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Overhauling Dungeness Crab Pots

Here are a few pictures from the past week. George and the crew (Bryan, Brett, and Brandon) spent the days overhauling their crab pots. Specifically, they overhauled 470 pots and rigged 30 new pots for a total of 500.

Eva, Vincent and I waited until the rain and wind stopped, and then we went down for a visit. They had fun jumping in puddles and playing with sticks, and I mentioned to them that their mommy and aunties used to have a lot of fun down there, too, filling net needles and swinging on buoys at the same locker in the early 80s.

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Dungeness Crab Gear Work: Splicing Lines and Rigging Pots

After buoy painting, George and the crew move into splicing lines and rigging crab pots.

For readers unfamiliar with the term “splicing,” it involves taking apart the end of a line (rope) and weaving the strands of the end back into itself to create an “eye.”

Here is a picture of the crew splicing lines (and eating snacks while watching movies) at our house:


(Like the creative use of an extra changing table? John used it to assist in “cutting cottons.”)


The crew has also started overhauling and rigging the pots. They’ll go over and through each of the 500 crab pots, checking for holes, making repairs, putting on the new zincs, and getting them ready to load onto the boat.

Here are a handful of pictures of George and the crew (Bryan, Brett, and John) overhauling pots: