With a strong current of about 4 knots on our stern, we motored the five miles from
to Sidney Spit. Our speed over ground was as high as 9.5 knots, so our run over went pretty fast. Sidney Spit is an interesting place with a mile long sand spit that extends north from the island. As we motored into the anchorage at low tide there were lots of areas were the sand had shoaled out and depths on the depth gauge read zero as we passed over. I’m sure we were literally touching bottom at times. We found an area with better depths of about Portland Island 30 feet and set the anchor. The current was running at about 2 knots thru the anchorage, so we made certain to get a good set and we put out a little bit more scope than usual just to be sure.
Crabbing is reported to be excellent and judging from all the crab traps around, it must be true. Wasting no time, Paul and JP set our trap in hopes of getting another crab for this evening’s happy hour. We normally don’t check the trap until the following morning, but given our early arrival and our expectation for excellent results, we plan to check the pot in a few hours.
We went ashore for a walk along the spit and a picnic lunch on the beach. JP searched the shore for few perfect shells for his daughter Penryn.
We checked the crab pot before returning to Talos IV, but found only a few females and small males, all illegal to take. We dropped the pot back down and plan to check it again in the morning. Once back on the boat, it was time for another BBQ and a relaxing evening.
|Park dock at Sidney Spit|
|On the "spit"|