Building a Crabpot

Step 3.

Cutting and Shaping the Entrance Funnels

Step 3.1

Figure 1a.

Figure 1b.

Figure 1c.

  • Cut a piece of wire 2 meshes long (Figure 1a.)

  • Trim wire so that there are 12 hexagons along the bottom, 10 hexagons along the top. Be sure to leave the three "pigtails" attached to the right-hand side. See Figures 1b and 1c.

  • Discard scraps.

Step 3.2

Figure 2a.

Figure 2b.

  • Bend the wire around to form a cylinder.

Step 3.3

Figure 3.

  • Bend wire so that it forms a large "mouth" which tapers down to a smaller opening.

Step 3.4

Figure 4a.

Figure 4b.

Figure 4c.

  • Use the "pigtails" to fasten the two edges together by wrapping the pigtails around the adjoining side (see figures 4a, 4b, and 4c.)

Note: If you do not wish to use the "pigtail" method, you may cut them off and use crabpot staples (hog rings) to fasten it together. Using stapes will be faster but will use additional supplies, the choice is up to you.

Step 3.5

Figure 5.
A completed entrance funnel

  • Gently work the funnel into an oval-shaped opening.

  • Repeat until you have four complete funnels.

Note: Some watermen prefer to use crabpots with only two entrance funnels. Again, the choice is up to you!

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