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bodger

Eel traps are now useless.

As mentioned earlier, eels are now protected and you can't take any that you catch. This means the traps are now useless. I've got a couple of them and I'm thinking of putting them to an alternative use. We are fortunate in not having any signal crayfish in the area, so I'm thinking of using them in the sea for shrimps and prawns.The problem that i'm having, is in trying to figure out how if at all possible that I can put enough weight in the traps to get them to hold bottom and stop them from wandering off.
Woodsmoke

How about a piece of concrete paving slab laced into the bottom? I would've thought that would help ballast the trap quite well? It wouldn't be too bulky either  
bodger

I don't think that its quite as simple as that. There's one of the traps top right of this picture


Border

Try lead core rope as used in gill nets.
Woodsmoke

bodger wrote:
I don't think that its quite as simple as that


Ah. I thought they were perhaps the older wicker-type traps  
bodger

The material would rip if I put any concrete into it, so it is a bit of a problem.
Border

Did you get your eel traps sorted Bodger?
Crow wing

Construct a wooden (or steel) framework within which the trap is located. Screw pieces of steel plate to two of the lengths of timbers to provide weight and also to ensure it sits on the bottom the right way up each time.
Crow wing

Alternately, bait up with a large whole mackerel and target a slightly different type of eel.



This one was part of a catch of 25 conger taken the last time I was out. All of which went back to grow bigger for another day.
NZPOME

Why are eels protected? 'Orrible slimy things!
sapphire

NZPOME wrote:
Why are eels protected? 'Orrible slimy things!


was going to ask the same thing  
Bazzer

In danger due to the overfishing of elvers on their run into fresh water.
NZPOME

It's the Cockneys I feel sorry for!  

I mean what are they gonna use for jellied eels now?

   
Bazzer

'adn't fort of that.
LynneA

They'll just have to eat Chicken Tikka Masala, like every other day
Bazzer

     

Typical the posh norf don't care about the rough bit's staple diet. What ever next Pie, Mash & Liquor on ration. Only allowed two Pies?.
NZPOME

Annnnd they won't be allowed to wear track suits anymore either!

Wot is this world coming to I ask yer!
Bazzer

Cor blimey Mary it's a Pearly.
NZPOME

Poor bleedahs will get 'emselves intah a raht 2 & 8 aye guvnah!
Bazzer

Miss, please Miss, Luton Lil's off topic Miss. Naughty step miss?

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