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Why five?
Posted by B_M on Apr 10 2006
Why do you run five seperate lines?  And why lead lines?  My family used to commercial-fish for shrimp prior to the Exxon Valdez out in the sound, and our set-up is as follows:  We use floating line with 3-4 16oz sinkers spaced about 30 yards apart, starting at the buoy.  At about 600 ft. we have the first pot, and then there is a loop for pots every 30 feet.  Now that we can't run 15 pots on a line, we space the pots about 90 feet apart.  There is a loop for each pot that goes around a stick, which we place in the handle of a large garbage can.  The rope coils nicely right into the garbage can, so storage is easy.  There's no need to run 5 different lines.  If your pots are just spaced out a bit on the bottom you'll catch just as many shrimp (with less work) as if you ran seperate lines.  The shrimp don't move that far for a pot, so spacing them 30+ feet apart is plenty far.

Just my opinion, though it's based on a lot of experience.

-Brian

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