Static gear is set to allow fish to swim into it, or to attract fish by bait, and consequently become caught in the gear.
All fishing gear is developed to target specific species of fish and shellfish, in particular areas. There are many different varieties of static gear, some of which have been described in brief detail below.
- Gill nets: Often used as a general term referring to gill nets, trammel nets, wreck nets and tangle nets.
- Lining: Extremely long lines that can be left either anchored or drifting, with numerous baited hooks.
- Pots and traps: Structures into which fish are guided or enticed through funnels that encourage entry but limit escape.