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Crab & Bait Traps

Crab & Bait Traps

Trapping is a passive way to catch fish, shellfish, crustaceans and cephalopods. Traps can vary, from simple structures able to hold various fish species that happen to be passing by, to highly specialised equipment such as lobster pots. Fish that enter a trap usually find it difficult to get out, due to the way the trap is formed.

Traps allow some control over the species and sizes of the fish. The trap entrance can regulate the maximum size of fish caught, while the size of the mesh can allow small fish to escape. Anaconda stocks a range of different fish traps. Please check your local regulations to see if use of them is legal in your state.

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Can I purchase crab and bait traps at Anaconda?

Yes, you can. Trapping is a passive way to catch fish, shellfish, crustaceans and cephalopods. Traps allow some control over the species and sizes of the fish you plan to catch. The trap entrance can regulate the maximum size of fish caught, while the size of the mesh can allow small fish to escape. Anaconda stocks a range of different fish traps including crab traps, opera house traps, and drop nets.

What should I look for when buying a trap?

The type of trap you need will depend on the species you want to try and catch. Make sure you study their movements, habitat, bait preferences and location to see which trap will be the most suitable. Entrance and mesh size are all-important: too large an entrance and a larger predator can swim into your trap and eat your intended catch; too large mesh means your chosen catch will escape.

What type of bait should I use in the trap?

Again, this is dependent on your chosen catch. Crab bait is generally anything from food, such as chicken necks or intestines to tins of tuna with holes punched in them, to road kill and dead fish or eels. Different baits will work in different locations, so a lot of trial and error is involved. Prawn or shrimp bait is normally a combination of commercial pellets and oils, but can also be made from some fishy cat foods, canned oily fishes (mackerel, sardines, herring), fish carcasses, and herring or anchovies.

Can I use a trap anywhere?

Australian fishing regulations vary from state to state. Some types of trap are not permitted in some areas, so make sure you check the regulations before you set out to go fishing with your trap. Other restrictions can be seasonal to avoid catching fish or shellfish in the breeding season. Fishing permits are also required in many areas.

Does Anaconda sell other types of fishing equipment?

Yes, as well as the traps found here, you will find a huge range of fishing rods, nets and other fishing equipment here at Anaconda, for fishing in all types of conditions. Take a look at the huge collection of equipment, tools, accessories, essentials and find all your fishing necessities here at Anaconda.

Netting Gaffs Traps Bait and Pumps

Here at Anaconda, we have all the equipment you’ll need to catch all sorts of aquatic wildlife whether its fish, crabs, prawns, crayfish or live bait for fishing.

Fishing Nets

Anaconda offers a wide assortment of netting equipment that have been specifically designed to catch different types of wildlife. Check out our range of fish handling nets, crab pots, cray pots and shrimp nets.

After reeling in a catch, using a landing net lets you quickly get a handle of the fish and not risk losing it before it sufficiently gets tired. You can even use the landing net while the fish is still in the water, which is important if you intend to catch and release.

Here at Anaconda, you can buy modern landing nets that use lightweight frames and handles, as well as rubber mesh nets that will help protect the fish’s protective slime layer, which it needs to prevent infections. Regular nylon nets will simply scrape off this protective slime or mucus which takes a long time to regenerate, and leaves the fish more vulnerable once it’s set free.

If you want to keep your fish as fresh as possible before coming back to shore, we carry scaler bags that allow you to tow any fish you catch behind your boat while you continue on fishing. By the time you come back to shore, the fish will already be slime and scale free and ready to clean.

Bait Accessories

Do you prefer using live bait over artificial lures? Anaconda has lots of live bait accessories that will make fishing with live bait much more convenient.

Check out the Black Magic Bait Buddy which is a fine elasticised thread that helps to keep your bait from falling off your hook. It also makes using soft baits like shellfish much easier.

Anaconda also sells bait buckets or bait holders to keep your live bait secure and within arm’s reach. We also offer waterproof aerators that help keep your bait alive while in storage.

To keep costs down, you can catch your own live bait instead of having to constantly buy them from a bait and tackle shop. All you need is a bait pump, and you can collect your own bait ranging from fresh yabbies, sand worms, beach worms, wriggler worms to pipis. We also sell washer kits that contain a wide range of different washer sizes so you can repair any bait pump on your own.

Crab Pots, Cray Pots and Shrimp Nets

Crabbing and prawning are both extremely fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. You don’t need a lot of equipment or invest a huge sum to get started. Check out our selection of very affordable crab pots, cray pots and shrimp nets from top brands like Wilson and Jarvis Walker. Anaconda also sells poly rope of different lengths so you don’t end up leaving your crab traps and cray pots in the bottom of ocean.

We also offer other essential crabbing accessories like bait bags and pouches, so your bait doesn’t get entirely eaten up while crabs are stuck in your trap. If you’re laying down multiple crab traps, we also sell floats or buoys that allow you to mark where the traps are located. Anaconda also sells crabbing ID kits that come with waterproof tags and markers, so you can properly label your traps and let everyone else know who it belongs to.

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