A little embarassing, but maybe good for a chuckle or even a lesson.
In needed 800 feet of poly line for some new pots. The line came in 1,200-ft. spools, so that's what I bought. I measured off 800 feet from the spool and set it aside in the garage a few weeks ago.
Was getting ready for last weekend on the water and grabbed the 800 feet and loaded it on the boat.
Dropped 3 strings of pots in the usual place, 600 feet depth. First string had the new 800 feet of line. As I was heading over to the next spot to drop the next string, the person I was taking fishing said he couldn't see my buoy anymore. The water was a little rough, so I said that's probably the reason. I set out the rest of my pots and then headed back over to the first string I'd put out. Had some trouble finding it. The buoy was about half submerged and occasionally was going under. I grabbed the string to drag it over to a shallower area, trying to figure out what was going on. As I'm dragging my string, I look on my sonar and see the three pots I'm dragging. The bottom one is 200off the bottom. What I'd done was forget that when I measured off the line from the spool, I'd measured off the amount that left 800 feet on the spool and I was going to take the spool with me on the boat. Instead, I took with me the 400 feet that I'd meant to leave behind. Guess now I know that an A-1 will float 3 pots. I also know that you can't catch many shrimp at 250 feet, which was where I had to put the string for the weekend. I know there are people who steal pots, but this is one instance where I could have been one of those people who thought someone stole their pots when in reality I'd just screwed up.