Cray rope rules

Pretty simple and great idea. Look at picture . Small float in case someone cuts you of.( very unlikely). 3 big links of of chain. Extend rope by 5 meters . Another words add 5 meters to main rope , to pot line.if you get cut off. Good chance in getting pot back.chain slides off little float pops up.anyway just an idea for new potters. Makes boating safer done it for years. Great rule by fisheries in my books

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good idea

Mon, 2018-11-26 20:01

i`ve started using sinkers this year for the first time and i am even doing so  for shallow water now,  does the chain sliding on the rope cause any wear on the rope

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Good setup - thanks

Mon, 2018-11-26 20:13

Certainly far better than what I'm using.



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Just trying to help

Mon, 2018-11-26 20:33

Really simple and easy. Don't splice leads or weights in line otherwise there gone.(unless you dive) your fu&@ed. slide of weights small float. Excellent chance in getting pot back. If bow hits unexpectedl pot pushes to side. Brilliant idea. Very hard for prop or cutters to hit. I personally don't agree with most rules . This one I do. Top stuff to fisheries ( safety wise). Just remember slide of leads ( weights) with very small weight. Good luck guys:)

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Just read 2 nd post

Mon, 2018-11-26 21:26

Doesn't make much sense. First one covers it :):). Don't listen to anyone who uses smiley faces. Good luck guys .2 days to go .over getting wet.

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Tue, 2018-11-27 06:58

 How's everyone dealing with these weights when they're winching?

Wondering what the best method is, take rope off the winch and heave it past the weight then back on the winch?

I'm not a fan of this rule, just means increased risk for me as a decky with a weight coming launching at me.


Interested to see how others are handling it though?

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Shark clip

Tue, 2018-11-27 15:47

 Can use a large shark clip to attach sinker or weight to your rope, then just unclip as it comes over the side to avoid any issues with the winch.

Great idea with the float by the way Johnny. 

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Some people just can't help being bastards

Fri, 2018-12-14 18:04

Ive got a couple of pots out the back of the f/f and have been getting a couple of crays every second day or so.

For the last 3 puls that's 6 days now I have to navigate through a persons ropes that must cover close to 50 metres floating on the surface. First time I came across these ropes I thought ok, the excess rope must have come adrift from the means he has used to secure the excess rope, depth of water is only 11 12 metres and that can happen so I gave it no more thought.
Second time I come across these 2 pots there is this mass of rope floating on the surface again prohibiting anyone from getting any closer than about 50 metres closer to his pots hummm I think now after a couple of days the owner of these pots must have checked them by now and noticed this great length of rope on the surface and what a hindrance to other potters this is, surly he knows that he has to do something about the excess rope he has swinging from his floats, even if it isn't against the fishing regs common decency would make you do something about it and added to the risk of getting your pots cut off you wouldn't do it.

Today same thing, the penny has finial dropped this potter doesn't give a rats about other people he has all this rope out to keep people from dropping pots any closer than 50 metres or so to him so that his are the only pots that are present at this particular stretch of the reef.
Should you drop your pots within the arc of his rope you more than likely are going to have a tangle of his rope and yours.
You just wouldn't do it, by having this roped off "no go" zone he is excluding this area for his exclusive use only.
Now no one likes if someone drops their pots right on top of yours but I have never seen potters drop pots that close to others that it becomes dangerous or creates a problem for space.
In my view this person is just being an arrogant bastard.
Rant over, ohh and he doesn't affect me it just gives me the business seeing this sort of behaviour.

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Seen a few pots with

Fri, 2018-12-14 19:28

Fisheries tags on them( long ropes, 3 floats ect). Guy would cry like hell if they get cut off. Bet his old ( bad joke). Just report it , guy will only get cautioned. I personally hate reporting anything. But with swells on increase and winds could become safety issue with other boaters like yourself.