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« on: February 14, 2020, 12:10:51 AM »

I'm planning on making some traps for this season and was wondering how critical the side height was.
I can build a 12 x 12 trap with 12 inch high sides or I can build a 14 x 14 trap with 10 inch sides.

Do you guys have any feedback on which I should do?
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2020, 08:08:02 AM »

First, check to see if Jersey has any size limits. I know Maryland does. Me personally, I prefer rings and topless traps. They are easier to store and carry.
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2020, 09:06:32 AM »

Both sizes are legal, and we are talking topless traps as stated in the title.
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2020, 10:02:19 AM »

12" X 12" X 12" WOULD BE YOUR BEST BET  Grin. 14" X 14" would take more effort and pull slower and with 10" sides more crabs could escape. JMO
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2020, 10:02:29 AM »

Both sizes are legal, and we are talking topless traps as stated in the title.

Perhaps it's time that I invest in glasses. LOL.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2020, 12:19:22 PM »

I do 14x14 and have no problem. 

One consideration is travel.  The bottom trap when stacked will open as nothing holds sides in unless bungie or tied. 

An ordinary milk crate will fit the bottom trap to keep it shut.   The 14 incher is too big.

I also put weights- 6 oz smashed ( with sledge hammer) bank sinker of just flat  sinkers wire tied to center to make sure the traps land upright.  Or they catch nothing if they land any other way on the bottom.
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2020, 02:58:11 AM »

Thanks, So 10" sides would be a bad idea? With the roll of mesh I have I can't do 14 x 14 with 12 sides without a lot of waste. Looks like I'll have to do 12 x 12 x 12.
Planning on attaching a piece of rebar for the bottom weight.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2020, 01:08:48 PM »

Design it to fit the milk crate you can stack them in.  Bigger problem is the float.  How big?  And where stored?  In trap or hanging off side.  I do off side and use 2 small 5 inch floats painted orange with my cell # burned in with soldering iron  and set 2 feet apart(easier pickup and less chance of pulled under in high currents if jugging).



Thanks, So 10" sides would be a bad idea? With the roll of mesh I have I can't do 14 x 14 with 12 sides without a lot of waste. Looks like I'll have to do 12 x 12 x 12.
Planning on attaching a piece of rebar for the bottom weight.
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