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Old 02 August 2007, 05:10   #1
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Lost Lobster pot

I have lost my pot! Baited it and dropped it off on Tuesday when I was out with a pilot friend and to demostrate the wonders of GPS I marked the spot as a way point and even took 4 bearings on the compass . To demostrate to Tim my pilot freind how good our GPS was I suggested to him that we move about a mile away and then return with him helming and not looking out but using only the plotter and me keeping a visual watch . We went back to the position and no pot ! Checked our compass bearings which agree with plotter position . I did tie it on before chucking it over too ! Any ideas welcome .
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Old 02 August 2007, 05:15   #2
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no ideas on why you lost your pot so quickly, maybe the bouy came off? Anyway, just a quick question, is anybody allowed to put a pot in to try and get a lobster? or do you have to have a ticket?
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Drag for it with an anchor. It may be underwater from the tide run.

Was there enough weight in it to hold it still?

If so then it's probably either been hit or stolen by a pissed off fishing boat.
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Old 02 August 2007, 05:17   #4
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no ideas on why you lost your pot so quickly, maybe the bouy came off? Anyway, just a quick question, is anybody allowed to put a pot in to try and get a lobster? or do you have to have a ticket?
Yes anyone can do it but there's a limit to what you can take. Check local byelaws.
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I have lost my pot! Baited it and dropped it off on Tuesday when I was out with a pilot friend and to demostrate the wonders of GPS I marked the spot as a way point and even took 4 bearings on the compass . To demostrate to Tim my pilot freind how good our GPS was I suggested to him that we move about a mile away and then return with him helming and not looking out but using only the plotter and me keeping a visual watch . We went back to the position and no pot ! Checked our compass bearings which agree with plotter position . I did tie it on before chucking it over too ! Any ideas welcome .
Assuming you returned on the same day and none of the other explanations of too short rope, non floating rope and loose bouy etc, one possible is, and its one I have experienced myself, is that you placed it next to a deep hole, and it fell off the edge down the hole, I know my local inshore very well, lots of rocks all over the place, but at the entrance to a small cave there must be some deep pocket, too small to be marked on the chart, but I watched that pot go down and down! never to be seen again !
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1. First of all check for tieving French Yachty Ba$$tards as they are always robbing pots down here and I have had a pot go missing as well.

2. Drag as suggeted.

3. Try a dive on the spot.

4. Also how long was your line and what depth did you drop it in. Then what tide did you drop it on and what tide did you check it. The buoy could be underwater due to high tide.

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Yes anyone can do it but there's a limit to what you can take. Check local byelaws.
I believe it is a national limit of 2 per day unless you have ALL the licenses.

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I believe it is a national limit of 2 per day unless you have ALL the licenses.

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It's actually 2 per person per day as a general rule but there's some local exceptions with number of pots you can lay etc and there's also size limits.It's also illegal to take a female lobster.

The size limits and other restrictions are here
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Cool, i might give it a go. What pots are best without using the really big ones like on "deadliest catch" i was thinking about something like....

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/LOBSTER-Prawn-...QQcmdZViewItem
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Those traps are too small to get a lobster in that's big enough to eat. The entrance is only about 70mm across (I have one in my hand )

You need one of the 25ish ones to catch anything other than bait.
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