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Old 01 October 2012, 12:39   #1
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The Lobster Pot!

After winning an ebay auction we are now the proud owner of a lobster pot!

It was won by me and delivered by the owner's daughter to PeteM's work near Poole, Pete then drove it to Hightower's house near Fareham while we were out fishing I did forget to tell Mrs Hightower it would be arriving

So it's now back here in Sunny Swindon waiting for its first outing this weekend on AJ's stag night

Does anyone have any tips for us?
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Old 01 October 2012, 13:06   #2
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Does anyone have any tips for us?
Yes, put a decent size buff on it, not a black plastic 5l can like most of the fishernobbers round your way use!

Random fact of the day: "fishernobbers" in predictive text comes out as fisher inbred

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Old 01 October 2012, 13:08   #3
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Make sure you have decent floating rope - c double the depth of water you are fishing in. For lobster you want to be in near rocks / kelp and prob best to go right in close to the rocks so not in the way of commercial guys. For crab you go for sandy bottom. We use mackerel for bait, but any fish will do you fine - couple of cuts thru it then stick it in the draw string / bait bag and leave it for 24-48 hours. I would drop the pots at low tide in calm conditions so you can see whats below you and then just make sure you have enough rope on it.
Good luck - nothing more fun than catching your own lobsters.
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I would suggest lead weighted rope to avoid prop snag especially at slack water, and Gurnard bait is a Losters favourite pot nibble.
Happy potting
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Great idea/thread, please keep us posted as to how you get on with it.

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mackeral tends to attract crab more than lobster, best baits are dabs or gurnard for lobster
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This is fascinating. Over here, pots are set by "owners" in stretches that they have controlled for generations. Set your's at your own risk!

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If it has wood slats on the bottom it may need a bit extra weight if its dried out or might need a good soaking for a few days , it's not a bad idea to give it a shake when you put it down gets all the air bubbles that may form on the netting .

Fasten the rope to the narrow end that way when you drop it in it will penetrate thick kelp and get to the sea bed than sit on top of the weed also helps with recovery ,

If its top entry only ,, may be better if its left down overnight ,

Put a weight on the rope about 2 metres or so down from the bouy,, stops getting it caught in others props if it gets run over ,

Make sure you leave plenty of slack on the rope to allow for the tide rise its set at low water also if wave swell build up stops the bouy from walking the pot ,
and if you think it's getting robbed by someone else before you pull it ,,I have a trick for that but it's not for here . Lol

Each area has different rules & bylaws up here on the North east coast of Yorkshire we need a permit & tags on gear with regulated escape gaps on pots even if your not commercial & its for your own private use & consumption ,you need the permit if you're using pots ,nets diving or just raking crabs ,lobsters ,whelks out at low tide by hand .
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This is fascinating. Over here, pots are set by "owners" in stretches that they have controlled for generations. Set your's at your own risk!

Kind of like drug dealers with a patch...
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Kind of like drug dealers with a patch...
Exactly. But it acted as a kind of control too - families fish their stretch so have an incentive to return berried females, undersized nippers etc. Not sure how it would work in a free for all. BTW, taking crustaceans while on SCUBA is totally banned here...
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