Hit it today at about 4 hours before high slack. The first attempt lasted about 10 minutes. As soon as we cleared the basin we were in 5-6 ft rollers with a gnarly SW wind. 3 minutes later a huge waved broke over the top of the boat, followed shortly by 2 more. I was actually having fun, but I knew that pulling pots was going to be impossible. We had 3 people with us that had never been crabbing before, and they were starting to look slightly concerned, as in turning various shades of green or white.
We decided to hit Buoy 9 for breakfast and give it a while to calm down.
At 1100 we tried again in "only" a 3-4 ft chop. Dropped 9 pots between the flagpole and buoy 22. Wound up getting the snot beat out of us for 34 crab of so-so size. If we could've kept working the 22 area we probably would've limited with 60, but it was 5 ft alternating rollers and breakers out there, and nobody was really diggin' it.
Only saw 1 other boat, and no commercial traffic came over the bar in the 4 hours we were out there, which is very unusual.
Oh, yeah, for the first time ever we lost a pot. I won't get into how I think it happened, but if anybody happens to find a Protoco pot with a big yellow buoy in that area, I'd really like to get it back, and I'll cough up a reward for your trouble.