easy perch traps

Discussion in 'LOCAL ARKANSAS TALK' started by fishstick, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. fishstick

    fishstick New Member

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    well after some instructions from our old friend coach i have finished 2 easy to build perch traps. all it takes is a roll of plastic hardware cloth and 400 4" zipties. i built mine in about 2 hours each. they are alot sturdier that i thought they would be and the price for both traps was about $20. all the commercial traps that i looked at were anywhere from $30 up to $85 so these traps wont break the bank. i know that they're not too pretty but i dont think the perch will mind. the hardware cloth and zipties were bought at lowes. they each measure 18x18 inches. hope this ends my perch catching problems for the summer.
     

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  2. treemydog

    treemydog New Member

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    Billy,

    How do they work?

    I can't see the funnel, if there is one.

    Tommy
     

  3. CNTRYBOY

    CNTRYBOY New Member

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    Not real sure- but looks like there is no funnele. Looks like to me the fish go into a opening on the bottom right side.

    I need to build me a few myself.
     
  4. fishstick

    fishstick New Member

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    ok guys, sorry the pictures didnt show the funnels but they're there. here's what i did. i made 2 tubes about 10 inches in diameter and about 5 inches long. i attached them on opposing sides of the trap and then cut out the sides of the trap where i attached the tubes for an entry. then i pinched the tubes on the inside of the trap like u would pinch the center of the end of a toilet paper tube and that made 2 small openings in each funnel. here's a couple of pics of what i'm talkin about with a clothes pin pinchin the tube on the end. but instead of a clothes pin i used a ziptie to close the center. this will give u 2 throats that have 2 small openings in each throat.
     

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  5. treemydog

    treemydog New Member

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    I see said the blind man!

    Thanks Billy!
     
  6. fishstick

    fishstick New Member

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    like i said this is coach's design and i was just posting the end results. personally i was intimidated to build one before because of the throats. but these are simple to make and serve the purpose. one of these traps has 2 throats and i put 4 in the other one. the pinched throats have holes big enough for a little bigger perch to enter than the commercial jobs that i've seen. this is good for me cause i like to use perch about as big as your hand and cut them in half or maybe even 4 ths
     
  7. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Be sure to check the regs for the state where you are setting the traps. I seem to remember something about the maximum throat size for a trap being 1 1/2" in Arkansas, but I sure wouldn't swear to it.
     
  8. fishstick

    fishstick New Member

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    i'll check jerry and thanks---i dont remember seeing a limit on the throat sizes but i think that 4" is the largest perch allowed to be caught in traps.
     
  9. fishstick

    fishstick New Member

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    jerry, i checked at agfc and the throat size cant exceed 2" on perch traps. and any perch over 4" must be caught with hook and line.