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I am a die hard DYI guy and I have been searching the web with no luck. I am looking for plans or instructions to build a basic crab pot that I can use once or twice a year(in legal areas ONLY RangerGreg). Please any help would be greatly appreciated I just cant justify $100 for once or twice a year.
 

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I found this website for building all sorts of pots and traps. It has information on various fishing, making, baiting, etc. techniques.

:::http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/x2590e/x2590e00.HTM

I also found this one with step by step instructions
:::http://www.bluecrab.info/crabpot/

Also, I found a DMF map of designated crab pot areas.
:::http://www.ncfisheries.net/maps/DPA_maps/index.html

In my searching, I've also come across the DNR websites for NJ and MD, that have specific trap requirements to comply with their respective state law. Not sure if NC has similar requirements or not but you might want to check with Marine Fisheries before you set them. I'd hate to have to come bail you out :D.
 

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You know MD has the best stuff online I also got Bat Box plans form them, maybe NC should take some hints from MD (no offense Greg)
 

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Yeah, you would think. I know the NC Cooperative Extension has a lot of plans for stuff like that, but I didn't find any crab pot plans.

good luck with your project.
 

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That second site listed by Ranger Greg is the one I used to build mine - great stuff!

If you own (or occupy) coastal land you are allowed to have one pot tied to your dock or pier. Otherwise you will need a RCGL license Make sure you read the regs, they are very strict on the crab harvest as it's a huge cash crop.
 

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That second site listed by Ranger Greg is the one I used to build mine - great stuff!

If you own (or occupy) coastal land you are allowed to have one pot tied to your dock or pier. Otherwise you will need a RCGL license Make sure you read the regs, they are very strict on the crab harvest as it's a huge cash crop.
Well thats just not fair.. You get to live by the water and steal the crabs!! HUH! :D
 

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Well thats just not fair.. You get to live by the water and steal the crabs!! HUH! :D
Actually I have a RCGL. The only reason I have it is so I can set out crab pots (I don't use nets or any of the other gear). So for $35 a year I can set out 5 pots. Of course that is after spending about $75 to build them. Hey - the tackle monkey knows about crabbing too!
 
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