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    Thought I would pass along how I set up my shrimp pots last year. Been working well thus far and been catching a lot of shrimp. Re-thought weighting pots after losing my previous setup last year.

    Got the pots from Steve and after him repeatedly telling me to add a ton of weight, this is what I came up with. Was able to buy some thick rebar at Lowes that came cut exactly the size of the shrimp pots. Took some EPDM roof repair rubber and wrapped all the rebar in that to prevent boat damage - I have a fiberglass boat and was not crazy about rebar dinging everything. Zip tied 4 pieces of rebar on each pot and that has seemed to sink them quick and keep them in place. Had to zip tie on the outside so you could still collapse the pot. Only change I had to make is going with some heavy duty zip ties. Some of them initially broke when stacking pots.



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    How much additional weight did you add? I have the same pots and have been throwing 16-20 ounce halibut weights in mine.


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    • #3
      Thick rebar... I would guess about 10 lbs??? Not entirely sure though.


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      • #4
        Originally posted by Andy82Hoyt View Post
        How much additional weight did you add? I have the same pots and have been throwing 16-20 ounce halibut weights in mine.

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        How many? and i hope your not letting them just roll around.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by fatbacks View Post
          Thought I would pass along how I set up my shrimp pots last year. Been working well thus far and been catching a lot of shrimp. Re-thought weighting pots after losing my previous setup last year.

          Got the pots from Steve and after him repeatedly telling me to add a ton of weight, this is what I came up with. Was able to buy some thick rebar at Lowes that came cut exactly the size of the shrimp pots. Took some EPDM roof repair rubber and wrapped all the rebar in that to prevent boat damage - I have a fiberglass boat and was not crazy about rebar dinging everything. Zip tied 4 pieces of rebar on each pot and that has seemed to sink them quick and keep them in place. Had to zip tie on the outside so you could still collapse the pot. Only change I had to make is going with some heavy duty zip ties. Some of them initially broke when stacking pots.



          How are you getting the pots to fold flat with the rebar on the bottoms ??? I tell everyone to put the weights on the inside of the door flaps that way when folded for storage the pot will go flat.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by potbuilder View Post
            How many? and i hope your not letting them just roll around.
            I have to admit it, yes. Last season I clipped them to the pot, I guess I got lazy this year.


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            • #7
              One thing I learned is that zip ties never last long and they break at the worst time. I replaced all mine with 9/16" stainless hose clamps. No more rebar sliding out for me. Lowes has plenty of sizes to choose from too.
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              • #8
                i could clip them into the pots with some scrap wire if anyone wants to bring them by. Maybe i'll start adding some wire pieces for attachments ??
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                • #9
                  I run 2 5 pound lead bars (i used to make them) in each pot.
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                  • #10
                    I have the rebar clipped away from the outside edges. Initially had the rebar evenly spaced out the edge. If you offset them and slide them in a bit it folds down nicely. Put on the outside because the rebar I got was about 1/4" too long.
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                    • #11
                      I've got a 16 oz teardrop sinker mold and tie six of them to each of my ladner pots with gangion line. Seems to help them sink and hold bottom.
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                      • #12
                        Does anyone see a downside to just using a mushroom anchor on the end of the line?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by skydiver View Post
                          Does anyone see a downside to just using a mushroom anchor on the end of the line?
                          why haul,store and mess with something that can't catch you shrimp ???
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by skydiver View Post
                            Does anyone see a downside to just using a mushroom anchor on the end of the line?
                            I tried it once...and only once. The problem with putting all your weight in one spot/on the end of the string is that it causes the pots to end up on top of each other. Might as well only fish one pot in that case.

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                            • #15
                              I also use Steve's collapsible pots but only break them down for off season storage. I put two 3 lb. cod weights in each pot and attach them and my bait containers with little toggles . Seems to hold position OK.

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