Justin Davis, skipper of the Night Wind, says goodbye to his wife Deserie Davis and son Ivan as his crew prepares to head out crabbing after months of delay, Tuesday March 29, 2016 at Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Justin Davis, skipper of the Night Wind, says goodbye to his wife Deserie Davis and son Ivan as his crew prepares to head out crabbing after months of delay, Tuesday March 29, 2016 at Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

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Spent a little time in Bodega Bay Monday, March 29, 2016 for the start of the long delayed Dungeness crab season. Fisherman didn’t celebrate too much, they were much to busy getting their crab pots baited and readied to be dropped.  I wanted to show the frenetic pent-up energy that has been in check for more than five months, but what I saw was a finely tuned routine of making sure everything was set to go.  Most boats were loaded with the pots beforehand; this, thanks to the domoic acid levels dropping, signaling an anticipated start to the season recently.  After the price per pound was settled upon yesterday, several vessels were out of the harbor within a half hour and on the open sea.

Crab pots are loaded on to the Night Wind at Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay, Tuesday March 29, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Crab pots are loaded on to the Night Wind at Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay, Tuesday March 29, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Deckhand Sean Amoroso, right and skipper Matt Anello cut frozen squid and mackerel as they prepare to head out to catch crab, Tuesday March 29, 2016 in Bodega Bay.  (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Deckhand Sean Amoroso, right and skipper Matt Anello cut frozen squid and mackerel as they prepare to head out to catch crab, Tuesday March 29, 2016 in Bodega Bay. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Deckhands all around Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay, busied vessels for the beginning O Dungeness crab seaso, Tuesday March 29, 2016. (Kent Porter/Press Democrat) 2015

Deckhands all around Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay, busied vessels for the beginning of Dungeness crab season, Tuesday March 29, 2016. (Kent Porter/Press Democrat) 2015

Deckhands all around Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay, busied vessels for the beginning of Dungeness crab season, Tuesday March 29, 2016. (Kent Porter/Press Democrat) 2015

Deckhands all around Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay, busied vessels for the beginning of Dungeness crab season, Tuesday March 29, 2016. (Kent Porter/Press Democrat) 2015

The Sea Spirit heads out for crab from Spud Point Marina, Tuesday March 29, 2016 in Bodega Bay. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

The Sea Spirit heads out for crab from Spud Point Marina, Tuesday March 29, 2016 in Bodega Bay. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 20

The Donna Mia heads out to open water to drop crab pots, Tuesday March 29, 2016 in Bodega Bay.  (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

The Donna Mia heads out to open water to drop crab pots, Tuesday March 29, 2016 in Bodega Bay. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

 

-Kent Porter