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cutting line off of entagled animals

Discussion in 'Knives and Cutting Tools' started by Dave Kay, Dec 8, 2019.

  1. Dave Kay

    Dave Kay Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Indiana
    I'd like a recommendation for a good cutting tool to helps fish, turtles. mantas, etc that are caught up in ropes and fishing lines. I feel that my dive knife would cut the skin if I tried to insert it. What are experienced divers using for this? Thanks
  2. BrackaFish

    BrackaFish Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Port Orange Fl
    Shears and line cutters are my go to tools. No having any experience with rope or net entanglement I will wisely defer others.
  3. Rooster59

    Rooster59 Solo Diver

    Benchmade 8 is nice, good quality trauma shears as well.

  4. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    That can cover a lot different diameter and materials, and what cuts one may not do to well on another. I carry a Trilobite line cutter, shears, and knife because they can cut any entanglement that I, my buddy, or a sea creature is likely to run into where I dive. I have been known to add other implements of destruction as necessary for specific dive plans where issues outside the usual might be encountered.

    I would use the most benign cutting tool, line cutter, first and work from there. If it's use a knife or nothing, I try to be careful.

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  5. davehicks

    davehicks Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Seattle
    I mostly use ER shears, which cost about $5 a pair. A trilobite is a great safety solution as well, probably great for animals.

    Picture: Removing a hook with lead sinker on a reef shark in Cuba.

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  6. Johnoly

    Johnoly Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    We use flat jaw, thick electrician pliers to get the big hooks out of the sharks that are trailing fishing line. Bring them in slowly near the chum crate and clamp down on the hook with a twist and it will usually come right out.
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  7. Jayfarmlaw

    Jayfarmlaw Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tuttle, Ok
    I Cut a sea turtle out of a net with a Dive agear Express Trilobite. Went through it like it wasn't there. Another guy was using a knife and making no progress. I also cut another diver out of a wad of fishing line he tried to roll up and it ended up all around him. For less than $20, you can't go wrong. I also carry a razor sharp small knife (mostly for cutting fruit on the surface interval) and a pair of titanium coats trauma shears that will allow one hand cutting if needed. If I could only carry one...it would be the trilobite.

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    They make great gifts too!!

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  8. Cali_diver

    Cali_diver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: California
    I have mostly used a trilobite which has cut through just about everything I have encountered. When we encountered a large/thick rope we had to use a knife.
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  9. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

    A few years ago, heck, maybe getting closer to a decade ago. Drifting of WPB I and the "guide" encountered a turtle swimming in circles. I swear it made it's best attempt to get over to us. Upon inspection we saw that it had monofilament and steel leader line wrapped around the carapace and the left front flipper was completely engtangled and immobilized.

    I maneuvered to grab the turtle and the other fellow started cutting with shears once I got ahold of him (or her, beats me, how do you know?). I took several swipes with a line cutter which I dropped and then switched to my Tekna. In all fairness, I might have cut one line, the other fellow got the rest if not all of them. The flipper was cut and I am sure painful but nothing I have not seen worse of so I am sure it healed. He was a way and quite happy to be free.

    I hate monofilament, plastic bags and all of that s---t. Just saying. I think we can do better, if we spent our money on people and the environment and not aircraft carriers and foreign adventures.

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  10. Cali_diver

    Cali_diver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: California
    Male turtles will have longer thicker tails if they are at sexual maturity. Males will also have longer curved claws on front flippers for holding on to female shell. If they are juvenile it is almost impossible to tell from appearance.
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