We started out on the 19th with the 0730 tunnel. Met Swissy Baroo at the launch. Saw Sue to get out annual launch pass and parking for a couple days. The big lot is still coveredd with snow, but they have about a 1/4 of it plowed.
Once in the water the boat started and ran great. It's been a long winter. With everything situated, we left the harbor in glass flat seas and sunny skies as far as we could see.
Half way thru Passage, we watched a pod of porpoise play around the boat. What a great way to start the summer. Then as we reached Point Pigot, low an behold, 2 blacktail deer standing on the beach. I've always heard of people seeing them that close, but never really believed it. Now I do....
Headed north to Pakenham point to camp and shrimp overnight. Holy crap the commercial guys are there. So, we pulled up to one and asked about the opener. They said it closes at 8 PM, so we decided sice we were already there, we might as well stay. Dropped pots and set up camp. What a beautiful place to camp. It has a really nice beach and plenty to explore there. Lot's more deer tracks too. Pulled pots about every 4 to 5 hours all day and night. We picked up a decent amount of shrimp, but nothing like what we thought we would get. I guess that what we get for staying after seeing the commercial guys there. We fished all over the reefs there with no luck. Hit all along Ester Island and no luck either. Not even a bite.
We woke up to cloudy skies and a drizzle of rain. Packed up camp, pulled a great set of pots and headed back to Whittier. Once back in Passage, we decided we had a little extra time and weren't ready to go home, so we dropped the pots ina spot I've always wanted to try. We gave them a 2 hour soak. Pulled up about 75 shrimp. Not too bad for 2 hours I guess. We ended up with about 8 gallons of shrimp total. Loaded up the boat and washed her down on the ramp and hit the 4 pm tunnel.
Overall a great trip out. Beautiful way to start the summer. Nice meeting Swissy at the ramp. Hope to hear a report from him in a couple days when he gets back. The only thing missing was my AOD FLAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!