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A Tip For Novice Shrimpers
Posted by B_M on May 24 2005
I commercially longline for halibut out of Whittier and have shrimped out there for years.  This weekend while pulling gear we got a buoy line tangled with our gear and pulled it up in order to free it from our line.  It was a shrimp pot with about 150 feet of line drifting in about 1500 feet of water.  The person obviously set it in too deep of an area.

If you are new to shrimping and put the money into pots, don't skimp when it comes to line.  It seems ridiculous, but this happens often when people put own hundreds of dollars on pots and then want to save a few bucks on rope.  Also, use good depth charts!  The Sound gets deep REALLY fast, sometimes within 20 yards of shore.  If you set in an unknown area without lots of line, you'll likely have  your pots swept out to the gulf and be left thinking that someone stole them.

I know this sounds obvious, but this is the third time I've found drifting pots.  Sad, really....


(By the way, if anyone has questions about shrimping, feel free to e-mail me.  I'm by no means an expert, but I seem to do pretty well.  Enough shrimp to keep the wife happy, anyways!)

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