Time for a Pot Puller

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  • Aug 18, 2009
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    Sedro Woolley, Washington
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    Chad Lukehart
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    Alumacraft Navigator Sport 185, ETEC 150, Duckworth Offshore 26
    Wife is pretty much giving the green light for a puller so we can take advantage of some shrimping. I have Scotty Downriggers and have them mounted to a traxstech rail system, so I would like to get one that can be added to a scotty mount so it can be removed when not in use, and also plug into the already ran new style plugs. What are the recommendations, cost and best place to buy? I will also be buying pots and line, buoys ect. so if you throw options for those as well it will be much appreciated.
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    Chad
     
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    Kurt Kettel
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    18' Tiderunner
    https://www.mckayshrimpandcrabgear.com/

    Not sure how the Scotty set up works. I bought my gear from McKays..Honda gas puller & davit. I had the davit holder made by a steel fabrication company. It has worked perfectly for 10 years strong. Honda motor starts first pull every year (when I remember to drain the gas!--easy to fix when I don't). Regarding pots...the bigger the pile of s...t, the more flys come..make sure you can load a lot of bait into your pots!
     
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    hawksfan75

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    Eric
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    Whichever I am invited onto
    Have pot puller, will shrimp. I just went with the Scotty puller because it was cheap, works better than hand pulling and is ok for the limited use it gets.


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    The Peddler

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    The Peddler

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    For a puller, I like my EZ Pull. He has a version that'll attach to a Scotty base, but he recommends a stand-alone plug with a higher rated fuse.

    The ACE Brutus works fine as well, pretty cost-effective. I don't have any experience with the Scotty puller.

    Don't scrimp on the pots. Get Ladners or McKay's. Good pots catch more shrimp. If you get McKay's, add about 20-lbs of weight to them to get them to stay in-place.

    Get 5/16" leaded line. 400-ft per pot. There is a guy on Arima Boat Owners Group.com selling two 400-ft spools for a good price. He's in Lynnwood. You can buy it from willapamarineproducts.com too.

    Make sure you have plenty of buoy flotation. A single, standard buoy won't cut it. Need to run a minimum of two of the "Large" buoys, or a single low-drag Polyform buoy. (available in yellow)

    Up-North, I'm sure the folks at Holiday Market can set you up with what you need vs online.
     
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    keithsalmon

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    I like my Ace line Hauler, but I like it a lot more after I got the bulldog hands free attachment. It's not exactly hands free, especially with my bigger heavy pots I use in the San Juan's, but a big improvement, well worth the $60-$70....
     
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    Wild Bill

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    Best bang for the buck in an electric is a quick catch pot puller capstan style. Fast and rated up to 200# so you can do comm size crab pots. Just need to fab mount and davit with folbe block on end.
     
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    “biteme”

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    Yes. Blue motor. Ive heard soldering the ground fixes this but i havent tried yet. It starts smelling pretty toasty and hot enough you cant touch the motor
     
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    gfakkema

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    22' Arima Sea Legend
    My bro in law had one and we hated that hunk of junk. Best one i had was a honda, now i have an ez pull and its ok but gets hot

    I had a similar experience with my Ace Line. Worked ok, but the motor gave up the ghost just after the warranty expired. Looking to go with a davit model this year as there are already davit mounts on the boat.
     
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    LJB

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    ain't no cunthead
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    Yes. Blue motor. Ive heard soldering the ground fixes this but i havent tried yet. It starts smelling pretty toasty and hot enough you cant touch the motor
    I was just curious I upgraded from Bucks Red motor puller he said the blue was not much more power the the red.. The wire might be the problem mine with the gold motor was smoking he found a wire was a tad loose so he swapped for a new motor...
     
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    tambs

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    Oct 1, 2009
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    Tom
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    Electra-Dyne is about the best one can do with an electric puller. If you have to use one on a Scotty base, I'd figure out a way to mount one of these.
     
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    Waterdog~

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    I had a similar experience with my Ace Line. Worked ok, but the motor gave up the ghost just after the warranty expired. Looking to go with a davit model this year as there are already davit mounts on the boat.
    Call Ace Line heard nothing but good things from them on fixing shit.....
     
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    goatram

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    Floatflyer

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    Best bang for the buck in an electric is a quick catch pot puller capstan style. Fast and rated up to 200# so you can do comm size crab pots. Just need to fab mount and davit with folbe block on end.

    I had a similar experience with my Ace Line. Worked ok, but the motor gave up the ghost just after the warranty expired. Looking to go with a davit model this year as there are already davit mounts on the boat.

    Started out with the Ace Brutus and Bulldog. Burned out a toggle switch, Ace sent me a new one, motor still giving me problems, I sent the motor back to Ace and they sent it back to me without opening it up. Followed that up with a new motor but my mind was made up. Also while pulling shrimp pots I had to pull very hard to get them up, ENOUGH!

    I had a davit built on Camano Island, bought a capstan like Wild Bill's. NOW I can lift my pots fast AND higher than the rail with ease. No way I would go back to an Ace Brutus and I hate all gas engines that I can replace with electric, my $.02. FF
     
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    gfakkema

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    22' Arima Sea Legend
    Call Ace Line heard nothing but good things from them on fixing shit.....

    I called Ace several times. They wanted $300 plus shipping for the motor. It was an okay puller, but I wasn't impressed enough to drop another $300 on something that was just "okay". Now that I have a glass boat, I want a little more clearance so pots aren't bouncing off the sides, hence the plans for a davit.
     
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    gabe0308

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    I have both the Ace and the Scotty. Had motor issues with the Ace and need to replace the motor again. Motor shat out on a trip to Canada so bought the Scotty in Canada. My Scotty puller has be great and easy to store on the boat and cheap. I would buy the Scotty again before I bought another Ace. Seems like you could remove the boom from the Scotty and rig it up to work with a davit.
     
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    danny warren

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    Till you or your kid gets fingers caught up in it!!!
    My buddy has a Honda works great. He caught his shirt in his puller head and ripped it right off his back. Could have been bad but turned out one of the funniest things I've ever seen.
     
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