How To Build A Pinfish Trap

A pinfish trap is a simple device that can be used to catch pinfish. The traps are made of wire mesh and baited with shrimp or other bait.  Pinfish are common in the Gulf Coast region, but they’re also present in most coastal waters throughout Florida and some parts of Texas. They’re usually caught using nets, but if you don’t have one on hand, this trap will do just fine! 

Check out our 6-step guide below for more information on how to assemble your own pinfish trap!

Find a large container to use as your trap:

First, you have to manage a large container to use as your trap. The container should be around 24 inches wide and 12-16 inches deep. You can find many items around your house that will work such as a bushel basket, a 5-gallon bucket, or a large storage container.

Cut two holes in the bottom of the container for water flow:

Next, you’ll need to cut two holes in the bottom of your container for water flow. The holes should be around 2-3 inches in diameter. This will allow the water to flow in and out of the trap, which will help to bait and catch the fish.

Add some rocks or gravel at the bottom for weight and stability:

Adding some rocks or gravel at the bottom of the container will give it some weight and stability. Without stones at the bottom, your trap could easily tip over. Rocks also protect against sharp objects puncturing the container as you’re pulling it in and out of the water.

Place a piece of netting over one hole, then tie it securely with string on both sides:

Now, it’s time to add the netting. Cut a piece of netting that is at least 2 feet wide and 24 inches long. Place it over one of the holes you cut in the bottom of the container, then tie it securely in place with string on both sides. This will keep the fish from escaping once they’re inside the trap.

Put bait inside the trap:

Now, bait the trap. Place some shrimp or other types of fish inside the net to lure in pinfish. You can also add a few crabs such as blue crabs, fiddler crabs, and sand crabs (make sure they’re alive!). These will help to make your trap even more attractive to pinfish once they enter the water.

Place your trap in shallow water near where you found pinfish before:

Finally, place your trap in shallow water near where you found pinfish before. The traps work best when they’re placed near underwater structures such as docks, seawalls, and coral reefs. Check the trap regularly and pull it in when you have a fish inside!

Now that you know how to build a pinfish trap, you can find pinfish and create your own trap. It’s simple and easy, so give it a try!

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