Ok, well... I bit the bullet. I've owned my boat for 5 years now, and it's always been in Homer. I have family there, free parking year round, a house to invade, a yard for my dogs to run in, a deck to grill on and have cigar, and I've been fishing the waters there for 20+ years. But... in this day and age with prices of fuel, payments, insurance and whatnot I figured I gotta start making the boat work a little harder for it's keep.
I blew a disk in my back at work last year and lost all last summer... so this year I bough an Electradyne puller from PotBuilder (Thanks Steve!! AWESOME Puller!!). I also picked up a couple of his pots, brought the boat (Swissy Baroo) back to Anchorage, and installed the puller.
Thursday my brother managed to get the day off,and since he crews the Coastie Auxiliary boat in Whittier, he knows the area and agreed to show me around. The water was not so great, and we got a late start, so we only launched and ran across the canal to the waterfalls. It was only an exploratory trip to learn how to bait pots, drop them, and pull them back up. So once we finally dropped them, we ran around the area looking for some rockfish to jig. Finding just a couple, it looked like the water was not getting any better so after just 1.5 hours we went back and found my buoys (did I have too much line? would we find them on shore? Was my line too short? where the pots adrift in Passage Canal? LOL) We found them, right where we dropped them, and proceeded to learn how to use the puller. Steve, you are the MAN! I love this thing... makes the worry about blowing my back out again a thing of the past. Anyways, even after just 1.5 hours, and at the waterfalls right where there were loads of other buoys we still managed to grab about 3/4 - 1 gallon of shrimp. Seeing that first pot pop up with some color in it was awesome! I cannot WAIT to have a pot show up full.
Those things are soooooo tasty on the grill. A little butter, garlic and wow! I have never had fresh from the ocean never frozen shrimp, and OH.My.GOD they were good. I tried some in the sealer with the styrofoam trays and it worked flawlessly. Can't wait to pull some out when it's -20 out!
Anyways, just wanted to share my excitement. And plug Steve a little... his service, his pots and his puller are top notch. I even got a skookum camera mount for the boat to video pulling pots ala 'Deadliest Catch'. Can't wait to post one of an overflowing shrimp pot! With any luck I'll be able to make a number of trips and find some better shrimping holes between now and the first week of June when I take the Baroo back down to Homer for King trolling.