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Collecting Fishing line
SeaGoat - 6/05/2012 10:55 AM
Category: General
Replies: 5

I always try to leave a dive site better that I found it by taking a bit of trash out with me when I leave (provided no one is using the trash for a home).

Fishing lines are a major problem where I live and I have yet to find a good technique for gathering it up. Has anyone discovered any good tricks?
LatitudeAdjustment - 6/05/2012 11:48 AM
On a normal dive I just pick up a handful, more than that becomes a problem.

There is an anual clean-up dive near here where there are always balls of fishingline off the pier. The first year I used a big mesh laundry bay, big mistake, the hooks get caught in the mesh. Next year I used a trash bag with a few holes punched in the bottom, PIA to fill but at the end of the dive I just hand the bag to the fishermen waiting on the pier. There is enough line, leads, lures and weights to keep them busy for hours :)

Another option for clean-ups is the 5 gallon pail, just remember to put in drain holes
jayman035 - 6/05/2012 6:19 PM
i have a small mesh bag i take down with me, i think it came with a pair of dive gloves. its easy to stuff hand fulls of fishing line in, and it just clips to my D ring when im done. or try a small cotton spool, wrap the line around it and stick it in your BC pocket.

its good to see that there a plenty of divers cleaning up their dive sites.
DIVERHERB - 6/05/2012 6:27 PM
I use a methode similar to Jayman, except I use a clip bag that stays rolled up and cliped to my b/c. I find that the eclosed bag works better for me as the line and anything else I might pick up stays secure in it as there are no holes to loose what you find.
SeaGoat - 6/07/2012 5:27 PM
Thanks for the advice!
mrciviljim - 6/08/2012 2:56 PM
This is one use I have for plastic bottles, especially found ones on the bottom. Find one on the dive, slit it with a dive knife or harness cutterand stuff the bottle with the line through the slit. It then get’s pitched when topside. Another alternative is to use the bottle or other found debris as a spool for the line, rolling it around bunches and all.