Well, last summer we lost all 5 of our Potbuilder pots in Passage Canal. So, I picked up some of that fancy no muss lead line and poly rope from Steve and the wife forced me to switch over to the round pots from Donalsons this time.
Well everyone knows the square pots take up space in the boat. The round ones sure stack up nice. But.... They are a pain to get set up before the drop. I had to add some heavy chain to one edge to keep them from kiting on the way down. They sure pull heavy too. I think it's the design of them and I even put the toggle on a 1/3 of the attached pot rope too to make them come up at sort of an angle. Once we get them in the boat, boy what a mess. They take up so much space when emptying out the shrimp. The square ones stack easily. Rebaiting the round ones is a pain too. Steves are so much easier to work when pulling and dropping.
Catch rates were about the same as our previous years with Steves pots. This weekend we did some test drops with BKmail who has Steves pots and we still came up with about the same numbers.
So, I like the smaller storage footprint of the round pots, but Steve's pot sure are more user friendly while on the boat. Regretting the round ones? Yeah somewhat, but I'll keep them until someone else decides they want these worse than I do like my last set.
Sure do like the white lead line Steve sells too. That stuff is great.