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Old 12-12-2011, 05:27 PM
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Just don't Drop those rec traps in the mooring field like the jackass does near my boat. I love to take them for a sleigh ride and tangle them up.
That would be molestering fixed gear. Don't get caught at it by the EPs
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"molestering"?
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Just don't Drop those rec traps in the mooring field like the jackass does near my boat. I love to take them for a sleigh ride and tangle them up.
While I don't like to se a pot near my boat in the mooring field its perfectly legal. however I was advised by the harbormaster it was perfectly legal if I wanted to move someone's trap because it was too close to me.
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While I don't like to se a pot near my boat in the mooring field its perfectly legal. however I was advised by the harbormaster it was perfectly legal if I wanted to move someone's trap because it was too close to me.

This is not true, at least in MA waters. This is from the MA lobestering regulations:

Lobster - Definitions - Permits - Gears -
Prohibitions It is illegal for anyone, except the owner, to handle, destroy or molest any lobster or crab pot or other fishing gear, including any gear swept upon the shore, beaches or flats whether public or private, or to take fish therefrom.

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This is not true, at least in MA waters. This is from the MA lobestering regulations:

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Prohibitions It is illegal for anyone, except the owner, to handle, destroy or molest any lobster or crab pot or other fishing gear, including any gear swept upon the shore, beaches or flats whether public or private, or to take fish therefrom.
Along with that it could be dangerous to your health if the gears owner happens to come by
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Just don't Drop those rec traps in the mooring field like the jackass does near my boat. I love to take them for a sleigh ride and tangle them up.
Well I know plenty of ways I could " possibly resolve" that issue if someone were to mess with my gear that I place in the mooring field .......traps are relatively inexpensive while most boats are not You dont mess with other peoples stuff. Period. that would be the last sleigh ride THAT boat would be giving if I were to witness anything of the sort, I WOULD GUARANTEE THAT!!
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Along with that it could be dangerous to your health if the gears owner happens to come by
Exactly Codfisher
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:57 PM
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"molestering"?
Yes . molester. there is a law that prohibits the molestering of lobster pots: " To disturb, interfere with"

I see some have already found the law.

A lobster pot owner also can enter anothers property to retrieve thier gear.
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I still don't see the issue with them in a mooring field?
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When I swing over and my running gear gets wrapped up line. That's a problem. Evidently rec lobsterman are stupid and don't know boats swing in a mooring field. That's why I drag them away per the recommendation of the harbor master.
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I had one next to my boat for a month or so, close enough that I bumped into it during my swing, I never had any issues........

We use sinking line up here........
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36"'with 3 bricks will be ok if they have 2 parlors, the single parlors traps donít work very well at all. If you going to check them ones a week , don't waste your time, unless you put a lot of bait in your bags. Lobster will only stay if something for them to eat. I had the best catch using cod bodies and herring. I did it for 7 years and did the best when I would do it on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays. Saturdays always had best numbers with the shortest time. I would even bait Saturday morning and pull Saturday afternoon and do well, Saturday you can only fish till 1600 hrs. You might try that, just fish on Saturday. Good luck and have fun.
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Well I bought 5 traps, they are 32" and they are a single parlor style..... 2 hoops to get in and then they gotta go through some shrimp mesh to get to the other side of the trap.... I will post some pics tomorrow.

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if you want to try a few 4s to compare, I have a few out back that you can try, if U want . I was going to turn them into cash , by try to sell them on E-bay to that kind of folk that see art it new different way. How did the lake thing go? I guess once you been free out on the open water theirs no turning back.
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Thanks a lot- I may take you up on that this spring if you still have the 4 footers.

The lake was a great change of pace and I think we will alternate years as my wife really enjoyed it. It did get pretty boring out there though...
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Stupid question- why isn't the bait bag in the parlor area if thats where we want the lobsters to end up? The way it is now, a lobster can come half into the trap to get the meal and back out when finished?
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Stupid question- why isn't the bait bag in the parlor area if thats where we want the lobsters to end up? The way it is now, a lobster can come half into the trap to get the meal and back out when finished?
Hmm. Good question. I can't answer that. My traps are the same traps, with the bait bag hanger in the same place as well. They still seem to make their way to the parlor. Maybe it has to be in a more direct location for them to figure out how to get to it. If it's in the parlor, and they can get close to it from outside, but not where the hoop inlets are, maybe they won't make the connection? Just sit outside and stare at it. They can't be all that bright. Maybe two bait bags? I didn't see anything in the Maine lawbook about where or how much bait you can use.

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Well I bought 5 traps, they are 32" and they are a single parlor style..... 2 hoops to get in and then they gotta go through some shrimp mesh to get to the other side of the trap.... I will post some pics tomorrow.
Nice pics.....where do you get those traps? Rough cost? Rigging?

I am slowly losing hope that I can ever hoop net in MA...
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Nice pics.....where do you get those traps? Rough cost? Rigging?

I am slowly losing hope that I can ever hoop net in MA...
Craigslist, or similiar. New they are around $65 each. Used it varies. I got mine for $20 a trap, used rope and buoys included. Up here in Maine, you can always find used traps in 'unclehenrys' .com. It's not the easiest or cleanest hobby, but it sure makes boating on the ocean more fun. It's like an easter egg hunt every other day....imagine that.
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