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LIP GRIPPER [ R I G G I N G] Shrimp Dip


Shrimp is a prized delicacy, yet retail markets are flooded with farmed, hormone-riddled and overpriced product. Better to catch them yourself—no motor, no hydraulic pot puller, no matter. You can easily reap the rewards with just a basic rod and reel combo and some muscle power.


Place a buoy between each pot so they can be reached, one at a time, as the pots are dropped. Bullet style crab pot buoys work best. Slide the snap swivel and line through the buoy and clip the swivel back on the line. Use bright colors; buoys are often difficult to spot in rough seas.


Starting with an empty spool, rig a 10-foot leader. Tie a barrel swivel onto the free end. Wind on your first pot line, with a snap swivel on the inside end and a barrel swivel on the terminal end. Repeat for each additional pot.


Bait the pots before you launch. The fewer tasks on the water, the better. As you drop the pots over the target area, set the rod on the deck and let the reel freespool as you use your paddle to stay in position, keeping the line vertical. When the pot hits bottom, pull the remaining line off the reel by hand, unclip the swivel and attach the buoy. Repeat for the remaining pots. Go home. Dream of giant shrimp.

For retrieval, simply unclip the buoys and reverse the process. Each section of line attaches to the previous. The challenge is reeling them up. Rest the rod between your foot and the rail of the kayak. With the weight on the kayak, start cranking. Empty your bounty into a five-gallon bucket.


This system was devised for Alaskan giant spot prawns, but can be modified to fit the shrimp pot fisheries of the U.S. Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Check your local regulations, scout a few spots and get cranking.


POTS Three or four 30-inch round, netted pots stack nicely over the tank well of the average sit-on-top kayak. Don’t tie them down. Should they slide, they’ll become a dangerous sea anchor.

SWIVELS Quality swivels are the key to the system. Efficiently connecting your lines to each other, the buoys and the pots makes kayak shrimping feasible. Use large, heavy-duty barrel swivels on the terminal end of each line section. These connect easily to commercial corkscrew swivels permanently attached to the pots.


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