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Old 08-08-2011, 08:29 PM   #46
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That I will have to pass on.
I don't blame you. It's not an everyday or favorite past time for myself, I just needed to relax my soul tonight. Overworked, if you know what I mean. I'm sure you do.

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Finally got my captain's license, it was harder to pass than my plumbing, gas and electrical finals. Anyhoo we'll be heading out for prawns and crab this weekend, so I'll post some pics when I have a chance. Mmmm, fresh seafood!
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:43 PM   #51
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I specifically had dinner at Chili's tonight just to get this dang pic, margarita grilled chicken.

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YUM!
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That looks better than the soup I had last night. We have a place called Lake Pointe Grill that out does Chilli's, plus the head chef lives two doors down from me. I have found that depending on the location, the Chilli cooks vary.
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Went out yesterday all pumped up to catch our daily limit (sport license here allows 200 prawn & 4 crab per license per day). Beautiful sunny day, high of ~ 25C, spend some quality time on the water with my best friend (the Mrs).

Got started later than I'd like, 8am, but we since we use the father-in-law's boat, trailer, gas, traps, bait, and everything else I guess I shouldn't grumble too much.

It's been ~ 3 years since I'd last been out and I was feeling a little stressed. It's a pretty busy channel where we fish, small open ferry from our big island to one of the local ones (Saltspring Island), where the waiting passengers have nothing better to do than watch me try to back the boat down the ramp. Did I mention that I have limited towing experience? Lots of local boat traffic, tug boats, small trawlers, big cruisers from the US (from the San Juan Islands mostly, also seen a few from Texas, Florida), day trippers and sports fishermen like ourselves. And on more than one occasion the father-in-law has 'joked' how he'd love to have a new boat, one that I buy him, after I wreck/sink this one.

We drop our traps and after some difficulty with knots in the lines they're laid down and soaking after about 2 hours on the water. Patience is definitely an asset and for whatever reason I lacked it completely yesterday. So after dropping our last prawn trap we headed back over to the crab traps to see what we had. And the answer was one keeper. Of course the traps had only been soaking for about an hour, so we dropped one trap back in and headed to the prawn traps to see if we'd had better luck on the other side of the bay. 4 traps over there and 169 prawns total, not too bad. Nice big ones, twice the size of my thumb, some of them.

Fart around for an hour or so to give the crabs time to jump in our trap by the dozen. It was not to be however as we had only 4 in there after the 2nd soak. One female, one juvenile, one spider crab (they all went back) and one keeper, about 7.5" across (6.5" is min here).

The wife was not happy as I'm the prawn guy and she's the crab lady. But we're both over-heated, famished and basically fed-up with being on the water for about 5 hours with so little to show for our efforts. Couple that with the fact that every other time we'd been out we'd caught the daily limit or above (and thrown back the overage), we considered it to be a somewhat less than successful outing. But we did learn a few lessons we'd forgotten and they are:

- 4 hour minimum soak,
- bring a lunch,
- tootling around the bay and surrounding islands is ok, but we've done that many a time so we've decided to bring some books or cards the next time, something to help pass the time. We dare not go ashore and leave the traps as there are many stories floating around around about unscrupulous folks who will pull your traps, grab the loot, and drop them again, or worse take the traps home.

Here's some pics of yesterday's adventure;

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Crabs shelled, de-brained and ready for the pot. Dungeness on the left & red rock on the right.

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One of our neighbours from the south, probably Seattle.

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Beautiful, beautiful prawns.

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After that I just have to go and eat at Red Lobster and that's not cheap. Thanks VIPlumber.

Those prawn do look good!
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Did I mention that I have limited towing experience? Lots of local boat traffic............. And on more than one occasion the father-in-law has 'joked' how he'd love to have a new boat, one that I buy him, after I wreck/sink this one.
When I read this, I said out loud, "Oh no". I thought you were going to say that something happened to the boat.
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VIP, I was a little shocked to see you can only keep four crab a day. The limit for Oregon is 12 Dungeness and 24 red rock per person per day. I would think you would have healthy populations up there. Has it always been that way or have there been recent problems with the crab population? Thanks for the pics, they made me homesick.
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Has it always been that way or have there been recent problems with the crab population?
I don't know for sure when this limit was imposed, but it has been in place as long as I've been heading out which is about 10 years. I'll have to ask my father-in-law as he's lived and fished here for 60 odd years.

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When I read this, I said out loud, "Oh no". I thought you were going to say that something happened to the boat.
The father-in-law loves to tease with a hard edge, especially a city boy like myself.

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After that I just have to go and eat at Red Lobster and that's not cheap.
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Here's a pic of some of the prawns being cooked for a snack yesterday. A clove of garlic, a small pat of butter and the star of the dish heated for a couple of mins. Boy was it good.

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Old 08-14-2011, 05:15 PM   #60
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VIPlumber, I'm sending you the bill for my lunch today. The salad first and then..


one pound of snow crab!


with shrimp, scallops, roasted potatos and a sweet corn on the cob.

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