20lbs, the other was a decent fish at around 90lbs. Caught a couple of yellow-eye, but did a little better on the shrimping this time. Headed shrimp or tails as they're called, came in at 67 pounds on the scale. We don't leave our pots out so the trip starts off with the pots on board so for that we feel we're doing pretty well.
Oh, he said that he tried counting shrimp and found it sort of like looking at a chart and trying to figure out how many feet deep your fishing instead of how many fathoms.
If anyone else would like to post their catch reports of shrimp, could you do it in pounds of tails as it gives a definitive visual on what the actual catch size really is? Of course I don't mind seeing that someone is able to count to 500 or 600 either, knowing how to count is a good thing too.
I hope that this didn't come off sounding condescending, just would like to get an idea of what the real catch results are and can't do it w/ a number. Like I said, I'd much rather have caught twenty U-15's than thirty 31-40's.