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Post Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:16 am    Post subject: What are the best crab pots ?

Been using mesh collapsible ones for ages are the steel ones worth the coin or effort to build ... both types will still get chewed by 4m salties and thieving scum would pounce on new steel mesh like the pros use if left overnight as they are already a problem with the 10 dollar ones in the harbour nowadays ... :evil:

Just after a few opinions on durability and rust issues once they are back in the shed. Do anodes help much ? Or is paint a better option?

I will be guarding the creek mouth if we set out a full 10 brand newies from now on to reduce the risk of share farmers. At least the steel ones won't get slashed open :(

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Post Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:02 am    Post subject: Re: What are the best crab pots ?

I made solid galved mech pots. Rust not an issue yet 5 yrs. It was a prickly job as dealing with mesh is not nice and no plan.They do not fold but I have a big boat. The only one gone so far is one I ran over So far crocks have been kind to them. I hate crabing so I tend to leave them and get on with fishing. At goulbourne island I use 2 x metal rings with prawn tralwer mesh as I check them every 20 min and usually bag out.

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Post Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:18 pm    Post subject: Re: What are the best crab pots ?

I reckon simple drop dillies are under-rated, if you are willing to work them :mrgreen:

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Post Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:35 pm    Post subject: Re: What are the best crab pots ?

Steel mesh pots are best but a pain in the arrs in the boat, made some well over 10 years ago, just need to replace the tubing and plastic openings every now and again, share farmers will take either but i will usually dump them on the way out, go fishing and pick up whats left on the way home,


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:17 am    Post subject: Re: What are the best crab pots ?

Drop dillies work well if you check them regularly or try these...http://www.hayespots.net/products.


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:57 pm    Post subject: Re: What are the best crab pots ?

mako wrote:
Drop dillies work well if you check them regularly or try these...http://www.hayespots.net/products.


I agree mako, dillies always prove to work well if worked properly, they'll out crab a set pot any day 8)


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What are the best crab pots ?

Cheers for the replies. :mrgreen:

Each different design its has pros and cons :mrgreen:

I got given a few of the hayes all nighters like on makos link and they seem to be going well and holding up OK to the odd keen saltie much better than the rectangular collapsible ones but a bit over 5 times the cost and the only downside apart from the cost that i have noticed is that they dont fold down quite as small when on the deck on the way out and back.

The good ol' Drop Dillies do go well from memory :mrgreen: but like mentioned above they are much harder work too. Unfortunately I have found the baits get done over by the saltwater crocs all the time. In some spots we have a few in the 2-3m class that follow us around waiting for their next free meal in some areas that must get potted regularly. They have the bait revoval trick down to a fine art .... :evil:

I am much like fish4me123 in the way that I would much rather be fishing for big barra instead, then I pull back in to check the pots for a few bonuses on the way back home. Rather than dedicate an entire trip to smashing through the mangrove forest and dealing with the inevitable boat full of leaves, sticks and other associated debris. :banghead:

:lol: (Must be getting old and a bit soft hey)


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:46 pm    Post subject: Re: What are the best crab pots ?

I have 5 of those pots above for sale, brand new, only used once.

I paid $55 each for them, if your interested make me an offer :cheers:


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:51 am    Post subject: Re: What are the best crab pots ?

Never given the dillies a go, only the square and round mesh. When I go crabbing I always work the pots pretty hard. I’ve given up on trying to go on fishing and crabbing trips, and now focus on just one. If crabbing, will run the boat limit of pots. Set them out, have a quick beer, then run through and set them again. I remember reading a study probably ten years ago where they found crabs were actually able to get in and out of pots so the dillies make sense but once again I haven’t tried them. Don’t have any dramas with share farmers as I always stay at the run, only issue is crocs.


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