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Try catching your own shrimp in the San Juan Islands

You can never doubt the freshness of your seafood if you reel it in yourself.

ROCHE HARBOR, Wash. — Disclaimer:  This is an encore presentation of this program.

Update:  The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water-access areas starting Wednesday, March 25. 

A trip to the San Juan Islands is not complete without experiencing some of the freshest seafood the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Just off Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, you can catch your own shrimp with the appropriate license

KING 5 Evening's Jim Dever took to the waters as a first-time shrimper. Suited up in rubber pants, Jim was ready to learn from the best: George Harris, the President, and CEO of the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

The first step is loading the bait with a fish protein that does not taste very good according to Jim. 

Next, George and Jim have to attach the required yellow buoys to the big cage known as the "pot". 

With the motion of a gentle lift, the pot lands in the water. 400 feet of fishing line secure the cage so it can be retrieved in a few hours. 

Once it's time to harvest, the pot is pulled to the surface and is filled with Puget Sound Spot Prawns. 

George estimates 200, and Jim begins counting prawns.

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The pots are retrieved after a few hours in the water.

"We're rich! We're rich!" said Jim, as George's estimate hit the nail right on the head.

200 of the freshest prawns, all in a day's work. With patience, focus, and courage, anyone can become a world-class shrimper. 

You can also catch crab or salmon, with the appropriate license and time of year.

Disclaimer:  This is an encore presentation of this program.

Update:  The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water-access areas starting Wednesday, March 25. 

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