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Old 24 November 2014, 04:00   #1
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Fishing Pots - Warning

For anyone on south coast who likes to visit Durlston area and see the sea birds there is a new fishing pot placed right in the area many of us like to cruise along at low knots and look at the cliffs and the sea birds.

Spotted it on saturday a large red fishing pot marker, gave it a wide berth (well I thought I had) of two boat lengths 15M and still managed to snag the line. I was in 7m of water and 15M away from pot marker and snagged the line, dont know how I managed to do this, luckily it didnt foul the prop and only caught on lower leg of outboard and I was only doing about 3 knots, im glad i glanced back and spotted the marker buoy moving.

Big brown trouser momemt as the tide was running toward the cliffs, I was on my own and I was only about 25 metres from cliff, switched engine off and raised outboard and cleared rope from lower leg, restarted and all was well.

I hate fishing pot markers and the places fisherman like to put them.

So anyone on south coast visiting durlston area (the cliffs between durlston castle and the light house) then beware, still cant figure out how I snagged the line as I gave it suitable clearence unless the line itself was somehow floating half a metre beneath the surface.

250kts beware if this fishing pot and marker buoy are still there for the start of your season as I know you visit this area a few hundred times a season.
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Old 24 November 2014, 04:37   #2
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Thanks for the warning, and I'm pleased you got away with no damage or dramas!

Most fishermen work out the correct length of line to use for the depth (+ a bit extra) so the marker stays above the pot with not much (if any) slack. However some leave deep water lines attached even when setting in shallow depths. As such the buoyant line tries to float to the surface, which isn't too bad when a tide runs as the line goes tight diagonally up to the pot. As the tide changes there's not so much pull and the line floats to the surface, trailing behind the marker. It sounds like this happened to you.
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Had a similar incident in swanage bay.

Heading just past the pevril point toward poole, passed a buoy that wAs a good 20m away. Doing about 30mph the nose of the nose boat suddenly dug in and I ground to a sudden holt!

Turned out the line was floating and it got tangled in the prop.

Luckily cut it free with no damage but it's not something I want to do again
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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.

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One year to the day I posted this and was out yesterday and ran over a fishing pot line at moderate speed, luckily I managed to pull kill cord in time and it just caught my lower outboard leg. The line was floating across the water and as I had given pot marker a wide berth I decided to investigate the line.

The pot marker was a 5litre plastic oil container, depth of water was 3.2M and in an area frequented by lots of power boats. I pulled the line and 35metres, yes 35Meters later it resisted my pulling as lead weight on the line. So that was about 31metres of line or rather rope floating on the water surface.

So in an area which depth only changes by about a couple of metres at maximum would a fisherman have 30+ meters of rope which can float attached to the weight.

I was rather miffed.
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I think I'd have been up 30m of rope.......
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I think I'd have been up 30m of rope.......
Yep I think I'd have cut it off far enough below the water for it to no longer be a hazard
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Fishing Pots - Warning

There's an article in this months RYA magazine regarding fishing gear. It's now a legal requirement that all fishing gear is clearly marked, this is supposed to be policed & enforced by ICFA, but it's an impossible task & a low priority. Like the others, I'd cut it. (After I'd pulled it up to see what was on the end)


.....sh1t happens.......
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Portland Bill is a real problem area!!
A proliferation of Pots close in (where it often pays to be to keep out of the Race) Coupled with the Spring Tides there...when it's ripping the Bouys are always submerged just under the surface!.. hard to spot...and a REAL Hazard to Power Boats.
NOT the place you want to loose Power!!
Just a case of proceeding with extreme care,if it's not too rough,it does pays to have someone in the Bow on lookout.
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There's an article in this months RYA magazine regarding fishing gear. It's now a legal requirement that all fishing gear is clearly marked, this is supposed to be policed & enforced by ICFA, but it's an impossible task & a low priority. Like the others, I'd cut it. (After I'd pulled it up to see what was on the end)


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No wonder the French always give you a Hard Time!!!
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