Just wanted to warn those of you fishing for crab in the Kachemak Bay tanner crab fishery to watch your gear.
Last week my boat broke down and when I got to my pots three days later one was missing. My buddy also lost a pot that was 1/10 of a mile or so from mine. we could see all four of our pots from the others. We also had them marked on our gps.
Both pots were properly rigged. mine had 900' of line on it and my buddy had 600' on his. both pots were in less than 500' of water. Both had orange buoys and foam bullet buoy trailers.
The bay was too rough for my buddy to pull his pots from his small boat and since mine was out of commission we had to wait until it calmed down to go retrieve our gear.
Someone also helped themselves to some of our crab as well.
A coworker of mine also had crab stolen from his pots during the same time frame.
we did each retrieve one of our pots.
The crab fishing has been good though.
The first days pick yielded 25 legal males 40 sublegals and about 80 females.This was only 5-6 hour soak.
next pick yielded 20+ legal males 30+ sublegals and 30+ females.
This was in two gear shed pots.
Soo if you see an oblong style orange buoy marked ROUST-A-BOUT let me know it had a white bullet buoy as a trailer that is also marked.
I also have small brass trap tags with my name and phone number wrapped around several bars of the pot frame.
I did notify the State Troopers, But am not holding my breath!
Good Luck Crabbing and fishing CHRIS.