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« on: March 26, 2009, 02:06:19 PM »

Hi I am going to build me an eel trap.
So far I went out and bought the hardware cloth 1/2" X 1/2"galvanized. The frame I will try and build with materials I have in the garage I have a few ideas but we will see.

Its not pretty but hey I wasn't an art major :-) so I hope you get the point.

My big question is what should be the length diameter of the funnel trap (if that makes sense).
Also any advice you guys/gals would like to offer (about the eel trap) I would love to hear.  Especially if this trap is too big or illegal. I can't find anything in the MD or VA regs regarding trap size.

I will let you know how it works out.  Now I just have to find the time to bring it all together.

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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2009, 04:42:41 PM »

Good luck, sounds good.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2009, 05:00:24 PM »

yup
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2009, 05:04:38 PM »

Here the old school way...
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2009, 05:05:16 PM »

funnel..

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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2009, 05:05:52 PM »

And inside view..


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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2009, 05:07:01 PM »

That should keep you busy for awhile.. Grin  I use to help my Grandfather fish these when I was a Kid, They will catch the heck out of eels...
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2009, 06:39:07 PM »

Probably a stupid question, but I would guess that the eel trap must be on the bottom?  I can see the wire mesh ones that Gene posted would obviously sink,  but the old school wicker/bamboo, whatever, must have been weighted?  One other thing, do you leave them out overnight or longer and how often does one check them?
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2009, 07:01:39 PM »

 Wink
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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2009, 09:19:53 AM »

I was baseing my design off of..

http://prostores2.carrierzone.com/stores/WireMeshHeadquarters/catalog/eeltrap.JPG
http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/attachment.php?attachmentid=68584&d=1190911541

and the one in this video:


I saw:
http://www.marylandwatermen.com/thewatermen/eels.htm

But wasn't sure how the cloth worked in the trap.  I may actually try it that way not sure yet.
So I suspect the opening to the trap shouldn't be much more then 2"

Do the plastic eel traps need to be weighted?

Hey Gene what kind of wood is that eel basket made of? Is there only one funnel?

Thanks for the pictures and help everybody.
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2009, 12:19:04 PM »

great
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2009, 12:35:44 PM »



ya gotta get off the couch and go into a for real store and look at one.


That's not the problem. I don't have any stores around here in preppyville that have eel traps.
The closest store is probable an hour away and they don't stock them either.
maybe Bass pro but they are about an hour away and form what I understand who they support I don;t want to give them my money.

That being said I rely on you couch potatoes :-) jk.

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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2009, 01:00:22 PM »

I am sure you can find one on-line and have it delivered to you. I don't know the cost or a web sites but i'm sure someone here can help you out with that.
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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2009, 01:19:17 PM »

next time you go crabbing ask around or try craigeslist  Undecided
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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2009, 02:26:44 PM »

Well I have most of the materials so I might give it a try.
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« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2009, 01:08:19 AM »


you had two funnels - the first funnel guided them to the second funnel which was a one way funnel.


I am not sure I follow the two funnel system. What do you mean by "one way" funnel?

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« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2009, 04:13:57 AM »

 
That's not the problem. I don't have any stores around here in preppyville that have eel traps.
The closest store is probable an hour away and they don't stock them either.
maybe Bass pro but they are about an hour away and form what I understand who they support I don;t want to give them my money.

That being said I rely on you couch potatoes :-) jk.

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    This is off the topic but who does Bass Pro Shops support?
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« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2009, 07:52:44 AM »

go for it
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« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2009, 08:39:30 AM »

Send me some money and I'll send you an eel pot.
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« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2009, 09:43:14 AM »

I am not sure I follow the two funnel system. What do you mean by "one way" funnel?

thanks
Blue
In this pic you can see the 2 funnels.  The first, on the left, is open about 2 inches.  The second one is inside the cage.  The second funnel is wired shut.  The eels can squeeze thru the cloth to get in but can not squeeze back out.
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