of course they got tangled with my gear. I had just pulled and reset my pots and was removing heads. I look up when a boat passes very close to mine to find he is setting his second string. I look over to see his first buoy is within 5 feet of mine. 5 feet or less. When his second buoy is finished drifting, it is within 20 feet of my same buoy. WTH is this guy doing?! I take a deep breath, and head over. I wish I wasn't so mad that I had thought to snap a photo of the 3 buoys.
Me: Your buoy's are a bit close to mine eh? Him: Our sounder is not working so we dropped them on an old GPS point. Me: What are you going to do? Him: We should pull our buoys. Me: You go ahead and pull yours and I'll get involved if need be.
Halfway through his pull he breaks something on his puller. So now I begin pulling mine. All is going well until all of a sudden my puller stops. I quickly kill the power to it, but due to the high winds, ripping tides, and the fact that something is hung up on the bottom, my davit bends. I have never gotten a pot hung up (knock on wood.) I noticed when I saw him deploy his second line he was going in circles - I don't think that's a good method. Meanwhile he has attached an anchor ring and buoy to his line and powers up, successfully breaking loose from the bottom. He pulls in by hand until he pulls on board his pot with my line wrapped in it. He untangles the gear, I pull up all my pots and anchor without problem, and he also pulls in his gear.
He asks me if I retrieved all my pots (I did), I ask him the same (he did.) I tell him my davit is bent, he says "yeah, that wasn't any fun." I don't reply, he goes away. I record the info from his remaining buoy. I held my tongue b/c I didn't want this guy "shooting my buoys." So my question to the forum is - Do I contact this guy and ask him to replace my davit? Second Q - should I straighten out my davit? I don't think so b/c I believe it will weaken it further if I straighten it. P8160024.jpg