Crab traps

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  • #7325
    Sevengillz
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    Im looking at a few different crab pots , need to stock up on paddles for the rig season.

    I see theres a few different designs some look a bit flimsy and the well made ones seem quite big in comparison. Just a question or two to you potters out there , which style/make do you use and how does it go for you?

    Cheers.

    #23514
    yellowfin
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    Mines more of a snatch pot made from a butterfly net

    #23515
    Miliwolf
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    I use the Opera trap design. They are quite flimsy and lightweight so require extra weight tied to the base to reach the bottom. They sometimes get bashed up a bit in the waves but the frame is soft enough to bend back into sharp. The size of the holes probably prevents the larger crabs from getting inside, I do not consider that a problem because I prefer to use the medium size crabs for bait.

    On average I probably lose a trap a season so would be reluctant to spend a lot on a well made trap. The Opera traps sell for anywhere between $12-30 and they all basically the same quality regardless of price.

    #23516
    Sevengillz
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    yeah im leaning toward the opera style , as ya say one a season so they cheap enough to sacrifice. Did you have much luck catching paddle crabs off Grassmere Mili?

    #23518
    Miliwolf
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    Catches were fairly random, and its quite easy to lose traps there. I have had a few nights where I caught my limit, but more where I blanked or only caught a couple.

    I now prefer Robin Hood bay, just wade out 10-15m and throw the cage in. Wait 15 minutes before checking. Every so often walk along the beach 30-40m then repeat. I fish for Rig while waiting for the crabs.

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