guide/lead/direct it into the revolving pot puller

HolyUnicorn

Senior Member
Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect
Hello,

“As a marker float bobbed close alongside to windward, he seizes a seven-foot gaffing pole. In one smooth motion, he hooked the pot line and guided it into the revolving pot puller.

William Warner, Beautiful Swimmers: Waterman, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay

Context: They are pulling up crab pots.

Why is the writer choosing “guide” over “direct” or “lead” here?
 
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    "Led" is the past tense of lead and doesn't fit that context.

    he hooked the pot line and led it into the revolving pot puller

    That implies he went into the pot puller and it followed him.

    Directed would be okay but guided is better. He physically guided it into place.
     
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