Loads of pots around my usual ribbing grounds.
Usually they are ok and I manage to leave well alone.
However had one serious incident with 6 crew aboard
Luckily the knife got me out of it and engine started up again ok to get me home.
Fisherman generally leave the pots close to land and I steer clear.
Any left out in the channels however are fair game to my knife if I touch it!
Good way to sort the prob you have outlined.