Making a Custom Minnow Trap

Discussion in 'Catfishing Library' started by TA2D, May 5, 2006.

  1. TA2D

    TA2D New Member

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    Here is my custom trap and a walk through on how I did it, if there are any questions, just ask.

    Materials needed:
    1/4 inch galvanized mesh
    tarred twine or zipties
    Dremel or other cutting tool
    PATIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    For pieces of galvanized you will need:
    4- 6"x14"
    4- 6"x6 1/4"
    1- 8"x8"

    How I do it!

    1. Take the 8"x8" and cut a square inch from every corner

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    2. Take the 8"x8" and fold the edges up at one inch

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    3. Once finished, the piece should look something like this

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    4. Get the 6"x14" pieces and attach them to the end piece

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    5. This adds a slight bit of structure to the trap

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    6. This is where I started my lock stitch

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    7. When stitching, start and get the end panel in place and stich around.

    8. Start stitching the sides in place, leave about 5 squares for the funnel

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    9. When finished with the sides, it should look similar to this

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    10. Now start on the funnel, get the 6"x6 1/4" inch pieces and follow the pattern, leave on inch at the top, then it is one square over and 2 down for the cuts

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    11. You should have four pieces that look like this

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    12. Take two of the pieces and lay one on top of the other and start the stitching at the narrow end of the pieces til you get to the 1 inch section and stop there​

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  2. TA2D

    TA2D New Member

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    13. When finished the funnel should look like this

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    14. Take and place the funnel in the end of the trap, and start to stich with the twine from the sides

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    15. Stitch around the top, and you will be 90% done! Should look like this

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    16. Now cut a hole in one of the sides which will become the top, for your access door, mine is 2 1/2" square. Then take a piece of mesh 3" square for the door and stitch it on one side for a hinge.

    17. This is an optional step, you can cut a small hole in the back end of the trap and make a bait box that will fit in the opening. If you create a bait box, make another door to cover the opening and stitch on one side.

    There you have it, I should have taken some more pics, but got caught up in the fabrication, and wanted to get it done. The instructions here are for a MINI style trap, here is a comparison shot next to my trap for the give away The standard is 8"x8"x18" the MINI is 6"x6"X14"

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    Thanks for looking

    TA2D

    Aaron