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Old 03-15-2017, 05:38 PM   #1
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After seeing online prices of $75+ after shipping I decided to build my own. Fish don't stand a chance if this thing works! Hardware cloth and zip ties. $17 bucks and 2 hours.
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:43 PM   #2
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I'll give ya $20 bucks for it.







We going Saturday?
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Old 03-15-2017, 07:06 PM   #3
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I used one similar to that a few years ago that a friend let me borrow. If you have a good bait pond, it'll catch 50-100 at a time. Best trap I've ever used. His only had there entry holes, but there was a separate compartment where the bait cylinder is that had a cone entrance. Kinda like a trap inside a trap. One thing about the zip ties though, they don't weather very well. They will become brittle.
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Old 03-15-2017, 07:16 PM   #4
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I've made a few like that and instead of zip ties used hog rings. They work like a charm.


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Old 03-15-2017, 08:37 PM   #5
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I'll give ya $20 bucks for it.







We going Saturday?
Yep and hopefully with some perch!
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:41 PM   #6
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Yea I need to find some aluminum clips like they use on squirrel traps. Anybody know where to get them? TSC ain't got em.
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:46 PM   #7
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I made one like that but with metal clips instead of wire ties and it will fill up with bait in a hurry!
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:52 PM   #8
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You fishing Lake Pat? I was out there today.
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:01 PM   #9
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Nicely done !

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Old 03-15-2017, 11:04 PM   #10
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Most feed stores have the j clips and the pliers to make cages from hardware cloth, I make my own varmit cages in San Antonio Locke hill feed has them


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Old 03-15-2017, 11:41 PM   #11
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My grandfather showed my cousins and I how to build one like that when we were growing up. It worked great until one day we caught a cotton mouth in it. My cousin and I blew holes in it with a 410 trying to kill that snake.
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:36 AM   #12
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You fishing Lake Pat? I was out there today.
Nope. I usually head to Whitney.
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:47 AM   #13
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I have made a bunch in the past. I use crab trap rings mostly with the rabbit cage clips as hinges for door and hog rings on the corners. Yes, they will catch a snake. 20 ft. piece of cloth will make 2.
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Old 03-16-2017, 09:12 AM   #14
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It works well and all you need for bait is a crumbled up piece of aluminum foil! The glitter from the light hitting it really attracts the bream!
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Old 03-16-2017, 09:19 AM   #15
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It works well and all you need for bait is a crumbled up piece of aluminum foil! The glitter from the light hitting it really attracts the bream!
Really? I baited mine with range cubes.
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Old 03-16-2017, 11:21 AM   #16
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Yea I need to find some aluminum clips like they use on squirrel traps. Anybody know where to get them? TSC ain't got em.
Amazon has the pliers for like 8 bucks and a 1 lb bag of clips for $5. I dont know how many clips is in a pound but it would have to be more than enough for 2 or 3 traps...
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Old 03-16-2017, 11:27 AM   #17
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P7 stapler and hog rings will replace those zip ties very easily. Lots of uses otherwise.
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Old 03-16-2017, 01:19 PM   #18
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Yea I need to find some aluminum clips like they use on squirrel traps. Anybody know where to get them? TSC ain't got em.
Might try the feed store in Joshua, or Mann Ag (or whatever they call it now)?
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Old 03-16-2017, 09:26 PM   #19
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Amazon has the pliers for like 8 bucks and a 1 lb bag of clips for $5. I dont know how many clips is in a pound but it would have to be more than enough for 2 or 3 traps...
Just ordered some.
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Nope. I usually head to Whitney.
I was on Whitney the day before.

A sailboat capsized on Lake Pat while I was out there yesterday. Had fire and water rescue there, and other first responders. All persons were accounted for. No one injured or lost. Just a little cold. Water rescue had to break the mast off so they could flip the boat upright and tow it back.
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Old 03-16-2017, 11:38 PM   #21
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Trap looks great by the way.
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:08 AM   #22
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Trap looks great by the way.
It works. Checked it yesterday and already had a dozen or so in it.
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:11 AM   #23
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Lots of memories building those with my granddad. The zip tie idea is great, would have save my fingers from tying them together with wire lol.
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:16 AM   #24
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Yea I need to find some aluminum clips like they use on squirrel traps. Anybody know where to get them? TSC ain't got em.
I got my clips and tool at Home Depot.
Make sure the funnel opening is not any larger than is allowed by TPWD rules if you are going to use it in public waters.
I bait mine with 20% cattle cubes in a little basket suspended inside.
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:43 AM   #25
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It works well and all you need for bait is a crumbled up piece of aluminum foil! The glitter from the light hitting it really attracts the bream!
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Really? I baited mine with range cubes.

Tear up a Styrofoam cup into big chunks (large enough they won't float thru the hardware cloth holes) and a slice of bread. The bread will attract the perch and once the bread is gone, the styrofoam will continue to attract more... they think it's bread.

Remember, the inlet openings can not be any larger than 1" X 3" each.

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Old 03-17-2017, 09:48 AM   #26
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Great job! We figured out years ago it wasn't anywhere near cost affective to buy the traps with how easy they are to make. They are some dangerous suckers though when you're cutting them out. That mesh will poke the crap out of you! lol
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:05 PM   #27
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Dividends!
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:29 PM   #28
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Dividends!
Awesome!!

I might have missed it but what did you use for bait?

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Old 03-18-2017, 09:40 PM   #29
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Awesome!!

I might have missed it but what did you use for bait?
Perch
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:30 PM   #30
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That's about what I got last Wed on Lake Pat. Used med shiners.

Any females? I had all male fish. Wish I had bought more than 1.5 doz shiners. The grass ate half of my bait.
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:52 PM   #31
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Wad up a slice of bread for bait and in and hour or so you will be filled up if you have a good perch tank. I have four and i will get 3 dozen or so in 15 minutes.
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Old 03-23-2017, 12:44 AM   #32
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Ive used the same design, had a chunk of Styrofoam for bait. Curiosity lure,clean and it works.
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Old 03-23-2017, 11:59 PM   #33
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After seeing online prices of $75+ after shipping I decided to build my own. Fish don't stand a chance if this thing works! Hardware cloth and zip ties. $17 bucks and 2 hours.
How you made this?

And you have a cute dog. My eyes fall for him.
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:42 AM   #34
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I believe the metal clips are called J clips. Can usually buy them at TSC in the chicken wire section. They even make a pair of pliers that puts them on
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Old 03-24-2017, 01:03 PM   #35
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My TSC quit carrying the J-clips. They didn't move enough to justify carrying them any more. And their hog-rings are to large for cages, and varmint guards. I've used them for building varmint guards with 1"x2" mesh. My local Hm Depot doesn't have the J-clips either.

But Joshua Feed has them and the pliers.

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Old 03-24-2017, 02:35 PM   #36
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I'd be curious to know how you did it as well. Looks like a great design!
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Old 04-19-2017, 05:14 PM   #37
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What size hog rings or j clips are yall using, and were are yall getting them at?
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Old 04-19-2017, 05:28 PM   #38
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I have noticed on the one I built that I have better luck checking it a couple hours after I put it out. Seems like if I leave it overnight some must figure out how to get out.
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I need to know how to build this!!!! Anyone have any plans, drawing, guidelines of some kind?


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Old 04-19-2017, 10:22 PM   #40
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I need to know how to build this!!!! Anyone have any plans, drawing, guidelines of some kind?


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I used this one...

http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showt...Build-Yourself
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Bait come out a good size?
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