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Old 08 July 2014, 03:17   #31
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easiest way of begining potting is to set them at high tide add 20 ft of riser and ad a weight at 15ft and make sure your pot to pot rope is longer than the depth [got this wrong once - never again ]
are your pots weighted already ? if your over sand shingle use a small anchor as well
and if your worried about loosing your marker just use a 10ltr barrel instead of a foot ball
you are doing it for enjoyment so enjoy it
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Old 08 July 2014, 08:36   #32
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easiest way of begining potting is to set them at high tide add 20 ft of riser and ad a weight at 15ft and make sure your pot to pot rope is longer than the depth [got this wrong once - never again ]
are your pots weighted already ? if your over sand shingle use a small anchor as well
and if your worried about loosing your marker just use a 10ltr barrel instead of a foot ball
you are doing it for enjoyment so enjoy it

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That is a good build on other comments . I have seen some 9" bouys at a reasonable price so think I might invest in a couple based on the cost of the pots . talking of which yes they are weighted f***king weighted !! Getting them up will be fine but out of water and into rib more interesting me thinks . Someone else mentioned pot to pot rope being deeper than depth so will do . I have two creel pots which are light so may put two of them in with one lobster pot .

One lunch and it will be all worth it . I will be up every morning checking them whilst the wife and two freeloaders sleep in .
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Old 08 July 2014, 10:58   #33
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Just be careful with the ropes when hauling/shooting pots on your own. More than a few professional fishermen have drowned by putting a foot in a coil at the wrong moment & been taken overboard by the pots. Nets too for that matter.
Suggest you also have a decent SHARP sheath knife about your person just in case. Divers knives leg mounted seem popular.
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Just be careful with the ropes when hauling/shooting pots on your own. More than a few professional fishermen have drowned by putting a foot in a coil at the wrong moment & been taken overboard by the pots. Nets too for that matter.
Suggest you also have a decent SHARP sheath knife about your person just in case. Divers knives leg mounted seem popular.
definatly a good point but if you drop one then drift drop no 2 then drift etc you shouldnt have much to worry about as the comercial guys are steaming off at 6 knots shooting 1/2 a mile of rope and 20 od pots each string but you can never be too cautious and always carry a divers knife when out alone
bait salted doggie - mackerel - gurnard left to go a bit pongy works a treat but fresh works well too
weight wise i usualy fit 2 big sash weights to each lengthways inside the pots but sounds like your already sorted
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Just be careful with the ropes when hauling/shooting pots on your own. More than a few professional fishermen have drowned by putting a foot in a coil at the wrong moment & been taken overboard by the pots. Nets too for that matter.
Suggest you also have a decent SHARP sheath knife about your person just in case. Divers knives leg mounted seem popular.

Thanks all good stuff . I carry a rope knife on the boat but it's no good at the bow end out of reach if the unthinkable happens .


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definatly a good point but if you drop one then drift drop no 2 then drift etc you shouldnt have much to worry about as the comercial guys are steaming off at 6 knots shooting 1/2 a mile of rope and 20 od pots each string but you can never be too cautious and always carry a divers knife when out alone
bait salted doggie - mackerel - gurnard left to go a bit pongy works a treat but fresh works well too
weight wise i usualy fit 2 big sash weights to each lengthways inside the pots but sounds like your already sorted


Yes it will be steady and slow !! What do you use to weight the rope down from the bouy at the fifteen foot mark ?


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I splice in a section of chain into the rope, 6 or 8 links usually does it, about 10ft from the bouy.
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I splice in a section of chain into the rope, 6 or 8 links usually does it, about 10ft from the bouy.

That's two useful bits of info next !!
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I will look up splicing . Although I have a feeling my wife might have done some in the past .


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Trust me, the less weight you have to haul up the better. You only want something to take the flotation out of the rope.

If you can't splice then just thread the rope through the links of chain and cable tie or fuse wire in place.
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The link rope between pots - the advice is length > depth of water. That is so you are only hauling 1 pot at a time.

But remember that your rope will float. so if you are in 20ft of water (20ft riser at high water) then when you troll/drift to where you are going to drop the next pot the rope will be at an angle. So lets assume you make that rope 30ft then using pythagoras 30x30 = 20x20 + distance from first x distance from first. So thats 22ft from the first. When settled on the bottom there will be 8ft of rope spare. if that takes a 4 shape you have two right angle triangles 11ftx11ft + depthxdepth = 15ft x 15ft. So at a water depth of 10ft the rope will be on the surface. If you are working on an engine / keel clearance of say 4ft then the rope may be floating at strike height when the water depth is 14ft... 14ft feels deep enough that other boats wouldn't be scared to be there...

I think I'd put a little weight in the link rope too.

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