It would seem that crab on the westcoast aren't terribly smart. You can literally catch them with almost anything. I even have an article clipped out of the paper featuring a photo of my dad and his boyhood friends, crabbing on the shores of White Rock beach, with nothing more than tangles of fishing line, a small piece of bacon inside the tangle and a stick. Yes, you can catch crab that way with surprisingly good results.
There is a crab trap for every budget and they all work. Here they are complete with the pros and cons.
These traps are a favourite for crabbing off the dock, in shallow water. Considering crabs love a sandy bottom, and below dock pilings is often just that, these traps can be a winning combination. Just put your bait in the centre bag which is usually provided and pull the string tight. This will close the clam shell design and let you hurl the trap, bait and all, as far as you can. When it hits bottom, it will open flat, leaving the bait exposed for crab to walk up to an take a nibble. Wait about 10 to 20 minutes and then be sure to pull the string quickly. It's this action that will trap your crab inside the shell design.
Steel Ring Crab Trap
These are my ultimate trap. They don't store very well, so you'll have to have a good amount of room for these on your boat, or in storage in your garage. These will last and last and last you, no matter what. They are self weighted, and allow a bumper crop to land on your plate. These are quite expensive so really, I would say that they are a "nice to have" not a "must have" but for me, this trap wins hands down every time. This one is my holy grail of crab traps.
HI, I'M KATE
A Captain's daughter, who became a Captain's wife. I remain always, a mermaid out of water looking to get straight back to the sea, whenever possible.