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    Default Pulling Pots By Hand

    I was out a few weeks ago, with three strings out in the 450-600ft range, two with one pot and one string with two. Wouldn't you know it, my puller crapped out when 50' into the first string. I started pulling them manually, and after a bit I decided that using my mind would be more productive than my muscle, which clearly was going to be whipped by the third string.

    My first attempt was to use a buoy with an short line and an anchor pulling ring, which I had from my last boat. I did not want to pull hard since I did not want to strip the pots off, so I pulled at idle, which did not work really well. I did notice that when I put the boat in gear and idled away from the pots the kited up, so I did this for a bit with the pot line cleated off, and them kicked it into reverse and retrieved the line quickly and without effort. All it took was three cycles of this and I had the string up. I repeated it on the other two strings, and it worked well, with no lost gear. This may even be a reasonable approach for people not wanting to spring for a puller, but definitely pull towards deep water.

    The other lesson learned was that when I got back it was clear that there was corrosion in the motor. After some calls, I ended up at Auto Electric on Post road, hoping they could fix it. The guy came out with a exact replacement for around $200 (it is a Safe-T-Puller) but there is hope if you have a pot puller failure in Anchorage.
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    Used to long line for halibut by hand. 4 to 6 skates of gear. A skate is 1800 feet. Reminded me of pulling haywire out logging back in the day.
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    After 10 years our puller failed 50' into the first string on the shrimp opener, pulled both strings by hand that morning, it sucked.
    Good to know a local shop can help us out.
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    Clip a bucket to your anchor pulling ring and it will produce more drag as you idle away.
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    I used to use the bouy to lift my pots, but instead of the ring, I used the plastic sleeve with the bolt through it so the line will only slide through in one direction. As mentioned earlier, you need a good deal of drag on the bouy, so we tied on a bucket. Worked great!

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    It's slow and loud, but I have had to use my windless before.

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