For this project, the primary goal was to determine the functional performance of the 12” drop chain sweep with a 24” headrope adjustment as an effective method to reduce winter flounder bycatch while maintaining Loligo squid capture. There are two principle effects that a longer drop chain creates that are beneficial to reducing bycatch. The first is that a longer drop chain increases the distance between the footrope and the sweep providing more area for escapement. Secondly, is that increasing the length of the drop chain makes it possible for the sweep to travel behind the footrope. This is important because with the sweep behind the footrope, the mud cloud created by the sweep does not obscure the gap between the footrope and the sweep. By keeping this gap visible, it increases opportunities for flounders and other species to avoid capture. This gear was tested across a wide range of fishing strata including time, area, fishing practice, and fishing vessel size and power in the small mesh squid fishery. Additional testing of this avoidance gear adaptation in other small mesh fisheries will improve the statistical strength of the previous study and develop a more robust assessment of the effectiveness of this type of gear.