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How often do you need to check the traps? Bait? How deep? Anyone got a few to sell?
 

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When I ran traps, we checked in every 24 hours. And was prepared to add bait
In 6 to 10 feet.

A lot of commercial crabbers like to put their traps right outside of the channel.
 

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We catch more big male crabs in and around brackish creeks. Edges of oyster bars and around rocks or rubble are good too.
 

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Make sure when you buy traps that the crimps are ss. Otherwise you will be replacing the crimps before you know it. Big box stores= carbon steel crimps. I get mine from Brunson Net in Foley. He's been in business since dirt was discovered (second generation). Get the 2'x2'x2' trap.
 

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Just about every crabber I've ever known likes pogies (gulf menhaden) for bait. You can use any kind of fish from hardheads to ladyfish but oily and bloody is best.
 

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Seems like I read on here recently that traps now have to have a section of steel mesh so if they get lost, the plain steel section will rust out and not trap fish.
 

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That or a section of jute twine, 3 escape rings, gotta have your info attached to the trap and a 6 inch buoy with an R on it. They also want your Social Security #, a major credit card and a $10,000 cash deposit.
 

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Just about right! I have applied for and received my permit from the FWC for 5 traps.
 
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