How to Shrimp in the PNW

ASK 100 SHRIMPERS HOW IT’S DONE AND YOU’LL PROBABLY GET 100 DIFFERENT ANSWERS. PERSONAL PREFERENCES AND SECRET TRICKS ASIDE, WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE PULLING UP A POT OF PRAWNS ON A SUMMER EVENING AND FEASTING ON THE DAY’S CATCH. IN THIS HOW-TO, WE OUTLINE WHAT YOU’LL NEED AND THE BASICS OF HOW TO HARVEST YOUR OWN SHRIMP, HERE IN OUR NATIVE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Source some shrimp pots, rope, buoy, a boat, smelly bait (i.e. dog food and fish fertilizer) and be sure to pick up a license.

THE STEPS

  • Head out at slack tide and look for an underwater steep slope roughly 250 feet down.
  • Bait, secure your buoy via the line to the pot and drop em’ (be sure to write your name address and phone number on the buoy)
  • Wait for roughly an hour and a half for the pots to “soak”
  • Pull em’
  • Make sure to maintain upward momentum on the pots when pulling them up so that the shrimp don’t fall out while coming up
  • Drop them in a bucket (lookout, they are sharp). Remember Limit is 60 in WA.

Enjoy!

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