COVID-19 has forced us, with regret, to cancel the 2020 season.
Part 1 or our 5-part video series Building a Lobster Trap.
During the winter, Captain Ross and other commercial lobstermen are busy repairing and replacing equipment and tackle. In this series of short, time lapse videos, Captain Ross demonstrates building a new lobster trap. The actual time for this step in the build is about 10 minutes. Barring accidental damage, a well built trap can last 10 years.
Part 2 or our 5-part video series Building a Lobster Trap.
Actual time to complete this part of the build, 10-12 minutes.
In the 2nd part of our series, Captain Ross attaches the slats covering the upper portion of the trap. Space is left for the access door, which will be added after the netting is installed, in part 3. He works to complete 5 or 6 traps at a time, about the same number as would be in "bunch" when the traps are attached to marker buoys, baited and "set", during lobster season.
Part 3 of our 5-part video series Building a Lobster Trap.
Rigging the trap is the most time-consuming part of the build. The first entry funnel (hoop) leads to the "Kitchen" where the bait is placed, then a second funnel (middle head) leads the lobsters to the back end of the trap. Once in the back end, there is no escape for a lobster of the legal size (73mm carapace). To reduce the damage that trapped lobsters can cause each other, traps are usually raised and emptied every 24-hours.
Part 4 of our 5-part video series Building a Lobster Trap.
With most of the work complete, Captain Ross installs the door, door latches, and two escape hatches to allow immature lobsters escape. This is an integral part of ensuring we maintain a sustainable fishery.
Holes are drilled for ropes (bridles & snoods) which are used to attach individual traps to a longer rope, creating a "bunch". Setting traps (6 plus) in "bunches" is more efficient than setting and retrieving individual traps.
Part 5 or our 5-part Building a Lobster Trap video series.
Last things to do are weight the trap & install the spindle (bait spike). The weights are precast 22 lb concrete blocks made specifically for our style of trap. Traps are tied onto a single rope in groups ("bunches") of 6 or more, with about 10 fathom of rope between each, & marker buoys on each end.
A mechanized pulley (the "hauler") is needed to retrieve the "bunches, with each trap weighing over 100 lbs when wet!