A word from Bauer Prawn Traps
Set-up for one or two traps
I would recommend clipping on a weight after the second trap about 10 to 15 feet away from it, before the line comes up from the bottom to the float. Even in areas where tidal movement is minimal, the traps can move if the wind is strong enough. The wind and waves start pushing on the float and eventually they start to float away. Also the weight stops the line and float from tugging on the trap, Prawns get scared when the trap moves and won’t go in it.
On steep ground I recommend setting only one trap per line, it is difficult to set 2 traps exactly on the depth you want them to be. You usually end up too deep or shallow, wasting time.
We set out the traps for about 30 to 45 minutes, then check them. If you only have a few Prawns in the trap, change location or depth. If you have 30 or 40 in the trap, just add a little more bait and put them back down for around 2 hours. With a Bauer Prawn Trap you will get 70 to 80% of your prawns in the first 2 hours or so.
Prawns will move around from day to day, or week to week. Just because you got lots one day doesn’t mean that they will be exactly at the same place or depth the next week. That’s why we check them after only a short period, it doesn’t matter what kind of trap you put out, if the prawns aren’t there, they’re not there.