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Old 08 May 2014, 17:38   #11
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All the pots I've had were found washed up on deserted beaches on the west coast. Bit of repair work later and they're as good as new.

In my experience, lay them near rocks and kelp. Lobsters don't like to go walk about on the sandy bottom.

Bait wise, mackerel sliced open is the perfect chump. Key thing to do is bag it with a nylon mesh, the same stuff oranges come in.

Another tip is to fit an over-sized marker buoy or better still a pennant. Fine if your dropping them close to the coast, but small buoys are hard to spot in a rolling sea. Don't have lots of rope - you've probably cursed a fisherman if you've fouled your propeller before.

Added security, you can add a metal wire, bit like a cat-flap that only opens in, then bars the critters on the way out. Lost count of the free meals I gave to crabs before!

Don't go modern - stick with the older style.
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I have used some I found in Scotland to catch brown crabs, same as already said, they were washed up. And needed repairing. We found the best ones were with the soft doors, and either one door parlor pots, or just two side entry doors.

We also found the top entry pots work well.

Having said all that, we have not managed to get any lobsters, but have not set them in summer yet, mostly late in the year/winter.Click image for larger version

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The hard eye door pots don't work so well, and I think they are for langoustines.
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All the pots I've had were found washed up on deserted beaches on the west coast.
Yes could have been mine

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lay them near rocks and kelp. Lobsters don't like to go walk about on the sandy bottom.
Not quite correct .. but close

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Bait wise, mackerel sliced open is the perfect chump. Key thing to do is bag it with a nylon mesh, the same stuff oranges come in.
yes yes I know all this

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Lost count of the free meals I gave to crabs before!
thats why I'm asking

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Worst case, you can always try the Whitby angling forum...
Sea Fishing Forum - Shore, Boat & Kayak Fishing

...there'll be plenty of salty dogs on there that'll have an opinion.

Just don't have an opinion that conflicts with Glens, cause he bans you.

As for lobster pots, my mate uses the collapsible crayfish pots, (all legally tagged), off the local breakwater with good success. He just ties a length of nylon rope to them and lobs them in baited with mackerel heads, whilst he's Mackerel fishing in the summer. he's had quite a few kelp cod in them as well.
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What's worse - lobsters on your piano or crabs on your organ?
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Nah! he's no good at catching lobsters, only crabs
Nooo, he says he's got crabs, not that he can catch them.
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Salted bait for Lobster-fresh for Crabs. 10mm Polly rope, Soft-eye Pot entrance. Deepwater rock channels and headlands are best.
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All the pots I've had were found washed up on deserted beaches on the west coast. Bit of repair work later and they're as good as new.

In my experience, lay them near rocks and kelp. Lobsters don't like to go walk about on the sandy bottom.

Bait wise, mackerel sliced open is the perfect chump. Key thing to do is bag it with a nylon mesh, the same stuff oranges come in.

Another tip is to fit an over-sized marker buoy or better still a pennant. Fine if your dropping them close to the coast, but small buoys are hard to spot in a rolling sea. Don't have lots of rope - you've probably cursed a fisherman if you've fouled your propeller before.

Added security, you can add a metal wire, bit like a cat-flap that only opens in, then bars the critters on the way out. Lost count of the free meals I gave to crabs before!

Don't go modern - stick with the older style.
Along side wrecks is a good spot for lobbys. Biggest beast I ever had was a 14 pounder which was walking across the seabed as I descended to the wreck, I just dropped on it & bagged it. Fed us for 3 days, 1001 ways with lobster I think the dog even got a look in.

PS, Sorry Bigwuz, thread drift & I can tell you're getting tetchy
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Along side wrecks is a good spot for lobbys. Biggest beast I ever had was a 14 pounder which was walking across the seabed as I descended to the wreck, I just dropped on it & bagged it. Fed us for 3 days, 1001 ways with lobster I think the dog even got a look in.

PS, Sorry Bigwuz, thread drift & I can tell you're getting tetchy
Not really ... just .. I do know how to catch them .. its the best tech on the go I'm after as my pots are sooo old .. but there are some interesting points emerging, some of which I knew, and one person so far has struck one of the gold nuggets as far as placement is concerned

As to your big boy .. I have seen the fighting claw from a similar size caught by an old worthy in my bay, he got it from an area of sand bottom between some reefs.....he assisted me in learning the craft years ago... No one would really believe they exist at that size but they sure do ... thats one of the privileges of diving lucky you
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