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Re: Crab Pots in Channels, oh My!

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Ha....my wife is a woman also and she maneuvers the boat around them. Crab pots are not gender specific. The more practice you get the better you will get at handling them until they no longer bother you. Just relax about them and be aware of them that's all.


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Now I am imagining pink or blue crab traps, and little signs with crabs wearing pants or skirts down on the traps so the crabs do not get into the wrong gender traps....
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Re: Crab Pots in Channels, oh My!

What's the SOP if you run over a crab pot by accident and catch the prop? I'm a new sailor out of Shipwright and there's currently quite a few of them hanging out nearby - just want to be prepared.
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What's the SOP if you run over a crab pot by accident and catch the prop? I'm a new sailor out of Shipwright and there's currently quite a few of them hanging out nearby - just want to be prepared.
You stop..

You untangle the line from the prop....


You look in the trap and take out the crabs...

You throw the trap back in the water, after you fix the line and float...

You get old bay crab seasoning, Kielbasa sausage, new potatoes, corn on the cob, some shrimp, and the crabs

Heat a large pot of water over an outdoor cooker, or medium-high heat indoors. Add Old Bay Seasoning to taste, and bring to a boil. Add potatoes, and sausage, and cook for about 10 minutes. Add the corn and crab; cook for another 5 minutes, then add the shrimp when everything else is almost done, and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes.
Drain off the water and pour the contents out onto a picnic table covered with newspaper. Grab a paper plate and a soda and enjoy!

Leave a note on the float for the trap saying "thanks for dinner"




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Re: Crab Pots in Channels, oh My!

Found this article as well:

Untangle a Fouled Prop | Boating Magazine
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Re: Crab Pots in Channels, oh My!

This can get complicated when you start debating all the issues. I love eating crabs and also enjoy catching them (don't do that often but) so I can live with the pots and try to pick heading to best avoid them. Our prop and skeg rudder are crab line magnets so we need to be cautious. I admit they can get on my nerves but have no problem tolerating them.

Earlier this year I considered taking a slip in the West/Rhode river area and remembered the crab pot clusters on our approach and that was one of the primary factors for not moving the boat there, so I can understand the OP frustrations.

I had a run it with a commercial crabber on year. We were headed out the Miles River under power from St Michaels heading for Kent Narrows. I observed a crab boat to starboard and then saw a white float off the port bow, passed it as I normally would. The I heard the line wrap the prop and the crab boat barreling down on us at full ramming speed. He was not pleased and let me know it. It seems he was laying a trot line and didn't weight it enough and I probably wrapped 10+ feet of line around our prop and shaft. I was not pleased about that. After we both calmed down I jump in with a knife and he followed. We got it free and I gave him $20 bucks for his line and we called it even. I don't think I was at fault, he didn't admit anything, but I don't know how I could have avoided it. I am just glad it wasn't super cold water, that would have not been fun, which reminds me, I need to put my wet suit back on the boat Thoughts?

I would happily give up crab a as long as it would take to bring the population back up and then keep the catch to a sustainable level. Oysters are screwed, I doubt we'll ever see wild oysters in the bay return to anything normal, farmed are making progress but that nothing compared to early 1900 numbers IIRCC

I guess if they really bother you a lot just move to the Southern bay
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Re: Crab Pots in Channels, oh My!

You're a nicer man than I am, Chef.

While I would never take crabs from a trap, (even one that I wrap around my prop), I would also never give money to a waterman who puts his traps in the marked channel. I call it an "occupational hazard".

I'd do my best to separate his gear from my boat without damaging either one, and be on my way. He can scream and b---h all he wants.

I'd also like to say that someone may have had some success in complaining about pots in the float-free channel in the West River. Most have been cleared out, and I've had no problem at all, entering and exiting the river.
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Re: Crab Pots in Channels, oh My!

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I would want to CHARGE $20 for untangling his floating obstacle, not PAY for it!
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Crab Pots in Channels, oh My!

I haven't decided how I feel about line cutters on prop shafts, but do they work? Sounds like the result would be the same without the hassle of a swim...

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Re: Crab Pots in Channels, oh My!

Even though crab pots and pound-nets are prolific, I've only ever snagged a pot once, and that was on my rudder. At night. During a race.

After a moment's confusion, we simply pushed it down off of the rudder with a boathook and were on our way. I think a line cutter is over-kill, and not necessarily effective.
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Re: Crab Pots in Channels, oh My!

I have not caught a pot in ages on my sailboat. I did catch one with my powerboat and the trap got hauled into the prop and compressed. There were about 20 crabs smashed into something the size of a softball. A VERY nice gentleman towed me 10 miles home for free too It took some doing to cut all that mess off the prop.
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