No respectable commercial waterman uses a bait-box door. Period. It slows him down and there really isn't a need for one. The water pressure exerted on the bait while the crabpot sinks is sufficient to keep the bait from falling out. Plus, when the crabpot is checked, the old bait does fall out, saving valuable time (a waterman re-baits his pots every time he checks them.)
On the flip-side, most respectable recreational crabbers do use a bait-box door. This is because most recreational crabbers check their pots several times throughout the day and do not necessarily wish to re-bait their pots each and every time.
A bait-box door can be as simple as a plastic lid stapled to the bottom and held in place with bungee cord. My design is a little more elaborate.
You now have a complete crabpot. Attach line and buoy, insert bait, and you're ready to catch some crabs!
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