Tips for Setting Your Crab Trap Tips for Setting Your Crab Trap

What You'll Need
Trap weights
Chicken bait
Disposal gloves
A sharp knife
Light weight fishing line
A rope
A fishing license

A crab trap will help you catch this popular shellfish without much hassle. Most crab traps are wire mesh containers. These traps are easy to make, set and maintain. 

Step 1 – Weighting the Trap

Put the weights inside your crab trap. They will keep the trap positioned properly underwater. 

Step 2 – Preparing the Bait

Put on your disposable gloves. Cut the chicken into small pieces about three inches in length.

Step 3 – Baiting the Trap

Open the top of the crab trap. Tie a length of fishing line around a piece of the chicken bait. Tie the other end of the line to the crab trap. The fishing line attaching the bait to the trap should be about half of the length of the crab trap you are using. The fishing line should be tied tightly with strong knots to the bait and to the trap. 

Step 4 – Securing the Trap

Tie one end of your rope to the trap. Tie the other end of the rope to a stable support. The support can be a boat or a pier. The rope you are using should allow the trap to get to the bottom of the area you are fishing. 

Step 5 – Lowering the Trap

Place the trap in the water. Be sure to follow the fishing laws and regulations in the area regarding the number and location of traps you can legally set. Leave the traps to sit at the bottom of the water without being moved. Any movement of the trap could potentially scare the crab away. 

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