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Old 03 September 2012, 15:09   #51
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That's a bit pricey. Isn't there something cheaper out there?
yep, try buying the same thing from Askari

Smoking Oven at low prices in the Askari Fishing online tackle shop!

Mine came from there. Fabulous bit of kit, and can double up as an oven and a meths cooker if you really need it to.
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Old 03 September 2012, 16:48   #52
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Old 03 September 2012, 16:52   #53
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The Dog and Cat food always used to work very very well, but i've heard it's illegal to use, .
Good point about being legal, the old shiny tin of cat food with holes punched in worked a treat ,as the crabs could smell but not get the bait so it lasted days .
cant comment on other areas but it's not a bad idea to have a look at your local fisheries bylaws in some areas even if any shell fish is for your own consumption caught by pot net or even raked out by hand at low tide or scuba diving a licence/permit may be needed .
My area on the Yorkshire coast a free licence is needed as well as escape gaps on pots ,
you get 10 tags each year for marking your pots even if it's just for private/ hobby use and your not using a boat .penaltys are severe so best check with your local inshore fisheries authority you don't want a fine and your boat confiscating ,,same goes for filleting fish at sea before you land them ,, the fishery officer takes a dim view about size limits ,, as he cannot measure them ,, even the humble mackerall has minimum size limits .
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Old 03 September 2012, 16:58   #54
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I had 3 commercial style lobster pots. When I was given them (by a local fisherman for unsnagging a few of his pots) I made the mistake of rigging them together (with approx 15m of rope between each one) and a single rope to the surface. I had one hell of a job trying to lift them out as I had dropped them in about 25m of water therefore had to lift the weight of all three in one go. Since then I've learnt to rig them individually, I find a whole mackerel tied securely in the middle of the pot with thin rope works well - if the bait is too close to the edge the lobsters would be able to pull the bait out without entering the pot.

Beware lobsters have size limits - 87mm min length for the carpace - long piece of shell on top of the head, take none with black eggs on the belly or with a 'V' cut out of the tail (signalling a female previously caught while carrying eggs)

They are effective and good fun. Sadly some scum think lobster pots are a 'free for all' and will lift anything they can, but there are ways and means of preventing this :-)
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I found salting the bait helps, I use salted Mackerel, crabs wont devour it as its too salty so your bait lasts longer.

I have a palefull salting just now in the shed.
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It looks like they can do some damage to your bait:

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