It’s crab season and you’ve got a craving for fresh crab. It can be so expensive to buy, though. One thing you may want to try is crabbing on your own. All you need is a crab trap or snare and a shellfish license. You can take your traps out in a boat and set them out with a float or you can set them at some piers. Be sure to read all the state regulations first so you know what is and is not allowed in your area.
Now… you need a trap. You can buy one. Bait shops often sell them, as do sporting goods shops that carry fishing equipment. You can also choose to make one. They do not need to be really large to be effective. You can follow the instructions here to build your own, or you can price the wire and see if it will be less expensive to buy one. A lot depends on where you are located and what prices are common in your area.
So How to Build a Crab Trap Made Simple
Things You Need
- Snap rings
- A roll of welded wire fencing, 1 inch x 1 inch mesh
- Wire cutters
- Building the Trap
Get a roll of welded wire fencing at your local home improvement center. Cut a section 12 inches by 16 inches. Cut another piece that measures 12 inches by 24 inches.
Lay out the first piece and bend up two facing ends about 2 inches. When you are finished, it should look like this bracket. ]
Take the second piece and bend it into a semi-circle. It does not have to be perfect. Each end should stand up about 6 inches. Use the snap rings to put the two pieces of wire together. This should create a shape that is roughly barrel shaped.
Cut two more pieces of wire for doors. Cut them so they will fit over the open sides on the trap. Attach the doors with your snap rings.
Tie the rope to the top of one of the doors, and then run the rope across the top of the trap. Wrap the rope over until it reaches the bottom of the door. Thread it through the mesh and back up to the top. The long end of the rope should reach the surface of the water when you have your trap in place. This helps you close the door when you have crabs inside.
Bait your trap with some overripe fish or chicken. Secure it inside the trap so it will not come out. Attach the float to the end of the rope. Drop your trap in your chosen location. Pull the trap up after a few hours to see what you caught.
If you do not have any good bait, you can also puncture holes in a can of tuna fish or cat food and secure it inside your trap. The odor of the contents will attract the crabs. When baiting for crabs, the riper, the better. Strong odors will attract more crabs. Be sure and follow all rules and regulations. Do not keep crabs that do not fit the state criteria.
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