Lobster/crab pots

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punkrockcaveman

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Has anyone made there own lobster/crab pots? I intend to drop one or two from the kayak this year (for those wondering, in Yorkshire you need a license).

Commercial pots are very plasticky and heavy, but the cheap collapsible ones are a bit plasticky and flimsy. I had good success with the cheap ones last year but rarely anything in size and lots of small stuff. I was wondering if there is an eco alternative I could make to suit my needs. I was thinking of using wood, and maybe galvanised wire, but I have reservations about wire in the salt and the wood taking on water and making the pot super heavy.

Has anyone on here made one? I did make a couple of prototypes but they didn't turn out how I had envisioned, one was a wooden rectangle that was big and heavy the other was a flimsy pyramid. I was hoping to maybe weave one from willow....

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punkrockcaveman

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What about a medium gauge bamboo box frame covered in heavy gauge netting

( think box kite frame)

??? How do you get it to sink and stay in place.???

I was thinking about bamboo! Light, flexible and strong. Cheap!

I have some old sit on mower blades ready to use for weights
 
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Woody girl

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Get in touch with Frazer from coastal survivor. I've watched him teaching how to make fishing pots with willow at the wilderness gathering.
I'm sure he could give you some pointers on how to go about it.
 

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Yes! I’ve made a couple. Unfortunately no pictures though but I’ll try and explain...

I got some steel reinforcement mesh and cut then folded it into the shape I wanted. I then used old pallets to make a box for the bottom, and wrapped ropes around everything to hold it together. I also found an old fishing net on the beach so wrapped it in that too! The entrance was right on top and made from an old catering mayonnaise bucket with the bottom cut off, and cable tied in place. That way I don’t need a lid, I can just reach in and pull things out. A couple of small weights inside and a mackerel head or two thrown in for good measure lol.

I take them out in a powerboat so they might be a bit heavy for a kayak but you get the idea. I might be able to get some pictures but where I keep them is off limits at the moment due to the virus.
 
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punkrockcaveman

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Well. I've managed to put together a mk.1 pot. I really fancied getting some welded mesh as it holds it's own shape and wouldn't need any support, however I couldn't find any for a good price, so I ended up buying some 50mm plastic mesh from b&q for £10. This was enough to do one pot. I used bamboo and willow for struts and garden wire to hold everything together. A doctored 200mm plant pot made the entrance. I found a couple of half bricks, the ones with holes in for the weights, used an old 5 litre screen wash bottle for the buoy and a washing line rope for the line. Just need a bait trap now! It feels just the right weight to be manageable from the yak. The frame on its own is super lightweight.

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punkrockcaveman

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That looks spot on! I would just throw in a bit of bait, it’s a cage anyway so not going anywhere. Perhaps a smaller net wrapped around it to stop the little crabs getting in and pinching the bait.
I'll make a bait cage as the mesh is 50mm square, a whole mackerel could go walkies out of it, plus I'll be able to position the bait near the entrance and away from the sides to try and entice the bigger crabs and lobsters in, but hopefully suspend it out of the way of most of the small bait robbing crabs.
 
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Had some weird white grid officers going spare at work so I've fashioned a wee bait cage for the pot, and fitted pot tags too, it's all ready for action now
 

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