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BrianW
10-20-2004, 03:35 AM
Okay, more pictures to entertain.

Last Spring I found out about a good spot locally to go shrimping. The reason it's good, is that the entrance to the bay is a bit challenging to navigate. It can really only be done at high tide due to some rocks. The problem is that there's little 'slack tide' time and you need to get in and out quick. I decided to go early and check out the entrance at low tide, so I could check out the rocks before the were covered.

Here's the bay, the shrimp are in the 20 fathom spot in the rear bay. It's called 'No Thorofare' for good reason...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/PA210003.jpg

I tied off to this branch at the opening, to take a peek inside. I'm standing up in the bow, and the branch gets covered at high tide...

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid110/p0cad73869eaf6c0211a6eb305aa67d10/f91750db.jpg

Decided I needed a closer look, so I 'indian anchor' right outside the entrance and go for a hike. The skiff is 22ft with a 130hp Honda...

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid110/p24fb8949033b9f429d1d28ad5ffc1330/f9174a08.jpg

I hike in a bit and this is the view looking back out the entrance. If you look closely, you can see the branch I tied off to...

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid110/p6618d57cafbb5e9fafd377cc02343dc4/f9173774.jpg

Here are the main rocks to avoid. They do cover at high tide, but not by much...

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid110/p811eb829d9f1a2f1971bd38d03c19886/f91750d6.jpg

BrianW
10-20-2004, 03:37 AM
So I wait a few hours, and make a mad dash through the entrance, set my pots, and get out. Was way too nervous and excited to take pictures. But, the next day I went back at what passes for slack tide there (it doesn't last long, maybe minutes) pull the pots, and by the time I head out the current has reversed and is now flowing into the bay! Getting a bit braver I take a couple pictures while now motoring 'upstream' trying to avoid the rocks on the left, and the rock bank on the right...

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid110/pd4a109306914a5503f24dfdfb885b16b/f91749fd.jpg

Darn pictures do no justice... ;)

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid110/p4c092f8203d75dd2a0f49bf21ce83cbd/f9174a02.jpg

Well, if you love shrimp like we do...

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid114/p5188f4df622104cf3b9f267dc3a71647/f8d88357.jpg

...it's worth the risk. :D

skuthorp
10-20-2004, 04:37 AM
You should talk to Doorstop about his Crayfish (lobster) pots! Very productive too!! :D

Joe (SoCal)
10-20-2004, 06:00 AM
C :cool: :cool: L Alaska adventure. You should have a TV show like that crock hunter guy. Just look into the camera and say CRIKEY this here is the most Daaaaaaangerus paahrt of the Bay, Naw lets get some of them wild shrimp ;) :D :D

flatbottom
10-20-2004, 06:20 AM
Originally posted by Joe ( Cold Spring on Hudson ):
C :cool: :cool: L Alaska adventure. You should have a TV show like that crock hunter guy. Just look into the camera and say CRIKEY this here is the most Daaaaaaangerus paahrt of the Bay, Naw lets get some of them wild shrimp ;) :D :D oh my god, could you imagine dingo reporting back from Alaska? LMAO thinking about it

Awesome pictorial Brian, Thanks!

[ 10-20-2004, 07:22 AM: Message edited by: flatbottom ]

Gresham CA
10-20-2004, 06:32 AM
We don't set pots for shrimp down here. I shrimp with a cast net and get a baiting permit. I wonder how it would work out down here using a pot? I don't recall ever seeing one. Can you post a good picture of one for me? Thanks for the story and the pics.

mmd
10-20-2004, 06:44 AM
Definitely not a patch of water for the timid. What is the tidal range there?

cs
10-20-2004, 06:47 AM
My daughter would be in wonder land if she had that much shrimp. That is her favorite food, she likes it even better than ice cream.

Chad

High C
10-20-2004, 08:27 AM
White water crawfishing! I am impressed.... :cool:

Mrleft8
10-20-2004, 09:22 AM
Originally posted by Gresham CA:
We don't set pots for shrimp down here. I shrimp with a cast net and get a baiting permit. I wonder how it would work out down here using a pot? I don't recall ever seeing one. Can you post a good picture of one for me? Thanks for the story and the pics.You fish for shrimp with castenets? :D I just got a visual of you wearing a Carmen Miranda outfit, out in your boat, clicking castenets, and shrimp jumping into your boat..... Damn fine coffee this morning I tell ya!

Gresham CA
10-20-2004, 09:25 AM
I'll leave the outfit for Joe, Lefty. But I have had the shrimp jump into the boat.

BrianW
10-20-2004, 12:15 PM
mmd,

The tidal range is about 15ft at the most here. It's a bit more in some parts of S.E. Alaska.

Here's a bouy being affected by the tide current in a narrow spot between Baranof and Chicagof Islands...

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid21/p8defb84c4999d370e5bfc73e5e005f85/fdb32713.jpg

BrianW
10-20-2004, 12:25 PM
GreshamCA,

Some shrimp pot pictures I just took in the garage...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/PA210004.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/PA210005.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/PA210007.jpg

My commercial pots are about the same size, except taller and made from heavier steel.

While the depth in the bay above is only 20 fathoms, usually it's best to set them around 50-60 fathoms. I use floating line on the bottom where the pots are clipped on, and sinking line up to the surface, to prevent getting it snagged in the prop.

Not sure what exactly a 'bait permit' is, but this is what we use for shrimp bait...

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid140/pcb763260f2ff1c9bb6c37913837e40e2/f6e45ca6.jpg

brad9798
10-20-2004, 12:29 PM
Okay, you've motivated, like others here, to visit Sitka.

I just went to the official site- they are mailing me some information.

A year ago, we hit the Northeast- above Boston ... along 1A.

Now, it's time to head out west. Hopefully next fall.

Thanks for the cool pix ... and the motivation.

Brad

BrianW
10-20-2004, 12:31 PM
The 'big kahuna'...

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid140/p2d87e1004a87b72cb3b179637f3c4d66/f6e46c6f.jpg

...and yes, the scale is set to lbs.

These are pics from commercial shrimping...

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid140/p67292b7c7e301cc6d8e292f83940dfa3/f6e45036.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid140/p1d4f52beaedff016906e20247c761c22/f6e46c72.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid140/p15a107ffd8a984cff8a468d7c7b87305/f6df45e7.jpg

They're all Spot Shrimp. We get an occasional 'Pink' and 'Coonstripe' in the pots, but don't proccess them.

BrianW
10-20-2004, 12:36 PM
Brad9798,

That's great! Let me know when ya hit town, and we can meet up for a coffee or beer. I suggest you hit several towns down here, it's easy to do. We get cruise ships daily and the Alaska State Ferry runs here too.

Gresham CA
10-20-2004, 12:44 PM
Brian,

Here in SC we have a baiting season for the recreational shrimpers That allows you to bait(fishmeal and a binder, usually clay) shrimp. We cast to the bait and the limit is 48 qts. (heads on) of mostly white shrimp. They aren't normaly quite as big as what you are showing. If I used a basket like that I would end up with a basket full of blue crabs. Still might be worth a try though.

High C
10-20-2004, 01:13 PM
Holy cow, those are shrimp! They're so large, and red in color, I thought they were boiled crawfish. redface.gif

Amazing...

George H.
10-20-2004, 04:05 PM
Great pics Brian! Keep em comin.

Hal Forsen
10-20-2004, 07:57 PM
Now THAT'S a jumbo shrimp!

HF