- Bryan Shrum
- Bryan Shrum
- Bryan Shrum
Another modificatior or version of this trap that works well and can simplify construction is take the hardware cloth and lay 4 dinner plates on it and mark with a magic marker and cut out the along the lines. You do two pieces this way to create a top and bottom piece. Also do not trim off the barbs or ends, instead utilize these to tie the trap together versus tie straps. Cut the sides to the desired depth the wish the trap to be and wrap around the outer edges and attach with the wire ends. Also leave the barbs on facing towards the center of the trap. Since you wind up with a 4 leaf clover looking trap with indiviual sides that come together the fish entrance from the outside can be adjusted by spreading the opening wider with your hand which make the trap more versatile than one species of bait fish. Also the the barbs facing towards the inside of the trap will prevent any of the bait fish from exiting the trap.
Use to use this type of home made trap for catching piggy perch on the Texas coast for summer speckled trout fishing. However any version of this trap works great the above is just another option and in my opinon simpler to build...
Originally Posted by Whistler
Up til now I've been fishing for my flathead bait, its enjoyable but troublesome at times. I found your DIY while doing a google search for perch traps! It was the only information I could find on how to build this style of trap, and I have since joined this forum because of it and the many other helpfull threads.
I made one of these traps last night after work (11:00pm) and set it out around 2:00 am! Thats right, it only takes a couple of hours to have one ready to go (for about $20)! I checked it around noon today and had at least 20 green sunfish in it......you just made my flathead fishing trip tonight a whole lot easier! Thanks,
- Jeremy Mitchell
i have the info somewhere around the house wher you can by the banding pliers and band to put these traps together with like the commercial made ones. i have a pair and the bands arent that high. i think i got less than 25 dollars in the pliers and less than 20 in 2500 bands. message me if you want me to look it up for ya.
Modified your Design
Just thought I let you guys in on a little secret of mine. Use live comet goldfish for bigger Bluegill and Feeder Guppies for smaller legal traps.
Besure you drill extra small holes in the jar in lid and about 1/3 the lenght all the way around jar otherwise they will get out...
Feeders are cheap at Petsmart and Jack's Aquarium and Pets!
I made a trap from plans I seen here on this site (http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38891).
I made two of them, one legal one not (Legal size bait entrance 1"x1" / 24" long x 12"wide in the state of ohio) the illegal one is the same as the at link just modified a little. 24" long x 24" wide x 11" high (Bait entrances 11" high x 1" wide).
Other simple Modifications Include:
1. Instead of making the bait tube I just drilled holes in the lid of a clean peanut butter jar and tie strapped it to the inside of the trap Top Center a 4" inches away from the 4 Funnels (Be sure to remove the lable from the jar)
2. Bigger Access doors to remove the bait and screw the jar on easier
3. I used Mini Bungies to hold doors closed (Has 4 access doors, one in each corner). Bought those at Harbor Freight.
4. Added 10' of setline, doubled up and tied like you would a troutline w/o hooks. Bought 435 feet at Walmart $8.00.
P.s. I set that Illegal Trap at a Friends Private Pond Twice a Year. I Keep a big Bait Tank Set Up Year Round....
I built two traps to the directions and had them perform flawlessly. I set the trap in a local pond with a tub of chicken livers in the bait compartment. I sliced the sides and the lid to expose the contents, but not let them float all over the place. I did use almost twice the amount of ties though, about 200 on my trap, I build it hardcore tough, baling wire in the bottom for structural integrity.
After 48 hour of soak, I retrieved it and pulled out 81 bellys. :crazy:
Thanks to Sam for the tips and help.
Last edited by Whistler; 05-19-2009 at 03:53 PM.