We put 2 sets down just north of Jackpot island (south end of Dangerous passage) Friday night. Next morning, one set (closest to the island) was missing. We had 3 of Steve’s brand new pots on it weighted down w/ 20 lbs of extra weight on 900 ft of line in 650 ft of water. The other set about 1/3 mile away at about 680 ft was fine. Spent a couple of hours cruising around looking for our buoy with no luck. Saw lots of other shrimpers in the area. I was wondering if someone else had a similar mishap this past weekend out on the Sound?
Other than that, it was a great trip. Couldn’t have asked for a better weather. Only got 3 gallons of shrimp with the remaining set, but managed 13 small halibut, a limit of yellow eye, some pacific cod, rock fish, one skate and one black bear. The wildlife was out on full display with humpbacks rolling, porpoises putting on a show around the boat, otters and sea lions. But this time we were treated to an adult orca bull who made several vertical jumps straight out of the water not far from the boat. This might have contributed to us not being able to catch anything while trolling for kings/chum in the area.
If it wasn’t for the lost pots, it would’ve been almost a perfect season opener for us.