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Re: Crab Pots, friend or foe

Lobstah pots are thickah than a brick in someplaces down east. Hey, someplaces yah can walk on them and cross the harbah without getting wet.

I've wrapped a few. The worst ones are the toggles. Yah gottah figuah out which way they be a lyin otherwise you'll be trippin on em all the time. Usually they'll lie with the current, but sometimes the wind will mess yah up.

That polypropylene melts pretty easy. That birds nest on your prop isn't gonna just unwind easy, it's melted on. Good think there's a lot of dive-ahs in Maine to help ya out, that unless you can hold your breath in 50 degree water for 10 minutes .

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When teaching from Ft Myers Beach or Captiva, I look for crab pots. They are usually set in about 12-feet of water, so I know that if the pot is where it was planted we won't run aground. They make a great point of reference for the students to sail circles and figure-8s around. I also use them as practice for mooring pickups. In four years of teaching, I have never had one stick to the keel or the spade rudder of a Colgate 26. - Friend!

Lobster pots, or worse those ubiquitous plastic jugs covered with seaweed and tied to... er, something () on the bottom , on the other hand... FOE!


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Re: Crab Pots, friend or foe

Fish traps can be a pain in the ass... mostly when motoring I think. In 33 years I have snagged a few but I it's what it is because this is how people make a living and we all enjoy their catch. I do think they should not be placed in fairways or in designated anchorages or mooring fields. Yet another good reason to maintain a constant watch.

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If I recall correctly, there is, or was, some state in which you are encouraged to pull up any buoy that appears abandoned. This was done in an attempt to recover/decommission lost fishing gear which would continue to trap and kill sea life even though it is not maintained. A boater could judge if it was abandoned by the amount of sea life growing on the buoy.

Am I recalling correctly?

And, yes, I know that pulling an active trap in many areas will get you shot by an irate fisherman.


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Re: Crab Pots, friend or foe

I guess I'm fortunate in that I have a full-keel boat that does not snag lobster and crab pot float lines. I sail through them all the time at night, hear them rubbing along the hull and they all slide off the end of the rudder without snagging anything.

As for the placement of crab pots, they are placed along edges where crabs tend to migrate, mainly in shallow waters where the oxygen level is higher. In most of Chesapeake Bay, the water is biologically dead in depths of 20 feet or deeper during warmer weather. Nothing can survive below 20 feet - not even oysters because the water is devoid of life-giving oxygen.

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Sounds like you in the East have more troublesome crab pots than here in the NW. Ours are typically in 50-100 feet, and its only one pot/line. Also most people use sinking line. It's certainly possible to snag hem but it doesn't seem to be a big issue. I did wrap one around my rudder once but it was my own that I was pulling up so I cant blame others.

And crabs are delicious. I vote friend.
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There use to be some lobsta traps in the channel as you lined up for the draw bridge in Gloucester, MA which helped you align with the channel to go through the drawbridge so they could be friend. Yes some people who place them aren't real lobsta-men and don't place them responsibly.

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If you're lucky enough to snag a crab pot, you've got supper.
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If you're lucky enough to snag a crab pot, you've got supper.
Iím sure youíre kidding, but it reminds me of when I wanted to attend a real Chessy crab fest in the worst way. Pour them out by the dozens on the brown paper lined table and feast!

Then I did it. Iíve never seen anyone make a supper out of it. It seems more a cultural exercise, then you have dinner. I love the crab meat, but if I never pick another crab, itís fine by me.
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I've met some ladies that can pick a crab faster than you can peel a lemon,
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