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Danielson Pacific FTC Crab trap: 4 Door
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- Vinyl-Coated SteelFolds flat for storage and transport.Yearly favorite.A must have for crabbing
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I am a recreational crabber and will only have a few traps and this one will last. For about $24.99 it is a good crab trap bargain delivered by Amazon Prime for free. Some of the offerings are more than I would ever pay for a crab trap. This trap measures 24-inches L x 24-inches W x 13-inches H and it folds flat for transport and storage, if you want to disassemble it down to shipping size. It has four glow entrance doors, which are 9.5" x 4.5", that close after the crab enters. This offering comes with a glow bait basket that clips to the top or bottom.
Since purchasing this trap and one of the other Danielson Crab trap, I feel the Pacific is the better deal, basically the same trap with a glow bait cage and the top has a hinged opening for removal and baiting, also the doors are Glow coated also. Best deal and a better looking trap. You may want to compare and make up you own mind on this.
On the first couple pulls, the side door was flopping in the breeze and the bait cage was mangled. This was the work of a hungry sea lion I presume. So I put several zip ties to keep it shut but it still ripped the door open. I ended up having to use pliers to clamp down the hooks that hold the door closed. The end result is the doors are permanently closed (can't open them to take the crabs out).
Once the side door issue was taken care of, the top bait door became a problem. Even with using the hook that was included and two medium sized zip ties keeping it shut, the door was still busted open and the bait stolen. I had to heavily reinforce the bait door also.
The last issue I have is that the grid is a little too large. It's possible for keeper size crabs to fall through. I had this happen after pulling the cage up and seeing the crab slip through the cage (through the square holes, not the round ones). I'm thinking I have to put zip ties diagonally to make the openings smaller.
Seals are notorious in the bay area but if you're in other areas, this might not be an issue. You'll have to buy rope to attach to the trap. Good hunting.
Update 8/2013: I've used this trap many times and it does work very well, especially if you leave it in the water for a while (the longer the better).
Where this product definitely lacks quality is the bait cage. It's made of thinner steel rods coated with simple white paint (or possibly a glow in the dark type of paint). The bottom door to the bait cage easily got opened by small crabs that could walk through the cage easily, making this cage very ineffective. After modifying the bottom door to hold tighter as well as reinforcing it using a pair of twisty ties, we managed to catch multiple crabs the second round, although it came at a price: the bait cage was bent badly. I think thicker steel would have worked better here.
Overall a good purchase for dungeness crabs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works great! I live near San Francisco and use this off the Pacifica pier and Halfmoon bay. Needed a few zip ties to secure the bait trap .. no big deal.Published 1 month ago by andrew holcomb
Well made product. These seem to hold up pretty well with me using them off of the pier . The price is outstanding for what you getPublished 2 months ago by Warriorpoet
Awesome trap, first try got me a large mud crab, cheaper than making my own trap, very happy with this purchase. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ahnko Chee
This crab pot is very effective and catches lots of crab. I have only used it off of a pier so I don't know how it does in open water. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeanette Mabry-Crissman
This is a great trap that you can leave in the water and come back for later... No timing necessary as long as you leave it in long enough. Read morePublished 8 months ago by meowsrus