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Old 21 July 2004, 14:17   #11
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What ever you do, don't mix lobsters and edible crabs in the same bag when they are are alive or world war three will break out.
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Agreed. Should have seen what was left of a 2lb lobster left with a 5lb crab . Good way to get a lobster out of the hole though. Chuck in an edible and wait for the lobster to come running to you
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Hi Tim,

Couple of tips/hints.

I doubt that the distance offshore matters, look for a rocky area, drop-off or wreck on your sounder and drop your pot nearby.

Please, please put any berried (females carrying eggs) crabs or lobsters back and respect any local size limits/fishery byelaws. If you are in Norfolk then I think that you are in the Eastern Sea Fisheries Committee area, see:

http://www.esfjc.co.uk/Byelaws.htm

Buoy your pot, or use a good transect and a grappling hook (better for a line of pots though).

I think that fresh fish works better in some instances, but the advantage of a smelly tin of dog/cat food is that once a lobster is in the trap it cannot eat the bait, therefore the trap keeps on fishing. Fresh fish means it will eat it and they'll stop a coming!

Good luck and (hopefully) good eatin!

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Old 21 July 2004, 19:17   #13
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Thanks everyone. I'm off to invest in a pot, bouy and flag!

Is it best to use rope or chain?
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Tim,

If you'r just buying the one pot go for a parlour, like a pot within a pot as you can leave these for 2 - 3 days without losing any lobbies! More expensive though but not so important if you're only buying one. Ones with fully barred bases are good as they'll stay put in strong current, I lost 2 creels last year in spring tides. Protection for the mesh is essential on a rocky bottom, some are bound with strips od rubber from old tires otherwise bind with cheap 12mm polyprop.

Lobsters like cover as people above have said but they also like an area with reasonably strong currents as they lie in wait for food rather than actively hunting, they also cannot tolerate fresh water.

A word of warning about bait - there's an issue with using meat etc. as bait, it should only be fish. Any food that has not come from the sea may have bacteria present that lobsters and crabs are not adapted to, and this can result in food poisoning when you eat them. I guess that this is more (only?) likely to be a problem if you store them in a keep pot.
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Lobster pots

Use rope with a weight on it to keep the excess rope under water at low tide
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The local fishermen to me have been known in the past to cut lobster pots they are unfamiliar with loose or in some cases steal the contents and the pot, i have a friend who used to fish lobsters and crab in the past but has given up as he kept loosing his pots, he explained that the local guys think because they rely on the fishing and lobstering for there living that your poaching on there area and fish !!! whether this is right or wrong is undecided, his suggestion was to drop the baited pot and mark it with a GPS waypoint, then come back 24 hours later and dive on the pot and check the contents or replace any dislodged bait, if its a rocky area either place the pot or attach a 3 metre line with a brightly coloured float on it to act as a location marker.
One other suggestion if your not a diver or know a friendly diver is to make the rope just long enough so the float is on the surface at low tide, this limits the times you can pick it up but means you halve the chances of someone either stealing your catch or cutting your line.
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Old 22 July 2004, 13:59   #17
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Have a look here. There were some new ones from Portland that keep popping up. 36 buy it now price but they're not there at the moment
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I was going to buy my gear from gaelforce.net - they cater for fishermen too so they might be good!
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Re: Dog/ cat food tins
I seem to recall reading somewhere that is was illegal/ naughty to use tinned cat/dog food. I maybe wrong but worth checking local fishery rules.
Nothing worse than having boat confiscated for a crab!
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Backing up the points made by Bilge Rat, if you are going to put some pots out expect the local fishermen to be hostile at best. As a diver I have seen and heard how low these peoples opinions can be of people who casually take a few for the pot. Make sure you know the byelaws because you can guarantee you will be being watched. I've never witnessed it myself but have also heard tales of fishermen damaging boats / trailers of people they think are depriving them of their livelihood.
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