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Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by solomon, Nov 5, 2005.
Anyone here do any slat box fishing?
I use a slat box in the spring sometimes. Works great for eating size fish.
more info please. i either don't know of these or heard different names. what are they (how do they work?)
slat baskets, slat boxes, slat traps, wood traps, etc... Just a rectangular shaped box made of wood slats with gaps between. Has two throats inside that lead to a holding area in the back where the fish end up. Has a door on the side towards the back to get the fish out.
kind of sounds like a bigger version of my crawdad traps. nope. never used one . a guy i know caught a 51# flathead from a box trap. i think it was a little different than heses though.
Must have been. A 51 pound flathead wouldn't fit in one.
try fishnetco or memphis net and twine as i think their online catalogs have pictures of them. (slat traps)
i used to use slats but now use wirenet traps exclusively. if they are legal where you live then id suggest them instead of the wooden slats. there isnt a single aspect of wooden slats that i know of that isnt surpassed by the wirenets. exponentially easier to use, handle, bait, check, carry around, etc etc etc...
any given day from fall thru spring ill always have at least a couple out in the water somewhere. one thing about the traps tho, speaking in generalities ill say the trap will either be slap full or empty. rarely do i find one with only a few fish in it. the take on a good day is about 10 to 20 eater blues or channels in around the two to four lb range. some baby cats too and the rare big fish. i do know of also much larger fish getting stuck in the throats of the traps. if you get a flathead in the trap its cause it was after a smaller fish already in the trap.
another thing is that trap placement is critical. you can move an unproductive trap just a short distance and hit the jackpot. move them around after a couple days in each spot till you find the fish. when the harvest slacks off then move it again.
ya. this was just a big wooden box they put in the lake for cover. then they swim down and feel in the box to check it.
Fish traps are prohibited in Missouri.
you can run traps in Mississippi but you have to have a commercial license. I've used the wire traps before, but I've always had problems with them silting in, which makes them real tough to get out. Last time I ran em this summer, one of them had three turtles, a mocassin, and a beaver in it, and it was full of sand. Ruined trap.
I have used hoop nets before with great success. Check laws on mesh sizes and lengths. They work great here.