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post #21 of 67 Old 09-13-2006
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How to clear a lobster pot once you've snagged it:

1. Take a 25' length of line, about 1/2" in diameter and tie a dive weight (about 6 to 8 lbs) in the middle.

2. Two crew walk up to the bow, one holding each end of the line. Weight is lowered over the bow. Crew members walk aft, holding on to their ends of the line.

3. Line and weight are retrieved at the stern of the boat. With a little luck, you'll bring up both ends of the lobster pot line.

4. Cut the lobster pot line and, if you're feeling charitable, retie them and toss them back overboard.

This technique has worked for me.

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Have you ever seen a crabber/lobster boat fouled on a crab/lobster pot?
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I've found, pulling the line back towards the stern does little to free it. As for re-tieing the line...it depends... if the lobster pot was properly marked and not in a shipping channel, I'll usually try to repair it.

However, if the pot isn't properly marked or if the pot was in a shipping channel, I generally don't bother. If they don't follow the legal requirements for marking a pot or if they can't have the courtesy to lay their pots outside of the marked shipping channels—they don't need my help keeping their pots in the water.


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If they don't follow the legal requirements for marking a pot or if they can't have the courtesy to lay their pots outside of the marked shipping channels—they don't need my help keeping their pots in the water.

DOG! You, of course, confiscate their catch, eh?
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DOG! You, of course, confiscate their catch, eh?
Of course not, I believe that would be a felony...and it is a royal pain to haul up a lobster pot when you're still moving at four knots...they're heavy, and the lobsters, at least here in New England, aren't all that expensive for me to buy.

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Crab pots down here (NC) are pretty small.

Ya-know, for as many as there are just outside of the channel to my marina - I never see anyone working them.

Anyone know if these fisherman can simply leave them there indefinitly?? Do you think my Fish & Wildlife guys be able to talk to that or the USCG? Seems that even though they're not in a channel they could still be considerd a hazard to navigation based on a some sort of time scale.
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Yes.... stainless must be kept oxygenated or it gives up quickly. If oxygen is not present in enough concentration, the stainless reacts with the chlorine in the seawater and the reaction is rapid, and destructive. Any marine growth will cut off the oxygen supply.

It's one reason why you don't see through-hulls made of stainless. Topsides it's fine, but not under da water.
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I think Rockter is a bit confused...

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Read as if after posting 11 of this thread.

It's true.... don't use stainless under the water. It must have oxygen. It must! Try it yourself. Get a wee bit of stainless, immerse it in a wee bottle of seawater, and put a cork in the top of the bottle. Leave it on the shelf for a month or two.

Better still, but far more expensive..... fill your freshwater stainless tank with seawater and then block the tank breather.


I've got a long keeler.... they don't get caught by lobster pots.
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Ahh.. that makes more sense now... I agree stainless steel is not so good under water. Marine Bronze is the way to go for underwater metal... but you could probably also work with fiberglass as well. If cost was no object, Titanium would be a good choice, but it is hard to work with normal boatyard tools.

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