Seafood is one of the most favorite foods for many of us. Starting from fish to seashells, it always reminds you of that ocean vibe whenever you eat it. Crawfish competes in this category. It quite resembles the qualities of a shrimp, prawn and lobsters. It’s juicy, savory and perfect for outdoor dinners.
If you’ve been meaning to catch lots of it, all you need to have is an effective trap to set-up and catch those yummy crawfish. Here we will show you on how to set-up your very own crawfish trap for your next seafood broil.
Gather all the important materials and tools
DIY can be fun but challenging as well, if you don’t have the right materials for the activity or project. Make sure you have the following materials listed down below to ensure a successful catch.
For your crawfish trap, you will need the following below:
- 5 liter of plastic bottles (at least 2-3 bottles, the more the merrier)
- 2 meters of string rope
- 8 inches of chicken wire (the ones used for building chicken coop)
- Rubber bands (bring extras just in case you need more)
- 6-inch size of chains
- Zip ties
- Measuring tape
- Black marker
- Wire cutters
- Nose pliers
Making the crawfish trap
1. Building the Main Body
- Make sure to observe safety and wear gloves to protect your hands from sharp materials and tools. Always practice safety first for every project that deals possible risks.
- Grab your chicken wire and measuring tape. Measure the chicken wire for a size of 45 squares x 40 squares. You can label it with a black marker to serve as a guide on where you should cut the wire. Always check your measurements at least twice to ensure preciseness.
- You will need to grab the wire cutter and carefully cut the desired size based on the measurements you did earlier. For the chicken wire scraps or leftovers, store it for next usage or keep it away to avoid accidents or reach from children and pets.
- Then, take the chicken wire and roll it up like a cylinder shape. Roll it lengthwise.
- To lock the chicken wire and achieve its cylinder form, lock the ends with zip ties. Make sure to overlap the ends of the chicken wire to ensure that there are no holes and the tie can put perfect support in sealing the wire. Tie it all up one at a time ensuring that each tie is strong and grips perfectly. Tie it up at least 4-5 ties or until it feels strong enough and doesn’t get loose when you try to pull it apart.
- Notice that there are extra strings from the zip ties. Cut those out using a wire cutter while leaving enough space from the knot you did to avoid loosening the tie. Discard the extra zip ties or store it for future use.
- Set the cylinder aside for later and proceed to the next step.
2. Proceed by Making the Trap’s Sides
- Grab the rest of the chicken wire and measuring tape again and cut two more cylinder-shaped wires. Cut them out with a size of 20 squares x 20 squares.
- Use the wire cutter to cut the chicken wire. Before cutting it, make sure you double check whether the size was correct or not.
- Take the first 20×20 chicken wire that you just cut. Take a black marker and mark an “X” on it. Start from the corners of the wire square. You can use a ruler to ensure preciseness of the lines. Make sure that the X looks perfect and meets on the center of the wire square.
- You will need to form a cone shape from these two chicken wires. The purpose of the X is to guide you on cutting it perfectly. To shape it like a cone, first you’ll need to cut one corner of the X up to the center.
- From that cutting, pull each of the ends over the other wire. Keep pulling the ends until it gets tighter and almost forming like a cone.
- After continuous pulling from the ends of the chicken wire, you should see a cone-shaped chicken wire by now. Then, you will need to take the other cylinder and have the tip of your cone wire inserted inside the cylinder.
- Check if the tip of the cone is at least 2-3 inches inside the cylinder. Once it’s positioned correctly, tie the cone with some zip ties. Just do one tie and cut the extra strings leaving enough space from the knot.
- Then, get your wire cutter and cut the tip of the cone. This should serve as a hole that would lead inside the cylinder. Cut at least 2 inches in diameter.
- Return the cone to the cylinder and tie it on the sides. Do at least 5-6 ties to make sure that the cone is secure enough inside the cylinder. Cut the ends or the extras from the tie leaving enough space from the knot.
- You can check it by trying to fit your hand inside. The purpose of this hole is to have the crawfish go inside the trap easy peasy but will not be able to go out from the trap if it tries to.
- Do the same process for the second 20×20 chicken wire. Just follow instructions 5-10 and ensure that the other end is durable the same as the other side.
3. Make the Trap Handles
- Grab your chains to make a handle for your trap. Measure it and it should be at least 5 inches in size.
- Open the other end of the chain and have it grip to the center of the trap. Use pliers to tighten the clamp. Test it again to make sure it’s holding strongly.
4. Making a Hole from the Trap
- Cut a hole of at least 3-4 squares going down from the chain handle with a size of 8×8. This will be for accessing your freshly caught crawfish.
- Cut another wire from the extra chicken wires size 10×10. This will serve as a door for your trap. Make sure that it’s overlapping the whole, to ensure that the crawfish will be secured inside.
- Then attach the door using the zip ties. Do at least 2-3 ties or until the door is well secured. Cut the extra strings from the zip ties.
- Then create a latch for your door by cutting one piece of chain from the extras you have.
- Get one rubber band and insert it inside the chain and tie it nicely.
- Slip the wire onto the trap door and loop it nicely. Pull the loop by locking it tightly onto the door.
- Create at least 2 latches onto the door. Just follow the same steps for making the second latch.
- Test the trap if it’s durable enough before setting it up in the water.
There you go! You finally have your own crawfish trap on your next catching adventure. Keep in mind that the trap above is only made for catching crawfish. It might not be suitable for catching other seafood. Enjoy!
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