With the mishaps of the first time prawning a week and half ago, I was determined to make it a soother run. I was wrong. Even with preparation of the right gear and bait and research on the bathymetric charts there’s always a yahoo among the populous.
We started by dropping pots right at 7:10 am in a spot that looked prawny. However the poor pulls with only a scattering of prawns led us back down south near the border of MA10 and 11, along with most of the crew.
There wasn’t much room to stretch out but we found a place that looked to hold prawns. After the first drop we lost sight of the pots all but one in the melee of the crowds. Bummed, we pressed on and even jigged up some flounder for live ling cod offerings in hopes of recovering the day with some white flaky meat.
Since we only have two days to pound out the shrimp, I was determined to press on and keep at it, even if it was with just one pot. I was borrowing a friend’s Ladner pot and didn’t want to risk losing it, so we dropped in areas between 200-250′ of water. We had a couple of good pulls, but tough to fill 4 limits with one pot.
Around 13:30 a big Bayliner asked if we lost any pots, they said some yahoo was using spectra for buoy markers and was dragging down a bunch of buoys with his pulls. They pointed in the direction and sure enough we found the 2nd pot and thereafter another buoy came into view. Our moods went from stress anxiety to elation. We had enough bait and pots to try and scratch out enough to fill a limit but only had 1.5 hours to get it done. We were the last boat to leave but managed to scrap out 200 or so for 4 licenses. I was running the hot bath (160 degree) engine block water from the T8 and it was perfect to poach the prawns to perfection. Of course we downed a few Ebi (sashimi) style.
My oldest son and I spent the night on the boat since it made more sense to wake up and roll, so that my son could sleep in. 6 am came quickly and I got dressed and we left the marina.
We did ok despite the circumstances, recovered 2 lost pots and learned some more about good prawning strategies. I can’t say if the actual prawns are worth the sore arms, backs, and deflated spirits, but the time spent with family and friends, a few laughs and fun was all worth the efforts. I’ll be back next year! Big shout out to Jason T. for the good tips and strategies helping the learning curve for a newbie prawner. He was also generous to lend me the Ladner pot, the only one that didn’t get lost today!
Ginger garlic infused spot prawns over Marzano plum tomato vinaigrette and Angel hair pasta – Ciao Bella!