Bream Traps

Discussion in 'LOCAL ALABAMA TALK' started by dcaruthers, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    Anyone know the Alabama laws regarding catching bream in traps? I'm using Sam's instructions and gonna build two of them tonight and set them out tomorrow.
     
  2. BamaCats

    BamaCats New Member

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    i cant remember exactly but you can check out www.outdooralabama.com i am sure they have the regulations on bream traps and such.
     

  3. paleocaver

    paleocaver New Member

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    Nope, you can't do it. The law reads that you can use nets, seines, traps, etc. to catch minnows and shad for bait but that all game fish caught by those methods must be immediately released (Regulation 220-2-.39). Bream are designated as game fish in 220-2-.34.
     
  4. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    That sucks. Guess I'll have to throw a few bream rods in the boat as cover.
     
  5. BamaCats

    BamaCats New Member

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    leave it to the sate to take the fun out getting bait. i dont see why they sell bream traps here if they illegal then.
     
  6. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    Looks like I can't even use the baskets without a special license and then only for personal consumption...not to use as bait. This sucks. I think I will just use them in ponds to catch my bait and keep them alive in a bait tank.

    GAME FISH

    The following species shall be named and designated as game fish in Alabama: rainbow trout, all members of the sunfish family, including largemouth, shoal, smallmouth, redeye and spotted bass (commonly called trout or green trout), white and black crappie (commonly called white perch), rock bass, shadow bass, flier, warmouth, redbreast, bluegill, longear and shellcracker (commonly called bream); all members of the bass family including white bass, yellow bass, saltwater striped bass (commonly called rockfish) and hybrid striped bass (a cross between the white bass and the saltwater striped bass); all members of the pike family including redfin, grass and chain pickerel; the following members of the perch family: walleye, sauger (commonly called jack salmon), and yellow perch.

    USE OF BREAM FOR BAIT

    All species of bream may be used as bait as long as a person does not have in his possession total bream numbers in excess of the daily creel limit, regardless of size and they are harvested legally. Other native game fish may not be used for bait.

    WIRE BASKETS

    Wire baskets may be used only in certain counties to harvest nongame fish for personal consumption only. Persons holding a commercial fishing license may not fish with wire baskets. No fish taken in wire baskets may be sold or offered for sale. All game fish taken in the baskets must be immediately returned to the water. All baskets must be clearly marked with the valid wire basket license number and name of person using and owning the basket. It is illegal for any one person to fish with more than four wire baskets. Consult the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Regulation Book or local Conservation Enforcement Officer to determine number of baskets and locations where wire baskets are legal.

    TAKING MINNOWS AND SHAD FOR BAIT

    It is legal to take minnows and shad by the use of a cast net, minnow jug, minnow basket, not to exceed 24 inches in length, 12 inches in diameter, with funnel entrance not more than one inch in diameter, dip net or minnow seine, the length of which shall not exceed 25 feet and the width or depth of which shall not exceed 4 feet for the purpose of taking shad or minnows for the exclusive use as fish bait. All game fish and all commercial or nongame fish taken by nets or seines must be immediately returned to the water from whence they came with the least possible injury. Dip nets may be used to land legally caught fish.
     
  7. sam9266

    sam9266 New Member

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    David...

    The traps I made and USE are not legal in state or PUBLIC waters in Georgia either but the DNR here told me they were perfectly legal to use in PRIVATE ponds.. which is what I do. I primarily use mine to catch bullheads from a few private ponds. There was a company here in Georgia last year selling shocking devices for catfish on e-bay and although shocking is illegal in Georgia they can be used in PRIVATE ponds and thats why they were and are legal to sell the traps and shocking devices in the state of Georgia.
    You should always check legal matters in your own state for yourself.. I never trust what someone else says or heard.. ask the authorities and sometimes ask 2 or 3 as even then you may get different answers.. even form the authorities.

    Good luck with the traps.. tghey work great for my use... Sam
     
  8. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    I took mine out for a trial run last night (I won't say where) and I got 30 bream after only 20 minutes. I loaded them with some mushy old liver in a stocking. I couldn't be happier with the results.

    Did you alter your fish slots for bullheads? It seems they would require a round shape rather than slotted.
     
  9. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    Just so noone gets the wrong idea...I did take my newly built traps for a trial run, but it was for testing only. I released the bluegills unharmed. After double-checking with our local gamewarden, I will be using them in private ponds. I am military and very rule oriented. I fully support and adhere to all laws to the best of my abillity and would never suggest anyone do any different.
     
  10. KanHeadhunter

    KanHeadhunter New Member

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    I have made 1 of this traps that Sam designed and they are great. Work for bullheads, gills and carp. I put it in private ponds to get my bait. I mainly use it when I setlines out and need a lot of bait in a hurry. The kids love it because now they don't have to go catch bait!!
     
  11. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    Yeah I figured they would work just by design, but had no idea of how good until the test. I loaded mine with some left over chicken livers I wadded up in a shop rag. I must have caught 30+. I already have a few pond permissions lined for when I need them. Kudos to Sam's design.
     
  12. bamacatman

    bamacatman New Member

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    hey where can i get the directions for this trap?
     
  13. wigginsdano59

    wigginsdano59 New Member

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    i wish someone would post his idea
     
  14. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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  15. fichere

    fichere New Member

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    where are sams instructions?
     
  16. turkey22

    turkey22 New Member

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    hey boys I live here in fairhope, al, But still fish where I use to live in lowndesboro, al. Brunson net in foley Alabama makes a fine bream trap. Ive got 5 of em and they work great. He calls them pinfish traps but they catch bream mighty fine. I'll find the number and post but he's on the internet at brunsonnet.com. Tom looks like me and you fish some of the same holes. I fish all the creek mouths from prairie creek to house creek, even been fishing pintlala creek alot. DAN there's some good flathead fishing below point A dam. I stilll fish there every once and a while. I grew up on 106 about 7 miles from dozier. Good fishing to all
     
  17. turkey22

    turkey22 New Member

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    Thought i'd mention that you can use bream traps as long as its a private pond.
     
  18. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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