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Old 02 October 2012, 03:33   #31
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They were also told that they should have had a flag pole on the top
In some harbour areas etc there may be a bylaw to this effect. Anywhere else it would certainly be good practice. We all know how annoying a rope round the prop is. On a sailing boat where you can't just tilt the drive leg up its even worse. Ideally you'd have some reflective tape on it too. If your rope does get struck expect it to get cut in which case you will loose the pot and the buoy. I use a flag from a children's trailer bike that i have improvised into a 'dan buoy'. It makes it much easier to spot the buoy when going to retrieve it too.

I've only ever caught crab (and a lot of star fish!), I was told crab prefer 'older' bait and lobster prefer 'fresh' - not tested to see if that is true.

If you do loose the pot for any reason (bad knot, cut rope, big storm etc) then the trap will continue to work attracting more and more species to eat each other. That's obviously not very good - so I believe they should be made so that part of the pot rots away if left continuously in the water for a few weeks.
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Old 02 October 2012, 04:11   #32
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However I do need to find suitable rope and a Buoy
Depending on how deep you want it to go I may have some suitable rope (about 50m) . I think its floating however .....
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If you do loose the pot for any reason (bad knot, cut rope, big storm etc) then the trap will continue to work attracting more and more species to eat each other. That's obviously not very good - so I believe they should be made so that part of the pot rots away if left continuously in the water for a few weeks.
Thanks for this advice Poly, I will secure the tube in the top of the pot with steel wire so if anything happens the trap part of the pot will rust away reasonably quickly

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Depending on how deep you want it to go I may have some suitable rope (about 50m) . I think its floating however .....
Sounds great Pete, I'll have a look for a buoy later today
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all you need to know for marking !

http://www.mnwfa.co.uk/wp-content/up.../fishgear1.pdf

I usually slip this in the course material if i am teaching lobstermen!

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However I do need to find suitable rope and a Buoy

No problem - you can have the lot that I cut off my prop!
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Thanks for the info it was really helpful.

I found a couple of buoys but it looks like the danbuoy may have to be a home made job....

I have removed all the excess rope and also repaired one corner, a bit of a bodge but I'm sure the lobsters won't mind

I think I will use mig wire to hold the tube in place
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Just checked rope - a quick 'guess' and its more like 22m . If it will work for you I'll chuck it in the car on Sat .

How deep do you put a lobster pot ?
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Crabs can be a problem, as they'll strip the bait so place it in a mesh draw-string bag.
Salt the bait, they won't touch it.

I have a pale of mackerel salting in the shed, I use the Brie of it for baiting mink traps and the salted fish for prawn creels.
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Just checked rope - a quick 'guess' and its more like 22m . If it will work for you I'll chuck it in the car on Sat .

How deep do you put a lobster pot ?
Is that floating rope Pete?

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