Prawning help for a beginner

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by WaterRats, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. ILHG

    ILHG Crew Member


    Great info! Very informative. What why is the current moving in your example?
     
  2. Buckethead905

    Buckethead905 Active Member

    Moving from left to right on the picture. The current is coming over the top of the pinnacle/shelf.
     
  3. Chasin' Dreams

    Chasin' Dreams Well-Known Member

    If you wanna catch tons of prawns fish near the skid ball salmon farms. Prawns cover the sea floor near them in some areas and come up to even shallow depths to feed on the food they feed them falling to the bottom. Personally I would never eat creatures living and feeding near the fish farms but saying that I have heard from people surveying the areas around them that Prawns love to hang around those areas and in huge numbers.

    Some Pinkies and Coonstripe Shrimp caught the other day in a sandy/muddy bottom area....however, 200 yards over on a rock shelf contouring to a more even bottom of all rock were nothing but big prawns and zero shrimp. Personally every time I have ever fished sand and mud bottoms the prawn numbers go way down and shrimp numbers go up. Same with our cousin who is a commercial prawner/shrimper. He fishes the rock ledges for the prawns and sand and mud for the shrimp.

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    As for the Squat lobsters I dunno about theories of depths for them either.. I personally just think they have their areas they live and don't live in cause I've caught them at all different depths up the inside, in the sound, and on the West Coast; from 200 to 350 depths. Here's some that were caught in only 220' of water. There were lot's of them around the whole 1/2 mile contour from 200 to 300' but most were caught in the 220 depth in that certain area.
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    For bait I use a combo of some (very little) whole pellets and mostly ground pellets mixed with fish oils and Tuna. I have done side by side comparisson's with traps fishing whole pellets vs ground pellets. The ground pellets out fishes the whole pellet only traps every time. Even when fished together on the same line. So I no longer fish just whole pellets. Some of the ground pellets actually make their way out of the jars and the prawns can actively feed on it as well as some of it drifting off and creating a scent trail. I also drill some extra bigger holes in bait jars.

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    Last edited: Mar 31, 2018
  4. ILHG

    ILHG Crew Member

    this info is great & much appreciated. This summer will be my first time prawning & every little bit helps.
     
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  5. tains

    tains Crew Member


    How do you grind up the pellets?
     
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  6. Chasin' Dreams

    Chasin' Dreams Well-Known Member

    We have pretty heavy duty blender. I put it on the "crush ice" setting and it chops them up really good. I do it when they are frozen too. I think it may keep them from getting too gooey as it chops them up.
     
  7. tains

    tains Crew Member



    Ok never thought of the blender. Might get divorced if I use the wife's.....what speed do you blend at. Lol
     
  8. Oly1

    Oly1 Well-Known Member

    Magic bullet might work alright as well. Buy your wife the magic bullet as an Easter present (good books heading your way) and then keep one of the small containers (bullets) for your pellets. Just don’t mix your up with the margarita ones. Might leave a weird coating in your mouth.

    Oly
     
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  9. ILHG

    ILHG Crew Member





    Them Squat lobsters are crazy looking little shits. You ever tried eating?
     
  10. Chasin' Dreams

    Chasin' Dreams Well-Known Member

    Lol ya first time she busted me using it I got in some shit. Now I do it when she's out lol. On our blender it's not a speed but it says "crush ice" setting. It's second from the highest speed on our blender I think.
     
  11. Chasin' Dreams

    Chasin' Dreams Well-Known Member

    Ya it does work but not as good as a powerful blender. I did use the Magic Bullet the first time but it also does much less at a time than a bigger blender. But ya be careful of your wife while using the kitchen tools for fishing needs lol.
     
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  12. Chasin' Dreams

    Chasin' Dreams Well-Known Member

    I haven't but I have thought about it. If you had enough of them the tails look like they have a chunk of meat in them. Similar to crayfish tails I would think but at least with crayfish you get the claw meat too if they are decent size. The Squats have tiny thin arms/claws. One day I will give them a try if I get a whack of them again. Toss them straight into some boiling water on the boat stove I bet they'd be a nice little snack while fishing. Dipped in some garlic butter.
     
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  13. BigReel

    BigReel Well-Known Member

    I crush my pellets inside a couple grocery bags on my driveway with a hammer. Easy and no clean up. Then toss it in a pale mix with prawn oil or fire brine and carlyle cat food or yum yum for the night.

    Id say yum yum out fishes carlyle by a handful of prawns per trap.
     
  14. Floater

    Floater Well-Known Member

    I soak the pellets over night in a small bucket, in the morning I shake it up and they are pretty smushed up.
     
  15. Chasin' Dreams

    Chasin' Dreams Well-Known Member

    I always soaked my pellets in fish oils for a full 24 hrs to up to 48 hrs prior to fishing. Have never seen the pellets "smush" up from that. They are very pressed and firm. Even after soaking in the ocean they just start breaking down. So something is "fishy" with that statement. Fish oils will not break down the pellets to any kind of a "smushy" state. My cousin soaks their commercial pellets in oils prior to fishing and they are never broken down or smushy either.
    Soaking them in water would get then to that state but that would be counter productive.
     
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  16. You can use a paint mixer that is chucked up in a variable speed drill. Mix it in a 5 gallon bucket. Make sure it is a variable speed drill or you could have it all over the place!!
     
  17. Jencourt

    Jencourt Well-Known Member

    My experience with pre mixing the cat food and pellets is that one should only do what one thinks they need for the trip. If you have leftovers I would freeze it.
    I made up a small pail and never ended up using it all. Couple months later I was going again and wen I opened pail to add more, it was a big ball of fuzzy mould. Then the lightbulb came on and I remembered Cat food does not last forever out of the can.
    Thinking it would have been fine had I froze it?
     
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  18. Chasin' Dreams

    Chasin' Dreams Well-Known Member

    No you can't. The pellets are compressed very hard. I gather you haven't actually tried it. They need a sharp edged, very fast moving device to cut/chop them up. The pellets would laugh at a cement mixture bit.

    Yes I freeze whatever I don't use.
     
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    Chasin' Dreams Well-Known Member

  20. vanisleman

    vanisleman New Member

    Where in Port Alberni were you prawning? We usually prawn in 300ft of water or less in Barklay Sound... It has declined in recent years and lots of slime eels
     

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