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Large Opera House Eel Trap

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Large Opera House Eel Trap
Single Price: $26.00 each
3-Off Bundle: $23.00 each
Box 10: $19.90 each

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For further information on how to set up an eel trap for use “Click Here”

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Single Unit
$26.00 each

3 Off Bundle
$23.00 each

Bulk Box of 10
$19.90 each

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Consultancy

Using a Super Yabby Trap

These traps are only for use by commercial yabby farmers for commercial harvest, they are traps that are designed to catch everything and lots of everything. They are CATEGORICALLY BANNED from use in Public Waters.

Super yabby trap in fish box, 2 stakes and bait
Super yabby trap in fish box, 2 stakes and bait

Super traps are approximately 14 m long. They are made up of approximately 25 separate chambers, each with its own entrance, and a “cod end” each end.

Cod End
Cod End

Entrances are on alternate sides of each chamber.

Each Chamber with an Alternate Entrances
Each Chamber with an Alternate Entrances

We bait them by just sliding in plastic jars filled with bait. The plastic jars just have a few holes drilled through them to allow the smell of the bait to escape. The smell attracts the crayfish but they cannot consume the bait as it is protected inside the plastic jar. This stops them feeding and then leaving, they hang around longer in the net.

Pilchards as Bait
Pilchards as Bait
Dry Dog Food as Bait
Dry Dog Food as Bait

The trap is floated out into the pond or dam in a fish box, then staked out each end with a wooden dowel.

Attach one end to a stake
Attach one end to a stake

We drop the baits in as it goes out.

Just walk along and the net feeds out of the fish box
Just walk along and the net feeds out of the fish box

Leave it in for 2 hours minimum or overnight and then check.

Move the yabbies towards the cod end
Move the yabbies towards the cod end

We check from the middle moving/shaking the yabbies towards the cod end. We then empty the cod end into a fish box or two that just float on the pond. The cod end is tied closed with a rope so undo the rope and the end opens so the yabbies can be emptied out.

All that shows after the net is the stakes
All that shows after the net is set are the stakes

Warning: Only do one end at a time or you may be unable to lift the cod end high enough to empty into the fish boxes if 40 kgs or more in the end, additionally the weight of the yabbies tends to sink the box allowing the yabbies to escape. Another problem is that if you have too many yabbies in the net they dont all fit in the cod end and as you lift the net they will back up and fall out the chamber entrances.

Yabbies in the Cod End
Yabbies in the Cod End

These traps will not only catch yabbies but animals like turtles and eels, hence why the are BANNED FROM PUBLIC WATERS!

Eastern Long Neck Turtles are easily captured in these traps
Eastern Long Neck Turtles are easily captured in these traps
Eels are easily captured in these traps
Eels are easily captured in these traps

Super yabby traps cost $275.00 to purchase ($220 each when buy 2) which realistically is not expensive. One super yabby trap does the job of 25 opera house traps so not much difference in purchase costs. The big difference is in labour cost, super traps are quick to set and harvest – basically equivalent to setting and checking 3-4 opera house traps. If your time is short you definitely need to be using super yabby traps for commercial harvests. Beware of the light duty cheap imitations, these Super Yabby Traps have the thick mesh and extra heavy duty cod ends to handle big loads every day. Sorry, to get the best net that will last for years is expensive.

Yabbies from a super yabby trap
Yabbies from a super yabby trap

Super traps are available from RBM Aquaculture – “Click Here” to purchase.

If you wish to stock your own farm dams – we sell dam stock yabbies through our sister company Austsilvers

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Consultancy

Preparing an Eel Trap for use

Eel trap with rope and float
Eel trap with rope and float

Eel traps come in two colours either black or green, it makes no difference to the eels and just depends on what is available on the day. Traps are made in China, and it’s hard to designate and ensure we only get one colour. However, the colour of the trap makes no difference to the capture rates.

Rope and float
Rope and float

Traps need to have a rope attached so you can throw them into the dam and retrieve them. You can purchase a rope and float through accessories. This is a 10 meter rope and a float. The float is important in case you lose a trap or throw it in too far. By having a float on the end it makes it easy to find and retrieve. To purchase accessories “Click Here”

Attach rope to bottom steel bar
Attach rope to bottom steel bar

The eel traps are an Opera House shape with two funnel entrances each end. When you attach the rope you need to do so in the middle. This ensures that when you pull the trap in with your eels in it they are pushed to the side not to the ends with the funnel entrances. There is a carry rope on each trap, but don’t attach the rope to it, attach it to the solid steel frame. This ensures that the trap can support the full weight of dragging in a loaded trap

Each trap comes with 30 cable ties
Each trap comes with 30 cable ties

When you get a trap it has some cable ties with it. See the next article on catching eels to see how to use them.

“Warning – these eel traps are not for use in Public Waters – only private farm dams”.