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Old 07 June 2015, 04:44   #1
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Lobster Pots, Crab Lines and 'shore fishing' without a rod

Its been a while since we've had a lobster pot thread...

Off to Loch Poolteil on Skye next month. No boat going with me :-( and no opportunity to rent on there I don't think either.

Will have the 'wee man' with me - starts School in summer.

Planning to grab a couple if crab lines as I'm sure we can dangle some string with bacon / bread on it off the peir. But wondering what else I can do...

- I don't rod and line fish. A bad experience on the end of a fly put paid to that at about age 13. (That and never catching owt!!!)

- see lots of collapsing 'lobby' pots on the fleabay for stupidly cheap money... ...is it possible to set one from shore? Is there any point? Would expect to eat my harvest...
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If you found a rocky stretch it might be worth chucking one in somewhere, even the base of concrete sea defenses like in a harbour is worth trying with a small pot.

If you don't want the hassles of a Rod (which I recommend) then I would try a crab line with a fishing trace on the bottom. Just a baited paternoster or with a running weight and ledger set-up on. Bait would be mackerel, squid or some rag worm. You could catch anything from the smallest Wrasse to an all out fighting Bass on that setup. Preferred hunting ground would be a pier or a Harbour environment. Somewhere with a good depth of water.
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Chuck pots in randomly around here and they'll get pulled by the 'commercial' fishermen. Not the 1000 pot big boys, but the piss pots (day boats) working close to shore.
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I meant to type wouldn't expect to eat my harvest.. Stupid phone..
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If you found a rocky stretch it might be worth chucking one in somewhere, even the base of concrete sea defenses like in a harbour is worth trying with a small pot.
Plenty rocks that's no issue. What about drying... Presumably it shouldn't dry?

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Complete novice. Is that 2m, 10m or 100m?
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Chuck pots in randomly around here and they'll get pulled by the 'commercial' fishermen. Not the 1000 pot big boys, but the piss pots (day boats) working close to shore.
Aware of that risk. We are talking 5 on fleabay. So if does a 'whisper' I won't be devastated.

The particular loch is quiet. There may be some potting boats. If there are I wouldn't be opposed to going having a chat to them (may want to buy direct!) And explaining its some fun for the wee man and anything caught is going back. Expect if placed from shore its a pain to get to by boat ;-)
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We had loads of fun with one of those ebay pots when our kids were small & caught loads of stuff in pretty shadow water, crabs lobsters fish & even a conger eel.
I'd imagine if you set your pot at low tide in a rocky area in wading depth without a marker buoy then you'd be pretty safe then go back at the next low tide & see what you have.
They are very light so need some stones etc to weight them down
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Congor Eel eek... Suddenly the flying fishing sounds safer...
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Low tide is of course in the middle of the night the week I'm there...
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Aware of that risk. We are talking 5 on fleabay. So if does a 'whisper' I won't be devastated.

The particular loch is quiet. There may be some potting boats. If there are I wouldn't be opposed to going having a chat to them (may want to buy direct!) And explaining its some fun for the wee man and anything caught is going back. Expect if placed from shore its a pain to get to by boat ;-)
You're gonna put crabs and lobbys back?! Get 'em in the pot man.

When I say 'pull', the local fishermen around here may relieve you of your catch, not your pots.
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I would say an area that doesn't dry and maybe 2m of water at low tide. If you tie off your pots using natural coloured rope I would say you'd need a keen eye to spot it and should go unnoticed until retrieval. Pick an area you can just lower down the side otherwise you might get snagged by an underwater rock or two.
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