I have a friend that called me this weekend about a hung up pot string. It is a set of Potbuilders gear with two pots on it. I first suggested that he let it go slack and try pulling it from different directions, and he had no luck. I went there myself and tried pulling it, and since he had tried all directions, I dried pulling it like a stuck anchor, and got all of the slack out of the line and got right over it, but it would not give. I cleated it to my front cleat and tried pulling it back backing away about as hard as I thought the rope would take, and it would not give.
My guess is that it is not a stuck pot because I would have broke the pot with the amount of force I put on it, but that the sinking line got wrapped around something on the bottom. The pots are set at 450' depth. Rather than breaking it off, I tried to wrap up the spare line near the top and left the gear in the water for the week. I am hoping the tides will work it loose without much extra line on the bottom.
Any suggestions on how to recover this gear, or techniques to get it free?