Fishing Tip: Pot Shot

A freshly baited lobster trap can serve as a fish attractor. Photo / New England Boating: Tom Richardson
A freshly baited lobster trap can serve as a fish attractor. Photo / New England Boating: Tom Richardson

Inshore lobster pots and their buoys can be a nuisance, but they can also help you find fish. That’s because pots are often set along contour lines, ledges or prominent structure—the same type of places game fish like to gather. If there’s enough open water, try trolling a tube lure or swimming plug—carefully—around the pot lines and you may strike gold.

Many years ago, Marblehead fly-fishing guide Fred Christian taught me another way that pots can help you score more fish. Fred always made it a point to work a large fly around a freshly baited lobster trap, which he said acted like a giant chum pot, drawing stripers and bluefish to the immediate area. Made sense to me!