soaking a trap for extended period of time help and advice

Started by shout19661966, March 21, 2021, 10:42:43 AM

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shout19661966

I live on long island suffolk county was looking for advice on buying a trap to put in the water for a long period of time say 8-24 hours. Also are there rules and regulations involved in doing this . I understand there is a risk of someone stealing said trap. This will be off a dock. Thanks in advance.

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Yeah, and won't they be surprised if it snagged a body from a mob hit :laugh: 
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ralphrepo

Quote from: shout19661966 on March 21, 2021, 10:42:43 AM
I live on long island suffolk county was looking for advice on buying a trap to put in the water for a long period of time say 8-24 hours. Also are there rules and regulations involved in doing this . I understand there is a risk of someone stealing said trap. This will be off a dock. Thanks in advance.

Try this page, and pay special attention to the part about Crab Pots: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/75333.html

Even though you're going to be doing this from a dock (ie tethered to the structure) and I suppose your crab pot won't need a buoy; the fact that you're leaving the pot unattended means that you'll likely have to follow the same set of guidelines. Also, it may be a matter of semantics to most, but there is a distinct difference of terminology between a "crab pot" (a passive unattended device with a labyrinth that confuses and traps the crab within) and a "crab trap" (usually a device with a moving part that closes while the crab is within, allowing the crabber to actively retrieve the crab; if left unattended the crab can come and go as it pleases). Good luck!

NorEaster

My home state of Massachusetts  just made closed traps illegal this year to protect endangered terrapin turtles who sometimes get caught in the traps and drown. Some northeast states set these regulations on unison so you may want to make sure that didn't change in your state this season as well.

ralphrepo

Quote from: NorEaster on April 27, 2021, 03:36:12 AM
My home state of Massachusetts  just made closed traps illegal this year to protect endangered terrapin turtles who sometimes get caught in the traps and drown. Some northeast states set these regulations on unison so you may want to make sure that didn't change in your state this season as well.

Yeah, good suggestion. Luckily, so far, last I checked (one minute ago) NYS's DEC site requires pots to have Terrapin Excluder Devices on all entry points of the pots. I think Mass should done the same thing because a lot of crabbers use pots. They will have to work a lot harder with open traps or nets. I'm glad NYS is still allowing them (with TED's of course).

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