This step by step tutorial of how to build a collapsible Crawfish trap project is a great way to frugally create traps that can be repeatedly use to catch food to feed your family. Crawfish, also known as crayfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, or mudbugs, are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters will swim into the traps waiting to be harvested.
If you have never had the pleasure of going out and catching your own food, then you are seriously missing out. There is something about being able to hunt and catch what you will soon be eating. Crawfish, also known as crayfish, are small crustacean freshwater creatures that resemble small lobsters or a very large bug. Because they breathe through small gills they are found in a variety of bodies of water. Wherever they live, they mainly feed on dead animals and plants in the area. They are also a popular food dish that is actually served globally.
If you live in any area that happens to be a crawfish habitat, and you are looking to catch your own, you can make your own trap that will help with that. All you need are a few supplies and a few minutes in order to finish it. What you will want to pick up is; 3’x25′ roll of plastic poultry netting 3/4″ mesh, 60-70 zip ties or hog rings, hog ring pliers, industrial scissors, wire cutters, wire coat hanger or wire, tape measure, 1lb-1.5lbs of fish weights, string, and 1 large binder clip.
You will want to start making your trap by cutting the poultry netting into a three foot long piece. They you need to roll it so that you have 1 line of mesh overlapping. From here, you can use 3 zip ties and place one at each end and one in the middle. Then you will want to start placing zip ties on each section of the mesh until it is secure. Then cut off the ends. Turn the trap so that the zip ties are all down the middle and then close up the trap by using a zip tie at each end in the middle of the trap. You can then add zip ties to the bottom. Cut off the ends and fold in the corners. This end is done.
For the other end, take the trap and around and start placing zip ties on it to secure it and then cut the ends off. Then fold the open corner over and secure it with the binder clip. This is where you dump out the crawfish when you catch them.
On the side opposite of the trap, place 2 sections of weights using the string. Then you need to take your wire and on one end, wrap it around the mesh, then take the other end and make a loop. This part will blow the trap back up after it unfolds and the loop you made will help you fold it back up. To finish, just tie the string to the bottom of the trap which makes it easier for you to find your trap in the water. This simple trap will help you to start trapping all of the yummy crawfish for you to eat later.
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