…from the day before.
At about ten in the morning (it’s raining today but that seems only fair) when we don our gear. Sal gets on like Capt. Highliner. Wet gear, hand warmers, double this, extra that. Really cute toque. Looks capable of high seas crab-fishing in Alaska…in the winter. I go knowing that I am going to get wet and being okay with that.
On our way over, we stop to mist the mushrooms (it is raining but the spores are indoors and not going anywhere fast. Suspect a case of dead spores?). Then we stop to measure up a small construction job. By 10:30 we are at the boat, engine running and loading on the barrel and bucket.
Five minutes later we are on the ‘spot prawn spot’ (local prawns are called Spot prawns because of their little white spots on the tail). The prawning beds? Prawn grounds? Sal leans over the edge of the boat and hauls in the float and puts the line on the prawn puller. Press the button. Nada. “Oops. I forgot to hook up the wires to the battery.” A minute later, the first of three traps starts to come up. I haul it over the gunwale. Looks like twenty or thirty prawns. When we quit a few minutes later, we have over 100 or so prawns after we sorted out out the females so as to set them free. There are only three or four moms-in-waiting this time.
But we have two strings down (one for each of us). So a few minutes later, the second string is in and it yielded close to the first one. We have just over 200 prawns. The BC daily limit for one license is 200 prawns. We did NOT make our limit of a theoretical 400.
There are roughly 20 prawns to the pound so we have ten solid pounds. We are soon back at the dock doing the ‘beheading’ and tidying up the gear. By 11:30, I am sitting at the computer drinking tea and writing this up. One hour. One and a half hours all in. Two at the most (it wasn’t two but it could have been had we re-baited and re-set the traps).
Special? Not really. We can do this a few times a year and be very happily ‘kept in prawns’ for our needs. Our needs are not much. Usually we have prawns when we have guests and/or sushi. Still, when you think about it, we likely consume the equivalent of a pound a month. No more than 15-30 lbs a year. NOT a big deal but a nice addition to the family menu.