If you want to learn how to crab, you need to learn how to use a crab trap.
Today we will go over exactly how a crab trap works, and then you will be able to start your crabbing adventure.
After all, crab fishing is an excellent outdoor activity. In fact, it is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the US!
But whether you are fishing for fun or fishing for dinner, it is essential to understand how to use a crab trap. If not, it is very unlikely that you will catch any crabs at all.
Thankfully learning how to crab isn’t difficult at all – and once you get the hang out it, you should easily be able to catch multiple crabs in one day.
It is also possible to buy crab nets for kids, so you can make crabbing a fun family adventure!
Using a Crab Trap
Buying the Right Materials
It is very easy to use a crab trap. This is because the fishing process is very simple, as it doesn’t require much human effort.
All you need to do is buy a trap (or alternatively you can make your own), some bait, a line, a rope, a buoy, and you should be good to go!
Just make sure that you choose a weighted line, and this will sink in the water with the trap.
If you decide you want to try making your own trap, you will need to buy crab pot building materials.
This includes new crab pots, a crab trap line weight, a crabbing tackle, and a net.
If you want you can try making a crab net, but this is quite difficult; many people get the size of the holes in the net wrong, which makes it harder to contain the crabs. This is why most people choose to buy a complete crab fishing kit instead!
There are lots of crab trap manufacturers to choose from, and traps are cheap and easy to buy.
Attaching the Bait
Once you have bought these things, you can hang the bait inside the trap using the rope. Some traps already come with a line attached inside, but with others, you will need to attach the line yourself.
Once you have done this you can attach bait to the line. Razor clams are a popular option as they are already part of the crab’s natural diet, but you can also use fish.
Either way, it can be useful to cut the bait in half, as this will give off a stronger smell, which in turn will attract more crabs.
Make sure that you tie the bait securely, as strong sea currents can easily dislodge it!
Attaching the Trap to a Buoy
Once the trap is ready, you can attach a long rope to the top, and then attach this to the buoy.
It can be useful to choose a bright buoy, as this will make it much easier for you to find it later.
Dropping the Trap
Now your trap is ready, so all you need to do is take it to the sea and drop it to the seafloor
While this basic guide is useful, if you really want to succeed with crab fishing you should also learn a few tricks of the trade.
This will vastly increase your chances of a successful crab hunt!