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Fish Traps here at Catch N Bait Supply Co. are some of the finest Live Bait Fish Traps made in America. Live Bait Fish Traps are one of our biggest specialties making the art of catching live bait very easy. Below are a list of the most commonly asked fish trapping questions and answers to help provide you with the best information for deciding which Live Bait & Pinfish Traps are best for you.

Q. I already have a Live Bait Fish Trap, how is yours better?
A. In several ways, our Live Bait Fish Traps are much better than the typical bait fish traps. We have larger and taller entries than most bait fish traps to make it easy for bait fish to enter, a deeper fish trap entry to make it difficult for bait fish to figure out how to get back out of the bait fish trap and a large bait container in the middle for holding larger amounts of food in the bait fish trap. We also have "Exit Walls" available that confuse the bait fish by not letting them see the exit opening from just about anywhere in the trap. (More explained below on "Exit Walls") All of these live bait trapping tips add up to make a huge difference when comparing to other cheaply made live bait fish trap models.

Q. What does the "Exit Wall" mean on your Bait Fish Traps?
A. We are the originator of this design and also the only company that make these styles of live bait fish traps. The "Exit Wall" was added to our bait fish traps with the intent to help confuse the live bait fish by not letting them see a direct opening to the bait fish traps exit. We've made the exit wall in such a way that the live bait fish would have to pass between the exit wall and the exit hole then make a sharp left or right turn fitting through the opening. The opening can only be seen by the bait fish at the very last second making it very difficult to figure out how to exit the bait fish traps. We recommend this design especially for those fisherman that have intentions on leaving their live bait fish traps out for more than 24 hours. This exit wall will help contain most of your live bait fish from escaping as your food becomes eaten inside all of your bait fish traps. This is an excellent design and highly recommended even for short-term use.

Q. I've never used a Live Bait Fish Trap, are they easy to use?
A. Using Catch N Bait Fish Traps has got to be one of the easiest possible ways for catching hundreds of fresh live bait fish over and over without any mess. Simply drop our powerful Live Bait Trap Food Formula in your bait fish trap then pull your bait fish trap between 2-24 hrs depending on the quantity of live bait in your bait fish traps area. Dump your live bait fish in your livewell and you're instantly ready to start live bait fishing on your favorite fishing spots.

Q. Are your Live Bait Fish Traps very heavy for my kids to use?
A. Catch N Bait Fish Traps are very lightweight and kids love using these bait fish traps because it is an easy way for them to participate and catch their own live bait. Most uses for kids would be around dock spaces and areas close to shore so they can monitor their own bait fish traps for catching many live bait fish. The Grass Flat Special or the Midsize Fisherman's Classic would be an excellent choice. (Grass Flat Special has a smaller 1/2"x1" mesh so kids can catch small baitfish as well).

Q. I put my Live Bait Fish Traps out and didn't catch anything, why?
A. Live Bait Fish Traps work in the same manner as Cast Nets do. Cast Nets and Bait Fish Traps work extremely well as long as the bait fish are in that spot. Live bait are not always schooling on every grass flat or spot that you put your bait fish traps. The best test is to try and catch the specific live bait fish that you're after by using small hooks and line. When you have been successful with finding populated areas of the bait fish that you're after, simply drop your live bait fish trap in this spot. If there are a lot of pinfish, spots, perch etc. in this area, you can be assured within a few hours your live bait fish traps will start filling up.

Q. I want to catch the most live bait fish in the fastest bait fish catching traps possible, what do you recommend?
A. Our 3 fastest Bait Fish Traps that catch the most bait fish within the shortest amount of time is our Midsize Fisherman's Classic, Jumbo Plus, and Live Bait Condo. The Midsize is our most popular because of it's perfect handling size and it's performance. The Jumbo works the same way but being that it has a little taller entry, more live bait fish seem to enter a little quicker as well as being larger for live bait fish holding capacity. The Live Bait Condo is made specifically for those areas that are considered to be live bait fish "Gold Mines" in which live baitfish are stacked up on these prime spots. These locations are usually live bottom or grassy areas that hundreds of live bait fish are seen at a time. Also, prime locations would include those areas that hold "bait stealers", meaning nuisance areas that steal your small baits like shrimp when trying to fish for your bigger game. Ideally, this is where you would want to place all bait fish trap models but the Live Bait Condo was specifically designed for these "Gold Mine" areas.

Q. What is the advantage or disadvantage for a 2 Entry or 4 Entry Bait Fish Trap?
A. The more entries that bait fish traps have, the more ways for bait fish to enter the bait fish traps. It is not extremely important to concentrate on how many entries that a trap has, as much as it is important to look at the style of the fish traps entry. We like a big coned bait fish trap entry to make it extremely easy for live bait fish to figure out how to enter our bait fish traps by one simple swim around the baitfish trap. Keep in mind that the more entries that bait fish traps have, these will also become "exit" points when the bait fish decide they want to leave the trap. Studies have shown that most aggressive live bait fish swim a complete circle and find the entry rather quickly, whether it has one bait fish entry or 4 bait fish entries to the traps. In some instances when bait fish can become finicky, the more entries that a trap has, it can definitely increase results by making it easy for baitfish to enter. It is always recommended that the more entries that a trap has, the sooner that a bait fish trap would need to be pulled to remove live bait fish. When bait fish finish eating, they eventually will try and figure out ways to get out, so the more entries, the more exits. This is why that we recommend our Live Bait Condo, which has 4 entries, to only be put on known high populated areas so the bait fish trap can be pulled in just a matter of hours, ideally between 2-6 Hrs.

