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I have had three catches in Charleston harbor in past two years. :-)
That's interesting. I ran an 80' three-masted schooner in Charleston Harbor for three seasons, doing 3 to 4 two hour trips a day, 7 days a week, and never once caught a trap line in the prop or on the rudder/keel.
With up to 49 passengers and 3 crew on deck, keeping a sharp lookout wasn't even remotely possible. Altering course radically to avoid a trap was even less possible unless I wanted to decapitate a number of passengers each day.

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So todaiy we left Maine. After weeks of lobster pots dodging I don’t want to ever read you whinny Chesapeake people complain about the few and far between crab pots again!
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So todai left a Maine. After weeks of lobster pots I don’t want to even read you whinny Chesapeake people complain about the few and far between crab pots r
So why do you ?

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The main reason there is a lack of crab pots in Chesapeake Bay is there is a lack of crabs - it ain't rocket science.

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So todai left a Maine. After weeks of lobster pots I don’t want to even read you whinny Chesapeake people complain about the few and far between crab pots r

So we can assume you will avoid stopping here on the Chessie and go straight back where you came from ......the “Red Tide” State right?


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Re: Crab Pots, friend or foe

Sorry, I haven't been following this thread, so I'm coming in late,.

A few weeks ago we were in Maine and took the ferry from Port Clyde to Monhegan Island. There were thousands of lobstah traps, spaced so closely they were seemingly spaced narrower than the boat's beam. The captain just went straight through. I went forward to introduce myself and get to know him a little, and asked him about the traps. He said his props (twin screws) had cages around them so he could drive straight through without snagging them.

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Absolutely loved cruising Maine, as my thread on the subject described. However, the pots do get old. If anything feels good about leaving, it’s the ability to take your eyes away from the bow for a few seconds. The practical issue with lobster pot density, is how difficult it is to remain close hauled or on any particular tack. You also find yourself traveling much slower than the wind, or especially your motor, will allow. Coastal hopping takes longer than one may expect.

Still, it is all worth it. Love Maine. (Every few years.....)


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So we can assume you will avoid stopping here on the Chessie and go straight back where you came from ......the “Red Tide” State right?
Actually I’m “from” Massachusetts far as boating goes. I don’t have plans to either stop in or avoid the Chessie. That red tide problem will clear up by time I get down there.

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Fishpots in the Eastern Caribbean are often marked with clear coke bottles, really hard to see especially in the rain.

Generally set on the 100 ft line but can be found anywhere up to 200 ft.
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At anchor in the little anchorage in Gloucester Ma. You know what's missing from this anchorage, ........................ lobster pots!!!! And the lobster boats went out this morning and you know what they failed to do, .............................drive right through the anchorage at speed making wakes!

There's 2 things you will never experience in Maine.

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