Craypots

 Does anyone know what these pots are like are they any good thinking of trying them for reds next year. 

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 Ive never crayfished but

Thu, 2019-10-31 10:11

 Ive never crayfished but hoping to this season, but i have noticed that on the aussie crayfishing show (cant think of the name) based in tassie they all seem to use a circular pot such as the one you have shown and they seem to do allright

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Bait baskets

Thu, 2019-10-31 10:56

Are there bait bskets in the pot ?

Also, is there an opening for removing crays (hopefully) and more importantly releasing wobbegongs that might get in

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 The center section unscrews

Thu, 2019-10-31 11:57

 The center section unscrews easiest pot to get the wobbe's out. They catch OK but take up a lot of room in the boat. Those bolts look like they will rust too. 

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Wobbies

Thu, 2019-10-31 13:10

 Best way to get wobbies out is to have shark hook on end of a piece of rope, hook wobby in nose and pull out same way he went in, head first in, head first out

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whoops

Thu, 2019-10-31 10:58

 Just looked again and I can see a bait basket  inside. 

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 Can't comment on the

Thu, 2019-10-31 20:18

 Can't comment on the plastic  ones but we tried  a cane bee hive last year for the white run and did  shithouse with it ,never again  by far the worst catching  pot we had in saying  that the reds might like them but the whites weren't to fond of it 

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many years ago

Fri, 2019-11-01 02:08

Almost all the pros used cane or stick bee hive pots, then over a very short period of time most changed over to the rectangular wooden pots we see today, I don't know the reason why. Could of been the saving of space on board boats or maintenance factors if some one can tell me why it would be interesting to know.

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 I reckon all of the above

Fri, 2019-11-01 18:39

 I reckon all of the above Mega, current design easy to maintain by changing slats out and easy to stack.

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Great for reds

Fri, 2019-11-01 08:54

IMO they would be good for reds, being round and no sharp edges they wouldn’t get wedge in the reef as much, closer to the reef the better, being plastic you’ll need a shit load of ballast but worth a crack.

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At a $150 a pop

Fri, 2019-11-01 19:10

You certainly wouldn't want them to become snagged on a reef or you would be looking for a diver no matter what depth they are in.

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No Good

Sat, 2019-11-02 10:18

surge from water needs to flow through the pot witch makes it stable on the reef .

This pot has too smaller gaps around it ,so the surge would move the pot around too much & the amount of weight you would need to keep it still would be to great.

Old beehive pots had bigger gaps between cane.
Crays come out on top of the reef to feed ,back when we could night dive for them (good old days )

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 Thanks guys I didn't bother

Sun, 2019-11-03 11:41

 Thanks guys I didn't bother looking at it. Probably abut awkward in a dinghy but I do use pro pits so I don't fit them in that easy either 

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Blast from the past!

Wed, 2019-11-06 14:02

 I used a few of these in the nineties for a while as a pro. They were pretty ordinary in the shallows where all of you blokes will be working. Were very good out in the deep water, especially over a multi-day pull. And they were brilliant up off Steep Point and up along the island,, in as shallow as 24 fathoms, the big crays up there seemed to love them. Deckies hated them because they stuffed the stack up, had to chuck them on top. 

Contrary to what a poster said above, I found they held a lot better than a round stick pot in a swell if you used them inside with an equivilant amount of ballast. No inherent buoyancy. But as I said, they didn't seem to catch as well inside as a batten pot. But a helluva lot better than those horrible little plastic pensioner pots, which are uselss in every respect except their ability to be unfolded and stacked inside each other for transport.

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 Thanks Ranmar ive never seen

Wed, 2019-11-06 16:27

 Thanks Ranmar ive never seen them before thought they were new the same guy is selling them on another site for 250 bucks not keen at all at that price. 

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We used to buy them through Activ Industries, IIRC

Thu, 2019-11-07 18:41

 They were never popular overall for pros. I did replace a few smashed segments in them--they were pretty tough but you could break bits when ripping them out of a snag. They did have that advantage of being repairable by replacing segments.

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 If I get that style of pot

Thu, 2019-11-07 18:56

 If I get that style of pot one day I will get a proper cane one but I want a steel bottom one. Not like I need more pots in the back yard though. 

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