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    Found this floating in Passage Canal. 10' long, cup end is 6" aluminum. Any idea??

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    Default It's a plunger

    A noise maker. Some commercial guys believe it's useful to scare the fish into their net. Never saw any difference in catch numbers between those who used them and those of us who didn't, but some guys will swear it makes a difference.

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    I have seen commercial fisherman use them. I suspect they use them to "coax" them into their nets. I have absolutely now idea what they are called.
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    I guess iofthetaiga and I were responding at the same time. Cool find.
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    Better to be found and taken out of the water. This would not look good wrapped around a prop. Actually looked like a piece of kelp when I spotted it.

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    they call it a plunger. I've seen them use it when they seine for herring or salmon.

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    I have seen them use them when they close up a purse seine. They do make a loud noise in the water.
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    It is called a plunger, deckhands on a salmon purse seiner use it to make a popping sound or "plunge" the water to keep the salmon from swimming out of the set.

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    Yup its a plunger used to make air bubbles on the end of a seine, some guys think that the fish won't swim through the bubbles and get out of the seine. I think its more to make the lazy crew do more work!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by potbuilder View Post
    Yup its a plunger used to make air bubbles on the end of a seine, some guys think that the fish won't swim through the bubbles and get out of the seine. I think its more to make the lazy crew do more work!!
    I used them on both the gilnetter and seiner I worked on. You'd be amazed at how well they work, on a calm day in Cook inlet I grabbed the plunger and did a quick pop near the end of the gillnet, and the thing exploded with sockeye, the fish were milling around the end of the net, but the loud pop in the water scared them in. I think it's more the noise of the pop than it is the bubbles that scares the fish.

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    Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, it's a rectal thermometer for whales..

    I'm curious what happened to the deckhand that lost the plunger. Probably made for a bad opener after that.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBoater View Post
    Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, it's a rectal thermometer for whales..
    And you know this how?
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    and whats the cupped end for? to put your ear up to and listen to them fart !

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