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falling rain

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Oct 17, 2003
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I thought some of you may be interested in this site if it hasn't been posted before. http://www.lobsterprawnandcrab.com/ I'm considering getting a couple of pots myself and will use them for bait collecting for fishing and of course trapping crustacians for eating. They look compact and portable and come with a little stowing bag so I'll do a review and post some pictures if I catch anything worthwhile. They can also be used in rivers for crayfish.
 

amott69

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Nov 14, 2005
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falling rain said:
I thought some of you may be interested in this site if it hasn't been posted before. http://www.lobsterprawnandcrab.com/ I'm considering getting a couple of pots myself and will use them for bait collecting for fishing and of course trapping crustacians for eating. They look compact and portable and come with a little stowing bag so I'll do a review and post some pictures if I catch anything worthwhile. They can also be used in rivers for crayfish.
If you know kidlington predator angling store does one very similar
 

ilan

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Feb 14, 2006
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Do not think its as easy as its made out to be tho . You will need to get some distance out and over rough ground and be able to leave the trap for some time . The local fishermen will no doubt welcome you and tell you the best spots .and even empty it for you ? For a few prawns or shore craps a drop net made out of an old bike wheel rim and fine netting would work . Do not forget as posted previously traps in fresh water may be against local laws . :cool:
 

den

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Jun 13, 2004
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ilan said:
Do not think its as easy as its made out to be tho . You will need to get some distance out and over rough ground and be able to leave the trap for some time . :
You will need a boat or at least a canoe really to get out into deep water. but not always the case. I know places which are very productive for lobster and only a stone throw from the shore. boils down to practice and local knowledge.

If you are thinking about getting some collapsible pots I would recommend this guy. I purchased a dozen must be over four years ago now and they are still going strong. The large lobster and multi catch are Big traps, mine are 93cm x 62cm at the base. Much too big to be humping around with you but are really productive.

http://www.interextrading.com/index.html


It looks like he has added a few more traps since.

The multi catch are truly multi catch and i use them mainly for cuttlefish this time of the year. Great hobby as you never know what you are going to pull up could be anything

Oh if you want any info on rigging ,baits or whatever give me a shout.
Cheer


Den
 

BOD

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Here is a cheap bushcrafty crab trap that can be made entirely from natural materials or from recycled and scavenged material from beachcombing. It’s called a bintur and is used extensively in the islands of South East Asia.

It can be made in about 30 minutes (including photos) once all the material is ready.

You need:

2 lengths of springy wood about 1-1.5cm thick (bamboo is ideal) about 28-30 inches long.

A piece of netting that is about 25 inches on the diagonal or slightly less than the wood

A piece of string about 1.5 metres long


Weave the string in and out of the perimeter mesh of the netting as in the photo



Make sure the ends come out of the same mesh



Notch the sticks at either end on OPPOSING sides


Start by slipping a buntline hitch or a similar knot over a notched end




Make a clove hitch for slipping over the end of the other stick




Now do the same for the other end of the first stick. Make the second clove hitch about the same distance as between the first two knots. Then make another hitch on the end of the second stick. Finish off with a couple of round turns and a slip hitch on the end of the first stick where you started.



The bintur is unlikely to be square the first few times. If you are hungry it doesn’t matter. (Once you get the hang of it you can tie the first sticks’ end first then do the second but that requires a good estimate of the length needed)


If you have time adjust the clove hitches or re-tension the slip hitch till you are happy with the shape. What is more important is that both sticks are arched and that there is sag or a belly in the netting so that a crab will not be able to climb out when you haul it up



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You can secure the bait (chicken bones etc.) with string or wire on the sticks or the center of the net. I have used cat food in cloth successfully

If you want to make the trap collapsible just loosen 2 of the hitches.



Depending on your bait and materials, you may have to add a weight in the net to make the bintur sink. As the wood dries if you don't use it for a while a larger weight is desireable

I check the traps every 15 minutes or so.
 
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ilan

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Feb 14, 2006
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cuttle fish now that sounds intresting what sort of bait do you use ? Whilst i agree you can find good fishing close in its very rare , Re minds me of one of the best diving trips in this country out from brighton onto the inshore reef one evening. saw lobsters crabs conger etc spent 1.5 hours underwater , Then stood up ended up in 3 feet of water having drifted nearly 1.5 miles in to the beach saw more life in 10mins than in a hours dive of the french coast in 25 mtrs Equally if you miss the small reef which is a chalk wall 3-4 ft high with the rough ground perhaps 10-15 feet wide Then its a desert .
 

den

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Once you have a cuttlefish in your pot they will attract others in. But the problem is getting one in your pot in the first place. Most baits will do but adding a old CD as a lure is he norm.
 

AJB

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Oct 2, 2004
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den said:
If you are thinking about getting some collapsible pots I would recommend this guy. I purchased a dozen must be over four years ago now and they are still going strong. The large lobster and multi catch are Big traps, mine are 93cm x 62cm at the base. Much too big to be humping around with you but are really productive.

http://www.interextrading.com/index.html

Hi Den,

Thanks for the link, the 'Large Bo' I've bought for my sister arrived this morning. A cracking piece of hand made kit at a really good price, and a nice guy to deal with. I'm tempted to get one to add to my pile of nice kit I'll never use!

Thanks again for the link.

AJB
 

Culicoidis

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May 11, 2005
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Hugh Fernleigh Whittingstall did some cuttlefish trapping in one of his River Cottage episodes, he construcsted an elaborate and amusing decoy. He did catch cuttlefish, and prepared them in his bath the ink went everywere.
 

bambodoggy

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Nov 10, 2004
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www.stumpandgrind.co.uk
My Licence application forms for trapping freshwater crayfish arrived last week....soon as I fill them in and get the permit and tags back I'm off to the canal to fetch supper :D Got my pots ready and the blessing of the canal owner :)

Bam. :)
 

den

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Jun 13, 2004
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AJB said:
Hi Den,

Thanks for the link, the 'Large Bo' I've bought for my sister arrived this morning. A cracking piece of hand made kit at a really good price, and a nice guy to deal with. I'm tempted to get one to add to my pile of nice kit I'll never use!

Thanks again for the link.

AJB
No probs mate.

If you want to extend the life of the pot. Get some polyprop rope and wrap it around the bottom of the pot as this will stop the netting from getting trashed if you drag it along a rough bottom. takes a while to weave it in and out but is worth it.