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Old 07 August 2017, 14:23   #1
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Lobster pots!!!

Is there a law or someone to contact about an abundance of lobster pots at our small launching area at our caravan site?? We have put up with this for years but as of late they seem to be multiplying, making leaving and returning especially after dark extremely difficult. I've not counted but guesstimate there are 30/40 in a small area.
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Are they in a harbour/port authority controlled area?
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No, just off the beach at the front of our caravan site, used to be able to ski and tow inflatables etc but would find it hard to navigate past them to deeper water
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No, just off the beach at the front of our caravan site, used to be able to ski and tow inflatables etc but would find it hard to navigate past them to deeper water


Well if nobody controls the water then I don't think you have any recourse. A big serrated knife is useful if your prop should become entangled. If that is something lots of people are having to do then usually the cost of the gear would motivate them to move or atleast better mark them. Assuming of course they are there because they want to catch lobster and not because someone doesn't like people skiing/towing there?
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Deffo lobster pots, dragged a few in caught on the engine, free dinner that night!! See the guy out every day collecting his catch, it is what it is then! Just a pain in the butt....
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Where is your camp site? We are always on the lookout for 'free' lobsters
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When next you see him just ask if he could leave you an area free from pots so you can get in and out if he doesn't accommodate you then the knife is your best friend pots are about 60 each
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If there are that many pots in a small are they wont be there long, itll be over fished in no time.
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Lobster pots!!!

Between Millisle and Ballywalter, and I will ask him if I see him, I always see him when I'm not geared up for heading out!! But I'm sure I'll get my chance soon.
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if he doesn't accommodate you then the knife is your best friend pots are about 60 each
Yeah - and new tubes cost 1k a meter. I strongly advise a live and let live approach out here in the wild wild west....
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Lol, I've no intention of messing with his gear, everybody has to make a living, it's just a little more awkward than it previously has been. I don't always launch from here anyway, it's just a nuisance when I do!
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Yeah - and new tubes cost 1k a meter. I strongly advise a live and let live approach out here in the wild wild west....
Me too!...

My gripe IS with unmarked or submerged Pots/Bouys...if you know they are there you can take extra care on approach...if it's that Bad,there's other places with PLENTY of room out there!
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Lol, I've no intention of messing with his gear, everybody has to make a living
Ironically, you don't have to, to be in trouble. I've caught three submerged lines this season and cut them all free. I will never mention this in port and REALLY hope I wasn't seen. The potters absolutely DO NOT appreciate the issue - they think we DELIBERATELY snag their gear to be difficult. That or we just twat about at stupid speeds in places where we should KNOW there are pots. In that regard, they may have a point. That said, some of the potting is just ridiculous - milk bottle markers in mid channel outside ports....
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I'll post a pic tomorrow, it's rocky where our site is with a reef barely submerged at low tide, so ideal for him to catch them! I'm sure it's not out of spite, he has been there for years so we all know to take it easy but he seems to have went nuclear this year!!!!
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Deffo lobster pots, dragged a few in caught on the engine, free dinner that night!! See the guy out every day collecting his catch, it is what it is then! Just a pain in the butt....


I'm not sure they are mutually exclusive.
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we just twat about at stupid speeds.... In that regard, they may have a point.:


They may have a point here.....but it doesn't help anyone, fishermen, wafis or us by unmarked lines being caught.

I'll always remember sailing back into the Teign against the tide in my Laser years ago when salmon netters laid their net by driving around me in their boat and then started hauling it in with me in the bight......they got quite annoyed when I sailed over the net dragging 2 of the shoremen into the water - not that I had anyo ther option .....although I could have risked being blown on to the lee shore by raising the daggger board more
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Yeah - and new tubes cost 1k a meter. I strongly advise a live and let live approach out here in the wild wild west....
i quite agree but it's very one sided with fisherman, strings of pots with no markers or very small ones with excess rope left floating for you to get caught up on, the sea is for everyone not just the few, plus how scruffy are they with shite just strewn about in harbours and on beaches. in this case it's not hard to leave a channel for the recreational users off the beach he will know the area is used.
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... the sea is for everyone not just the few...
Quite a few of them don't quite see it in those terms.
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.... plus how scruffy are they with shite just strewn about in harbours and on beaches. ....
But your "Hearts & Minds" campaign should win them over!

I operate in a relatively remote area where fishing is important in the community. I find it best to work with the locals, not against them. Incomers who comment (seen as complaining) about access, parking, litter, other water users, rogue potting, poaching, pollution, etc., will soon discover that the fruits of their civic mindedness are bitter indeed. If the locals are putting up with a "problem", best the incomer do the same - IMO.
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Everyone get caught at some time, our ferry manages to get pots and rope around the props a few times a year and that's a big ship, I have dived for several people over the years to cut line from the props and rudders, even fishermen ��
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Me too!...

My gripe IS with unmarked or submerged Pots/Bouys...if you know they are there you can take extra care on approach...if it's that Bad,there's other places with PLENTY of room out there!
This is so true. I have come across black barrels this season. Almost impossible to see until you are on top of them.
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