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Old 04-03-2019, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by veikx View Post
I make my own out of galvanized, been using the key west style entries for a few years. two packs of zip ties from harbor freight and can make a square one in about an hour and half.

That sounds like it would be a good YouTube video, I bet you would get some good views on that project.
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:48 AM
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Originally Posted by scrapper01 View Post
Their traps are now red vinyl coated. Everything I have heard is use the non vinyl coated ones. Are their traps still any good?
Have 2, have not tested yet. I'll report back in a few weeks.

EDIT: I also have a Key West style galvanized as well, I'm going to drop both in the same location to test the difference.

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Old 04-28-2019, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by JoseG View Post
Have 2, have not tested yet. I'll report back in a few weeks.

EDIT: I also have a Key West style galvanized as well, I'm going to drop both in the same location to test the difference.
Have you had a chance to test them out?

Also, is the Key west ones being sold at Ed's in Crystal River the same ones being sold here. Bandito Key West Pinfish Trap | BanditoSpearguns?s new blog
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:58 AM
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I use the Key West style traps. The "No bait holder" is no issue, I just place the bait in a disposable chum bag.
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Gmack View Post
I just bought these:

Catchlivebait commercial model: https://www.catchlivebait.com/commer...atch-live-bait

Catchnbait jumbo: Fish Traps - Pinfish Traps, Perch/Bream Fish Trap

Key West Style: https://www.amazon.com/Bandito-TPK05...r=8-1-fkmrnull

I plan to do testing and write a review on each.

Gary
These are the exact ones Iím considering. Canít wait to read your review.
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:24 AM
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...needs 2 have the door in the corner and flush to the wall of trap
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:18 AM
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Just bought the 100 dollar version at Cudjoe Sales in Cudjoe Key and been slaying all week. Has an openning on ever side, bait in the middle, door NOT all the way on side though.
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Old 05-10-2019, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
Just bought the 100 dollar version at Cudjoe Sales in Cudjoe Key and been slaying all week. Has an openning on ever side, bait in the middle, door NOT all the way on side though.
I couldn't find this one. Do you have a link? Thank you!
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:17 PM
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Well my first test was unsuccessful. I didn't want to pull my boat to the coast twice so I ran down and tossed them from the bank just before dark. Picked them up about 7am the next morning. Used pogie, chicken leg, shrimp and some dry chum for bait. Caught 0 pinfish. Had 1 crab in each trap. The keywest trap had a ton of mud minnows in it due to the mesh being smallest. Obviously the spot I tossed them in was no good. Hope to try again next weekend.
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Old 05-11-2019, 05:17 AM
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I’ve never had luck using traps, is there a secret spot or bait? We’re headed down to Marathon end of June and I’d love to have it working for me versus using Sabikis with an inexperienced crew.
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Old 05-11-2019, 05:50 AM
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Just put trap in a grassy area with a block of chum...Easy Peezy
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:20 AM
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Ok so if I’m dropping this away from our dock what’s the keys protocol for marking the buoy? Looks like our little inlet in Marathon is pretty sandy so not expecting much... may have to put it out in sisters creek. Is an unmarked bouy ok?
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Old 05-12-2019, 06:48 AM
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I have no luck with traps. I can catch pins with a hook and bait as well as cast but they don't go in my traps. They are place right at the docks and they are the red galvanized coated ones listed above. Where do you put the bait in these? Theres no container so if you put the bait in them freely, it just goes to the edge of the trap where the fish can nibble from outside the cage.
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Lead Change View Post
Iíve never had luck using traps, is there a secret spot or bait? Weíre headed down to Marathon end of June and Iíd love to have it working for me versus using Sabikis with an inexperienced crew.
I've personally caught a ton in the grassflats behind vaca cut with a trap. Buy trap, fill with chum.
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:34 AM
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I put my traps in canal behind house I rented in marathon next morning they were full of pin fish. Put squid and sardines in them
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:47 AM
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I have found a BIG difference in the effectiveness on a head to head test between the traps sold by Cudjoe Sales and Academy Sports. Traps set maybe 20 yards apart, same bait, same depth, oriented in the current the same way, virtually the same type of spot... sandy hole in the grass, etc. Did this every day for a whole week in the channel at Little Torch Key.

The Academy trap always had way less pinfish and way more crabs than the Cudjoe Sales trap. We were truly amazed at the consistent results and the difference between the two traps.

The other thing you need to consider is how to keep it from getting raided or stolen. Set it at night to avoid prying eyes. Set a gps mark. Use a coconut or a ginger ale bottle as a marker, with a thin line and not a floating poly rope attached. The thin line is your lead line to a heavier pull rope lightly weighted to hang below the float.

This all seems ridiculous, but given the opportunity, they'll steal your bait and/or trap faster than you can say pinfish.
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by tridogs View Post
I have no luck with traps. I can catch pins with a hook and bait as well as cast but they don't go in my traps. They are place right at the docks and they are the red galvanized coated ones listed above. Where do you put the bait in these? Theres no container so if you put the bait in them freely, it just goes to the edge of the trap where the fish can nibble from outside the cage.
I put mine in a plastic bag with holes in it or a pvc pipe with holes in it. A Tupperware bin with holes could work too.
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