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« on: March 11, 2011, 04:17:24 AM »

what is the estimated costs for making some crab pots yourself? here in texas they charge 30-40 bucks. seems a little steep if making it is cheaper.
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2011, 05:33:21 AM »

1.5" square mesh fully rigged with iron, escape rings, bungy & hook and line & buoy, my material cost is about $23.00.
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2011, 08:23:49 AM »

1.5" square mesh fully rigged with iron, escape rings, bungy & hook and line & buoy, my material cost is about $23.00.
Here $24 will get you a pot without line/bouy or iron but making my our is not much cheaper.
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2011, 08:25:53 AM »

Here $24 will get you a pot without line/bouy or iron but making my our is not much cheaper.
I was thinking the same thing.... $27 for a bare pot here at Marshalls.  $37 fixed up.
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2011, 11:33:12 AM »

Here $24 will get you a pot without line/bouy or iron but making my our is not much cheaper.

Here in Maryland I charge $100 each. Of course I only make one an hour. Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2011, 04:48:13 PM »

EasternMarineOutlet.com seems to have a large variety of traps for sale. I can't commment to the quality though.
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2011, 05:47:30 PM »

thanks everyone. was only curious because i wanted to start making my own traps and it seems i'll only save about...4-10 dollars Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2011, 06:34:17 PM »

The single chamber shallow water traps (pots) that I make cost less than $10 each.  They are defiantly not commercial grade and I would not recommend them for everyday use.  I use them on weekends and they hold up better to the elements than to the thefts and vandals.  I crab from shore in the salt marsh with depths from 6" to 2', so the full size traps don't always work.   

I have used 20 gauge plastic coated chicken wire (from Home Depot) or one inch square mesh galvanized wire 24in (from Lowe's).  I used the wire from Lowe's on the last two traps I made and I think I like it better.  It does not list the gauge, but I would guess it is about 18.


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Hardware Cloth 24  mesh  19 gauge
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The videos is from one of my early efforts and I have refined the process somewhat since.

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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2011, 07:43:47 PM »

1.5" square mesh fully rigged with iron, escape rings, bungy & hook and line & buoy, my material cost is about $23.00.





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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2011, 01:18:45 AM »

The single chamber shallow water traps (pots) that I make cost less than $10 each.  They are defiantly not commercial grade and I would not recommend them for everyday use.  I use them on weekends and they hold up better to the elements than to the thefts and vandals.  I crab from shore in the salt marsh with depths from 6" to 2', so the full size traps don't always work.   

I have used 20 gauge plastic coated chicken wire (from Home Depot) or one inch square mesh galvanized wire 24in (from Lowe's).  I used the wire from Lowe's on the last two traps I made and I think I like it better.  It does not list the gauge, but I would guess it is about 18.


Poultry Netting 24 with 1 mesh 20 gauge
Top Panel       36 with tabs on both ends
Bottom Panel    30 with tabs on one ends
Door         8 with tab on one end
Funnel (X3)   5 with tab on one end

Hardware Cloth 24  mesh  19 gauge
Bait Holder      6X12 with tab on both ends

17 gauge electric fence wire
Cull Rings (X2)   7.5

The videos is from one of my early efforts and I have refined the process somewhat since.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLfP68k6-A8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XATtbLh6-p0


thanks a bunch i live next to a shallow bay so this will come in handy as well.
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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2011, 05:59:27 AM »





You Carolina Boys do that "FUZZY" MATH...

I didn't build any this year, I suspect it might be a little more now.  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2011, 08:30:45 PM »

I didn't build any this year, I suspect it might be a little more now.  Grin



And if you don't buy your wire by  April 1....they will be 10% higher...I went to Eddie Heaths today..A hex wire braced all around is $23...And going up ...
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« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2011, 09:39:19 PM »

My wife and I took a "Sunday" drive on Saturday to Crisfield today.    Went past Eddie Heath's.   

Made the mistake of exploring the wrong street and ended up in driving through a few blocks that I'd never want to have my car break down on...    Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2011, 10:07:26 PM »

My wife and I took a "Sunday" drive on Saturday to Crisfield today.    Went past Eddie Heath's.   

Made the mistake of exploring the wrong street and ended up in driving through a few blocks that I'd never want to have my car break down on...    Tongue




LMAO..Welcome to Downtown Crisfield Grin
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« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2011, 09:31:29 AM »




LMAO..Welcome to Downtown Crisfield Grin

didnt know there was a place where you could end up in a [curd] pot in Crisfield laugh laugh laugh  always sounds like a great place when people talk about it..
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« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2011, 02:45:22 PM »

didnt know there was a place where you could end up in a [curd] pot in Crisfield laugh laugh laugh  always sounds like a great place when people talk about it..




So is Baltimore if you just vist the Inner Harbor... Grin
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2011, 03:26:37 PM »

I got asked by a hooker in downtown Crisfield if I was looking for a good time.  I of course said no  Grin  Roll Eyes Grin Grin

That is the last place on earth I'd think would have hookers, but, it's a true story.  Wink
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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2011, 05:38:24 PM »




LMAO..Welcome to Downtown Crisfield Grin

Exactly... Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2011, 05:44:25 PM »

Crisfield's ok. You just need to drive down the main drag to the water, do a u-turn and go back the way you came. When you start exploring and drive out into the marsh, you're on your own!  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2011, 05:48:31 PM »

...or past the projects, as I found out.
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« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2011, 09:15:24 PM »

Played a soccer game there in high school.  Only place we went where local hoodlum kids chased the bus away on bikes while throwing rocks at it. 

Alas we will all think what we have at this moment to be relatively tame when the mex gangs start taking over. 

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« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2011, 02:12:38 AM »

man this conversation is quickly spiraling out of control. Tongue
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« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2011, 09:19:40 AM »

 Roll Eyes
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« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2011, 11:03:17 PM »

man this conversation is quickly spiraling out of control. Tongue
Some of these guys can hi jack a thread with the best on the internet.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2011, 07:32:54 AM »

I resemble that remark.
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