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help with lobster trawls/strings

post #1 of 19
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newbie to lobstering and need help with trawls..right now all my traps just have bridles becuase i was fishing singles but now im thinking of fishing some doubles and triples but dont really understand how you connect the buoy line to the ground line..or is it the same line? i heard theirs something called a becket? so if someone could explain to me the knots and logistics of a trawl i would really appreciate it because im really confused . also, at the ned of the season, how do you carry the trawls off the boat if they are all connected? do you undo the knots?

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post #3 of 19
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whats the connection between the first trap, the buoy line and the groundline?

thanks
post #4 of 19
Usually you splice right into the main line. And yes, at the end of the season, bring them up, untie, and stack, put your lines in a tote and mark them with ties or something if you have different lengths.
post #5 of 19
What kind of pot hauler are you using? What are you using to power your hauler? How many mates on your boat?
post #6 of 19
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What kind of pot hauler are you using? What are you using to power your hauler? How many mates on your boat?


electradyne hauler...just me no mate
post #7 of 19
Depending on where you are fishing. The benefit to fishing trawls is you might be able to grapplem them up if a barge, tug or sporty cuts you off. I've actually fished trawls blind (no bouys or sneak bouys) in some heavily traffic areas. No one ever knew their were pots there. We also didn't use any of that fancy bridle stuff, but instead tied to the corner of the pot where the funnel was if it was a side loader. The thinking being that anything entering the trap when it was hauled would be pushed in. You want to use one main line with sinkline under the bouy and float line from the trap. The leaders to the mainline were lighter maybe 5/16 or 1/4 and a different color so we could tell the difference if we had to cut a tangle. ( They do tangle). Sometmes a 10 pot trawl would come up in 50 feet of line.

Knots: the leader was tied to the mainline by making a loop in the main line then doing the rabbit out of the hole around the tree twice and back down the hole. When you tightened up there was less stuff swirling around in the tide.

End of the season cut the leaders from the mainline and let them stay with the pot. Coil the mainline as was stated into a fish box. What ever you do don't let the bug bite you . I spent a long time chasing those critters arond from LIS to off the shelf. Pull the traps in September and get back in school.
Pete
post #8 of 19
here's the knot i use to tie my snoods(dropper from pot to main line) you might want to check the regs for using floating rope between pots i know in many areas it sinking line only anymore.



























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Originally Posted by striperboy10

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whats the connection between the first trap, the buoy line and the groundline?







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they are called toggles and make disconnecting/changing pots quick and easy. I build and sell shrimp pots here in alaska and the toggles have gone over very well here.



















post #10 of 19
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what is the connection between the buoy line and the main line?
post #11 of 19
Make sure you leave enough bouy line for the high tides and the depths you are planning on dropping your gear or it will be gonzo.
post #12 of 19
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Make sure you leave enough bouy line for the high tides and the depths you are planning on dropping your gear or it will be gonzo.


haha thanks
post #13 of 19

whats the plastic peice that u use to atached the trap called

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what that plastic piece called   ^  ?

 

post #15 of 19
Its called a toggle. I know the Mainers use small floats on their buoylines(endlines) between the trap and main buoy and they also call them toggles. If i were you i'd just bridle my traps and tie in the snoods(droppers from mainline) to the loop on the bridle using a double sheet bend.
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