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« on: June 16, 2016, 03:12:09 PM »

Another broken aluminum pole long net  Angry

Hi crabbers.  I'm a bit crabby today because I destroyed another net and my inventive side has been thinking of an alternative.  Some of you my know that I do a lot of crab scooping from my SUP () and I also use my net to pole and paddle around.  These nets are pretty durable but they do bend occasionally and after a few bends, they break.

So I am thinking of a new strategy using something similar to what the back-country flats guides use to push pole their flats boats around - a long fiberglass pole.  And then I want to attach a net to one end (somehow).

I thought I would consult you gurus first because rather than reinvent the wheel, if my item already exists somewhere I would just purchase it.  However, through my various internet searches I have come up empty - or way too expensive for just a pole.

My requirements are: strong, lightweight, able to attach a crab net to one end, doesn't fill up with water.  Retractable would be ok but not necessary.  I think anything retractable would also fill with water so I would prefer it to be water tight.  I need it to be about 12 ft long - give or take a foot or two.

If you know of any such item, please let me know.  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2016, 03:34:03 PM »

Oh I enjoyed this adventure so much!   You are a crab genius!
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2016, 04:10:31 PM »

I'm thinkin Salt Hay may be able to help you out.   Wink  He swings an awesome net/paddle combo.
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2016, 05:36:42 PM »

Yep I have a combo push pole/ paddle/ scap net all in one. It's a combination of a river ( hard bottom) push head paddle blade combo with a heavy framed scap net on the other end.

The pole and paddle/push head are made from white oak. It's light, flexible, won't corrode and floats if you drop it. ( not a fan of aluminum or fiberglass for those reasons above)

I use it alot and it holds up well. The pole needs to be limber enough to bend and not break, helping pin crabs in on the follow thru.

The one upgrade I am working on this year is a custom woven net.  The stock green netting is junk and big crabs will destroy it quickly.  

I found 9 feet is about maximum before it become unwieldy to me.  Any good woodworker should be able to make one.  I'll attach a pic.

If poling heavy mud broaden the contact end of the blade

I made this set-up 4 seasons ago and so far so good.
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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2016, 05:47:28 PM »

Can't help with the pole, but I loved the video! Sounded like one heck of a great night!!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2016, 08:58:08 PM »

I just made one.  I got an 8' octagonal ash pole from Sherrill tree website.  I ripped it down to be thinner and more flexible.  The rest looks just like Salthay's.  I bought a white oak board at Woodcraft and made the push blade.  The net was cut off of a net I bought at Dicks.   It is rough bit will work.  Just an excuse to make another for a backup!
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2016, 10:27:56 AM »

Very creative.  Funny an idea that gets refined.   And perfected.

Ever think of colored LED spot lights to keep your nigh vision -  I think DARK BLUE penetrates the water the deepest.

 
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2016, 12:23:55 PM »

WOW! Great video.  Thanks for posting.  I enjoyed it very much.
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