Mikelson 57 NW Adventure Part IV
Day 6, Tuesday 8/1 Still in Echo Bay until Thursday when we will head further
north for Sullivan Bay aptly named for the Sullivan Family of Mikelson Yachts!!
Not really but sounds good. This will be a very short run of 17 miles or less than 2
Potable water in the Broughtons is not readily at the marinas from a hose even
though this area gets more that its share of rain during the winter months. The
summers can be dry with little fresh water to share with boaters. Certainly none
to fill our water tank or wash down RHIII. She is beginning to look a little salt
crusted. The solution for many boaters is a reverse osmosis (R/O) water maker.
We have been running it while cruising to squeeze fresh water from salt water.
Works well as long as we are not dumping the holding tank when making fresh
water. Not a good idea.
We give crabbing and prawning a second chance. We set the crab pots early in
the day in 40-50 feet depth while the prawn trap needs to go much deeper; like
350 ft. We temporally sacrifice an old fire extinguisher from the dingy as the
prawn trap needs more weight added to hold its place on the bottom of the bay.
Strong currents will sweep away the pots if not heavy enough.
This time we will “soak” the pots longer while trolling for salmon across the bay
near Baker Island. Local info says this is the place; probably not true but we do
not know any better so that is where we head.
The weather continues to be great, blue skies with minimal wind but nice and
cool at night. Ideal conditions.
Our fishing expedition yields no salmon but several species of rock fish which
means we are either trolling to slow or to deep or both. We need some more local
knowledge to correct our methods. An eagle swooped in grab one of the rock fish
that John released from the boat. Sorry but no photo as the eagle was more
interested in a meal that fame. We will try to be ready next time.
On the plus side; the prawn trap (with our fire extinguisher safely inside) yielded 3
dozen nice sized spot prawns and the crab trap had a single but large male (a
keeper) Dungeness. We will eat well tonight. And I get the extinguisher back on
Pulling up the crab traps is relatively easy from the shallow depths (under 60
feet, about the length of RHIII). The prawn traps are another matter with 400 feet
of “leaded line”, a special type of line that does not float. A floating line could
cause problems for passing boaters; fouling their props.
John is the designated prawn trap puller on this day and has the sore arms, back
and shoulder to show for the task. I need to invest in an electric puller as we are
getting to old for all this manual labor. John takes a few Ibuprofen and takes a
nap to recover. The GWH (great white hunters) have brought home a meal. We
do not want to know how much the crab and 3 dozen prawns cost per pound.
Karen and Connie are preparing the prawns for a quick boil in seasoned salt
water. The prawns only take a few minutes to cook while Mr. crab needs 10 to 12
A good wine to wash down the seafood meal seems to be the appropriate thing
to do tonight. After dinner, we are all ready to turn in early. Karen broke out a
large Lindt orange flavored dark chocolate bar to share for dessert. All in all a
Bye for now.