Potts Island Anchorage
You can re-read last month’s Anchorage article stopping half way through the second paragraph. We will stop this time part way down. Just when Joassa Channel becomes Body Narrows you are aware of a small group of rocks and islets off your starboard and should be slowing now for your entrance to the anchorage, but also to look around as we commonly see Sea Otters floating on their backs, eating some tender morsel from the sea floor. Follow your plotter and keep Canadian Chart #3787 close at hand then turn into the small anchorage at about 52o08.498’N 128o20.004’W, what we call Potts Island Anchorage.
We have usually dropped the hook at about 52o08.558’N 128o20.504’W and there is actually room for three friendly boats here. One rock should be mentioned that resides in the center of the anchorage so be sure your swing doesn’t pass over it. From memory this submerged rock lies at about 52o08.591’N 128o20.555’W and we could not find it on any of the charts, but it’s there!
Once you are secure and the hors d’oeuvres are presented and enjoyed, you have two pressing situations to address. First, get the prawn trap ready to deploy as you probably noticed a few commercial sets on the way in here. There are plenty to go around. Any place off Isabel Point to a mile or so north should be great¸ favoring the Horsfall Island side. Find a depth a bit over 300’ and you should be cooking prawn for dinner tonight – sounds good about now doesn’t it?
Secondly, with your dinghy outfitted for exploring, head out of the anchorage and go south, a slightly high tide would help but is not necessary; just not a minus tide! You head down Louise Channel, slowly on your first trip, to take in all the tiny coves and islets along the way. You may even run into a small cruiser anchored down this channel but they arrive here with more “local knowledge” than I. One of our favorite picnic spots is near the lower end of the channel, through a rocky area covered mostly by large kelp beds. Working our way through these obstacles we pull onto the beach at about 52o06.045’N 128o23.296’W and wade ashore. This is one of the beaches where Carolyn gathers baggies of her Beach Crap that she uses to do her art work. On a stop here a couple years ago we found huge wolf prints in the sand that were as recent as the last tide. I could not cover these paw prints with my hand, they were so large. The wolf that made them must have been a good swimmer because as you will see there is not much area here for food, unless he eats driftwood. As the sand dries the sharp image of his claws and pad would cave in but this had not happened yet.
Since this area does not appear to be in the Rockfish Conservation Area closures we have done well fishing for Lingcod just to the outside, at the bottom of Thompson Bay. The island marked 150 on your chart and the small groups of rocks just to the south have been quite productive for a fulfilling dinner menu.
Watch the tide change so you don’t get stuck down here – although it is beautifully wild. Thisw is just one of many anchorages within a few miles of cruising. Get out there this year and discover a few more, OK?
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Don and Carolyn Bloye
M.V. Island Spirit