Lets hear some reports.
Lets hear some reports.
We did ok on Sunday 6 gallons. We usually do a lot better in that area but it was just great getting out and breaking the winter blues!
So-so--four gallons whole shrimp working four pots all day Saturday and overnight to Sunday morning. Must find better hole!
5 dozen shrimp (plus another dozen shells...arghh) so maybe 2 gallons whole? That was two small kayak pots (12"X12"24") on an overnight soak. A buddy fished Sat and Sun and reported back 7 gallons whole shrimp from a 26ft hewscraft.
I got a lot of quality work done on our boat in the harbor.
leaving in the morning for 4 days!!
'04 Hewescraft 24' Searunner
200hp Honda 4stroke
+ multiple other 'toys'...
It was a little slower then previous years, I think about 7 gallons whole shrimp 4 picks 2 days; it will get better.
07 C-Dory 25 Cruiser
We got almost 3 gallons of tails. Beautiful day ever on Saturday. We picked three times on Saturday and got most of the shrimp we came home with. Sunday morning provided very few on the overnight soak--plus one octo, which we put in a bucket because my buddy wanted to show to his kids before dispatching for hali bait. Unfortunately, we let our guard down and it disapeared. I am still hoping he founds his way over or out and isn't down in my bilge somewhere.
Had a great weekend despite the fact that we screwed up far more than we got right. This season is a very steep learning curve for me--and I certainly feel like the idiot folks always talk about seeing at the launch ramp. Other than the learning curve, all great and cannot wait to give it another run.
Since the World is 2/3 Water and Only 1/3 Land, Figures the Good Lord Intended I Fish More Than I Plow.
I guess we were the big loser for the weekend as we bombed on the shrimp. My wife wanted to go somewhere new and given the rarity of that I jumped all over it. Normally she's to worried about the gas prices so we stay close this time of year to stock up on shrimp. So I took advantage of her excitement and let her pick a new place. We were only out Saturday and Sunday in Eeglek Bay and only brought home around 80 tails over 3 pulls. We were only averaging just over half a dozen shrimp a pot. Nothing to brag about. They were huge though and I've never seen so much sea lice. Makes me wonder if the area got hammered last season so what is left has tons of food and is growing big. As others said though we had a great time as the weather was outstanding.
Not to hijack but I bought a couple of Donaldson pots this off season so we had a full 5 pot string. So far I'm not impressed. My last boat came with 3 pots, two rigids and one stackable. From my past experience I thought I'd noticed that the rigids fished better but from what I was reading on the forum I wasn't so sure. After this trip I'm worried we bought the wrong ones and should have gone with Steve's. My boat doesn't have alot of deck space so the stackables were appealing. But if they don't fish as well I'm gonna replace them. Anyone wanna buy 3 Donaldsons or have any advice on why they were consistently outfished by the 2 rigids? I'd bet the two rigids caught more than half the shrimp.
Last year my square rigid pots outfished my round Ladner type. This last weekend, the Ladners pretty much outfished the square pots...so...go figure. The Donadlsons are the round Ladner type--correct?
Also, I tried one set in Eaglek last summer in June and came up **** near empty. Didn't go back after those poor results, at least not for shrimp. Sure is pretty back there, though, although I'm guessing the waterfall was sort of a trickle this time of year. It REALLY gets cranking later in the season.
Took some friends out bear hunting in Eaglek and we did some shrimping but didn't catch squat really either. Best pull was maybe a gallon of tails I think on 5 pots...
If you have some pots (pot types) that are consistently outfishing the other pots, do you have all of the pots on one line? And if you do, then do you always put them in the same order? For example, square pots are the ones closest to the end of the line, then the round ones furthest away? It may be where the pots are on the line that's making a difference.
For me, and I fish only the Ladner pots, it's almost always the one or two pots closest to the end of the line that get the most shrimp. I'm thinking MAYBE that with wind and current, the buoy pulls enough on the line to lift one or a few of the traps off the floor, away from where you'd expect to find the most shrimp. I've always suspected this, but really do not know. Something to maybe consider, though.
I've seen a signifigant difference in catches set to set in the same general area just by the current moving the string into a different position from a previous set.
I've also pulled two weighted pots from a 600' set by hand, and only gotten 12 shrimp for my effort, I was even foolish enough to repeat the feat, in a different spot, with exactly the same results.
When I followed the steep, deep and 600 feet advice, my results were greatly improved.
Curious. It's sounding like an average opener? What's the pot limit this year? (No, I have not looked it up yet, I'm lazy today) ;-)
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