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    I was wondering which style works better? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    Square pots from Steve the Potbuilder. Best ever made.
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    • #3
      Actually 1" net round pots will out fish anything. Not belittling Steve's because I fish his too. But pots that are not rigid, net, have smaller openings that keep more shrimp inside. Smaller opening, mean more shrimp plain and simple. I have been at this for 12 years now and see it every shrimp season when pulling my buddies net pots with him.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Daveinthebush View Post
        Actually 1" net round pots will out fish anything. Not belittling Steve's because I fish his too. But pots that are not rigid, net, have smaller openings that keep more shrimp inside. Smaller opening, mean more shrimp plain and simple. I have been at this for 12 years now and see it every shrimp season when pulling my buddies net pots with him.
        I'm not going to get into a round vs square debate but here is my opinion on round pots. Net pots hold more smaller shrimp because most of the netting is pulled/distorted into a diamond shape holding the tinyier shrimp, not very good for the resource in my opinion. Remember a 7/8" round dowel has to fall through the mesh by its own weight according to the regs. Round pegs don't usually fit well into diamond shaped holes ??? Nylon webbing/netting also shrinks up to 10% after it has been wet & dried a few times. I know this because when hanging gillnets i always used wet hanging twine to make the knots tighter and it shrunk tight on the needle in minutes after soaking in water.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by potbuilder View Post
          I'm not going to get into a round vs square debate but here is my opinion on round pots. Net pots hold more smaller shrimp because most of the netting is pulled/distorted into a diamond shape holding the tinyier shrimp, not very good for the resource in my opinion. Remember a 7/8" round dowel has to fall through the mesh by its own weight according to the regs. Round pegs don't usually fit well into diamond shaped holes ??? Nylon webbing/netting also shrinks up to 10% after it has been wet & dried a few times. I know this because when hanging gillnets i always used wet hanging twine to make the knots tighter and it shrunk tight on the needle in minutes after soaking in water.
          True but on a rigid pot, only 2 adjacent sides need to meet the requirement. The top, bottom and other sides can be anything.

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            Originally posted by Rob B View Post
            Square pots from Steve the Potbuilder. Best ever made.
            Ditto! Love them. They catch shrimp and are durable.
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              These rarely escape from any pot. I like Steve's pots, but use both types. At any one set, one will do better than the other. I think it is good for the fishery to leave most the small shrimp. Now how do we design a pot that leaves the shrimp with eggs?

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              • #8
                I would not worry about shrimp with eggs. You are not even denting the population down there. Save the eggs, and when you get an octopus, sauté the octopus in butter with the eggs. Delicious.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by yanert View Post
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                  These rarely escape from any pot. I like Steve's pots, but use both types. At any one set, one will do better than the other. I think it is good for the fishery to leave most the small shrimp. Now how do we design a pot that leaves the shrimp with eggs?
                  Knock a month off the end season and add vents to the pots to let the smaller bugs out easier. Showed this to F&G and they didn't have a clue what it was used for, after i explained how it works the guy said "it won't work as long as there is bait in the pot" but 1 minute before that he didn't know anything or had even heard about a vent ??
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                  they are putting 4 vents in lobster traps to let out all the shorts and only keep legal sized lobster, better for the fishery and less work for the guys on deck.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Daveinthebush View Post
                    True but on a rigid pot, only 2 adjacent sides need to meet the requirement. The top, bottom and other sides can be anything.
                    and there lies the problem ? Guess i should start building pots with just enough 1x1 to meet the regs then build the rest out of 1/2x1 wire to hold more small shrimp to end the fishery for all of us sooner.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Daveinthebush View Post
                      I would not worry about shrimp with eggs. You are not even denting the population down there. Save the eggs, and when you get an octopus, sauté the octopus in butter with the eggs. Delicious.
                      Yeah 3000 rec permits issued every year and all the gear in the water will never hurt a thing. Maybe extend the season so we can catch up all those eggers later in the season ?? The shrimp fishery is such a great bonus to the sound fisheries it would be a crime to let it get overfished, where else in the world can anybody catch a unlimited amount of such beautiful shrimp to eat ?? I my opinion there is alreay enough greed and abuse of the fishery and its going downhill every year.
                      Now back to the round vs square debate !!
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                      • #12
                        Here I will confuse it even more, I have two sizes of round pots. Some came with the boat and the others I got as a fathers day present. My wife is of the opinion that the larger round pots do better than the smaller ones.

                        Another question is which pot in a string fishes better. I think the middle pot on a three pot string fishes better than the second pot on a two pot string. The first pot (closest to bouy) never fishes as good as the second or third.
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                        • #13
                          I just toss the ones with eggs back.
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                          • #14
                            you are SPOT on Steve - pun intended and I gave you good juju *'s.


                            Originally posted by potbuilder View Post
                            Yeah 3000 rec permits issued every year and all the gear in the water will never hurt a thing. Maybe extend the season so we can catch up all those eggers later in the season ?? The shrimp fishery is such a great bonus to the sound fisheries it would be a crime to let it get overfished, where else in the world can anybody catch a unlimited amount of such beautiful shrimp to eat ?? I my opinion there is alreay enough greed and abuse of the fishery and its going downhill every year.
                            Now back to the round vs square debate !!

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                            • #15
                              You have too short of rope up to your bouy and you are floating your first pot - or too short of distance between pots.

                              Originally posted by JR2 View Post
                              Here I will confuse it even more, I have two sizes of round pots. Some came with the boat and the others I got as a fathers day present. My wife is of the opinion that the larger round pots do better than the smaller ones.

                              Another question is which pot in a string fishes better. I think the middle pot on a three pot string fishes better than the second pot on a two pot string. The first pot (closest to bouy) never fishes as good as the second or third.

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