I know you were joking but I sense also being somewhat serious.
Here are a few tips on how to deal with lobster pots.
ALWAYS try to pass to the down current
, down wind
or down tide side of the pot. Never pass above a lobster pot! They have an uncanny way of letting you know which way is up current
or tide and which way is down. Follow the stick!
This one is pointing or angled towards "down tide" so you'll pass to where the stick leans or points. This is about a 1.5 knot
current at the mouth of Penobscot Bay and well off Vinalhaven and Northhaven Islands. We were miles from the nearest land yet Pen Bay has HUGE amounts of water
to spill and the currents can run miles out to sea.. NEVER EVER intentionally pass a pot like this to the up tide or up current side!!!
Wear polarized sunglasses!!! My daughter had grabbed my Maui Jim's and got "snack goo" all over them. Rather than clean them I stupidly grabbed my "guest" pair of sunglasses, a non-polarized pair of Ray Ban's.
As you can see we almost hit this pot that was pulled under by the tidal current! My maneuver was late because I never saw it until the absolute last second. At that point I had no choice but to turn hard stbd and pass to the up-current side which as you can see could have been very dangerous. Again, WEAR POLARIZED SUNGLASSES! You will see these submerged pots well before you will with non-polarized glasses. My camera
had a polarizing filter so I snapped that as we passed.
just because it's calm does not mean the pots are not still telling you something. This "mystical draw" still exists even in flat glass conditions. Note the direction of the "sticks"...
#4 It may be calm but this pot has a decent current flowing by it. Just look at the "wake" made by the buoy..