Original post made by Sam Sherry(Sam9266) June 20, 2005
This weekend I decided to build a couple of Bream/Bullhead traps and since a lot of guys on here have asked for Bream/Bluegill/Perch trap designs I took pics while building these to give yall some ideas. I had built one of these a couple of years ago but it was stolen and Im just now getting around to building replacements. I have seen these for sale as cheap as 39.95 plus 9.00 freight on e-bay and as high as 69.95 plus freight on other sites . I think the ones sold on line may be slightly heavier gauge of hardware cloth butI built these 2 for less than 25.00 total.
The supplies list is simple and short...this builds 2 traps.
1. 24" wide by 25' long roll of ½" Hardware cloth... 16.00 at Home Depot.
2. Tin snips and wire cutters (Dykes) if you have them are handy.
3. Tie-straps ( approx. 100 per trap) I bought mine on clearance so I cant remember the cost.
4. Some heavy rubber bands and hooks for securing the bait well door and fish removal doors.
I would actually prefer small steel clips but don't have any and wasnt buying any just for my traps. How you join the hardware cloth panels is up to you and what you have access to.
Here is a pic of the completed trap to start with. I built 2 of them in about 4-5 hours just playing around in the workshop Friday afternoon and later Friday night.
I set the first one of the traps I built out Friday night at a buddies pond where I catch bullheads for bait. Baited it with dry dog food and left it out from about 9:00 pm Friday night until about 12:00 noon Saturday. I was very pleasantly surprised when we pulled it up and it had a big load of Bullheads in it. I caught 73 Bullheads in the one trap first time out !!!!
Here is a pic of when we pulled the trap....it is kinda hard to get good pics looking thru mesh and on the ground but I think you will be able to see all the Bullheads anyway. They average 6-8" long with a few smaller and a few bigger... just right for Flathead baits !!!!
Heres a pic of the Bullheads after we unloaded the trap into the cooler to take home to the bait tank. NICE BAIT !!!!
That makes about 150+ Bullheads in the bait tank at home now.