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Old 06-23-2013, 12:09 AM
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Here’s a brief look at how I took a scrap piece of 8″ PVC sewer pipe and turned it into a catfish trap that will never rust, never rot and costs about $10 to make.

$10 PVC Pipe Catfish Trap
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:33 AM
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another awsome post. thanks
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An awesome and yet simple trap to make. Thanks. I know what my next project is. Already found the throats for less than $6.
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That's a very good idea
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Save yourself a few bucks... you don't need the throats. Heat up one end enough that it's pliable and squish it down until there is a very small opening (you want water to be able to flow through it) then let it cool to harden. Baiting the tube will guarantee overnight success. Otherwise, just leave it alone and come back from time to time..
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I did some cost analysis and this whole video is BS when it comes to cost. The cheapest throats you can find are 6 bucks each. The 8" PVC is ridiculously high (I wont even say how much) and the cheapest 8" pipe you can get is Galvanized AC Duct (60") for about $10. Large zip ties (package of 100) are $13 and an eye bolt to tie your rope to is about $5 bucks (including 2 nuts and 2 washers). For addition strength, I would use a couple of clamps or my preferred method of rivets... far from the $10 quote given.

I guess if you had all the material, it would be free... :P
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BS huh?

I clearly stated in my post above that I used scrap. You can buy 650 zip ties for $8.47 at Home Depot. Link. I also mentioned that you can use cord or wire if you don't want to pay for zip ties. I also don't use an eyebolt. I simply drill a hole in the pipe and tie a rope to it. You seem to be trying to make the trap as expensive as possible instead of grasping the concept of using what you have to make do.

After all, when TSHTF, you aren't going to be running to the store to buy stuff, you're going to have to work with what you have.

As far as your suggestion to forego the throats, that will work - but it the fish must be in the pipe when you check the trap, as he is free to come and go. With throats, all he has to do is enter once - and he's caught.

Before you call BS on a perfectly legitimate fish trapping option, perhaps you'll be good enough to share a video of you actually getting out in the field and doing it rather than talking about ?
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The throats alone are $6 a piece at the cheapest. If you know where to get them cheaper, please post it for the users. 99% of the people aren't going to have 8" sewer pipe available and that stuff is freakin expensive (which is why I suggested galvenized ac duct instead).

12.00 (throats)
+ 8.47 (zip ties)
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still more than $10


As I mentioned before, if i had all the material, it would be free... but I could claim the cost as free since others won't have all the material. You have to give a parts breakdown with the cost of each. Anyway, didn't mean to get your panties in a bunch. I was just stating some facts prior to someone starting a project thinking it was going to be really cheap...

You are right, I also use the throats for mine as well because it makes it a true trap (works great on food sized channel cats). The other way is hit or miss and really when they are there resting or during spawning. You're also less likely to catch multiple cats in one without a throat.
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You are correct. The throats are 6 bucks each - so I should have said I'm out $12 plus shipping if the trap is stolen. I stand corrected. Thank you for pointing that out. I'll try to be more precise with my wording in future videos.
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that's awesome. I wonder if a throat could be made from a plastic coffee can. Cut the bottom out then cut pie shaped chunks out of the sides and and then bring the side pieces together and fasten with hog rings or zipties.
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Awesome idea and i am always on the look out for scrap pipe and such. Thank you! nice idea!!
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Love PVC. And yes, heating works great. I saved myself a lot of money when building bell syphones and drains by squishing the ends rather than buying the damn caps.

Caps and fittings must be where the PVC Industry makes its money back.
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that's awesome. I wonder if a throat could be made from a plastic coffee can. Cut the bottom out then cut pie shaped chunks out of the sides and and then bring the side pieces together and fasten with hog rings or zipties.
It's funny you mention that. I had a guy post to my YouTube channel saying he was going to experiment with cutting slits into plastic funnels to save the cost of the throats.

I think this is a great area for experimentation.

Don't forget about wood. Many catfish traps are made out of oak strips. One idea I had was taking old lattice and using it to make throats.

One other thing I can add is that I'm now painting my PVC traps brown. This past weekend one of the sloughs I had a trap in was very, very low as far as water level. When I got there, I could actually see my pipe in the water because the water had dropped. Anyone floating down the slough could have seen my pipe.

A brown pipe would be a lot harder to see in such a case.
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Love PVC. And yes, heating works great. I saved myself a lot of money when building bell syphones and drains by squishing the ends rather than buying the damn caps.

Caps and fittings must be where the PVC Industry makes its money back.
So you're inhaling a lot of this melting PVC?

Explains a whole lot. Thanky!
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So you're inhaling a lot of this melting PVC?

Explains a whole lot. Thanky!
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Great video. I happen to have some 8" clear PVC which should make it easier to check the trap.

many thanks for the idea.
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I've seen people build spring loaded traps out of PVC to catch small game as well. Usefull material.
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On Youtube you said you were gonna share your results. Have you been able to set up and check the trap yet? What kind of fish did you catch?
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how about gluing a cap on the end of the pipe and drilling holes in it. instead of the 6 dollar throat. seems cheap.

that or maybe some wire mesh over the end ziptied on. All were trying to do is let water flow through it right?
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interesting... thanks.
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