I just wanted to remind folks that there are commercial fishing nets in the western sound (from 6/1 till 9/15) and would like to offer some advice on how to avoid them. Remember if a boater comes in contact w/ a net, the boater is responsible by law to repair/replace any damage done to said net.
The 1st place, tho not likely, you would encounter nets is Pigot point (heading east out of Whittier) as you head toward Ester Island the com fish fleet gets more dense. The upper end of Culross pass also has alot of nets. this is known as the Ester or Coghill district, please be aware of nets and slow down in these areas. The next area is the Main Bay subdistrict otherwise known as the Eshamy district. This area is extremely congested w/ nets. One sure fire trick to avoid them is to navigate outside 1 mile off the mainland, because the gillnetters have to stay w/in a mile of shore. Please exercise caution when you navigate thru the gillnet fleet, running over a net can ruin your whole experience. You could lose your outboard, damage props, lower units, possibly need to be towed to town because you have line wrapped around your shaft. The least is it will be expensive to repair the damaged gillnet. remember the Coast Guards rules of the road and the pecking order--- a boat w/ com fishing gear in the water is restricted in its ability to maneuver and therefore has the right of way. Enjoy your summer, we are all mariners and can co-exist in harmony We are all watching out for each other.