Q. What kind of entry would one look for in Live Bait Fish Traps?
A. We like a tall, deep entry to our Live Bait Fish Traps. The taller the entry means that the bait fish swim around the sides of the trap instead of on top of the trap trying to figure out how to get in. The deeper the entry means that there is less chance visually for the bait fish to see the exit opening when trying to escape. Bait fish spend time in the bait fish traps corners trying to get back out. You can imagine, the deeper the coned entry, the deeper the corner, in return meaning more effective bait fish catches in your bait fish traps.

Q. I want to catch very small baits for catching trout, etc., what Live Bait Fish Trap do you recommend?
A. The best trap for catching smaller live bait is the Grass Flat Special. It is specifically designed for trapping smaller live bait, built with 1/2"x1" mesh. This is a great little trap for catching a variety of all smaller live bait because of its small mesh size. This live bait fish trap was designed to catch those perfect small to medium size live baits for catching trout, redfish, snapper etc.

Q. I want to catch large live baits such as squirrel fish, porgies, croakers, small grunts etc, what Live Bait Fish trap do you recommend?
A. If you're going strictly after the Big Bait, your best choice of traps would be the Jumbo Fisherman Plus and the Live Bait Condo. The Jumbo would be your best all around choice for trapping big live bait if you plan on leaving your trap out for more than 12 hrs. The Jumbo has 2 large coned entries for catching live bait which in turn only gives the bait fish 2 places to exit the trap. The "exit wall" version is not recommended for extra large live bait fish (8" or more) because the exit wall makes it more difficult for the live bait to enter. The exit wall is a great feature which holds bait in the trap effectively but not designed for extra large bait fish (Exit wall explained in detail above). The Live Bait Condo is a great bait fish trap for catching all sizes of bait fish which does not even have the exit wall feature. This trap is designed specifically for short term trapping, ideally 6 hrs or less because of it's 4 way entry. The 4 way entry is designed for the trap to fill up very quickly on high populated areas but because of its design, it must be pulled before live bait fish start trying to escape at the 4 entries.

Q. I live on the water and have a dock, will your Live Bait Fish Traps work here?
A. Using Catch N Bait Fish traps at docksides has got to be one of the most popular methods for trapping many live bait fish effectively. It requires little or no effort by simply baiting your trap and setting it on the bottom waiting for hungry bait fish to swim in your trap. These live bait fish traps work only as good as the conditions which surround your bait fish traps. Prime areas for these bait fish traps would be small patches of grass nearby or at least it be known that many live bait fish are in the area. If you can't catch any live bait by hook and line or there isn't much live bait in the area, than you can't expect the bait fish traps to perform. However, for those docksides that are healthy with live bait fish around, then you're in for a big surprise for easy live bait fish trapping.

Q. How wide should the opening entry to the Baitfish Traps be for baitfish to enter the traps?
A. Our live bait fish traps are generally preset to 5/8" to 3/4" for the average size bait fish. You want the opening to be small as possible with them literally having to squeeze in just a little. You'd be surprised what bait fish will squeeze into being that this is what they are use to. The bait fish traps entries are designed for them to go one direction then when trying to get back out the wire points are now facing them, making it difficult to see as well as escape. For larger bait fish that the width of their bodies is larger than 3/4 inch, you would simply need to bend the wire wider to the thickness of the bait fish you're after. The best way recommended to make the opening larger, is to place both hands inside entry and spread opening to a slight oval position. This leaves the wire prongs angled in properly but still giving it the opening needed for bait fish to enter. For most large bait fish trapping, a very slight bend making the opening to a 1" to 1-1/4" should be more than sufficient. Keep in mind, for most live bait such as pinfish, spots & squirrel fish, the 3/4" width is preset perfectly.

Q. I put my Live Bait Fish Trap back down with a few dozen live baits in it without removing them, then later to find out most were gone. Why?
A. When live bait enters your bait fish trap, they are in a comfortable environment with only eating on their mind. Soon as you pull the trap, bait fish become scared and instantly try to get out. If you put the trap back down, the only thing that their trying to do at this point, is trying to figure out how to escape. It is definitely best to remove all live bait from the live bait fish trap at this point then rebait the baitfish trap if necessary so you do not loose any quality live bait fish.

Q. I usually use a cast net to catch my pinfish & spots, do your Live Bait Fish Traps work better?
A. Cast Nets work extremely well under certain conditions and for certain live bait that will not go into bait fish traps. Some examples of live bait fish would include finger mullet, white bait & threadfin herring. For these type of fast swimmers, a cast net or sabiki rig becomes a definite. For all other live bait fish such as pinfish, spots, squirrel fish (sand perch), mutton minnows, sea bass, grunts, pigfish, croakers and small crabs, Catch N Bait Fish Traps work extremely well with very little effort. Cast Nets are an excellent choice at times but oftenly can become a challenge trying to time your throw as well as catching them in muddy areas or thick grass. Simply setting a trap out with our bait formula then pulling it a few hours later with many prime fresh baits, is pretty hard to beat. Setting a few traps out in different areas the day before can produce several hundreds of live bait fish by simply pulling your traps at daybreak.

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