Q:

How do you build a shrimp trap?

A:

One way to make a simple shrimp trap is to weave a capped funnel from sticks, bark and vines. These traps are also useful for catching fish and turtles. This one-hour project requires seven 6-foot saplings, several shorter saplings, willow bark strips, grapevines, a 12-foot pole, a bait ball and a utility knife.

Know More

Full Answer

  1. Bind the saplings

    Place the saplings around the 12-foot pole, and bind one end of the bundle together with strips of willow bark.

  2. Form the hoop

    Select a piece of sturdy grapevine about 6 feet long, bend it into a hoop, and tie the ends together with strips of willow bark. Insert the hoop at the open end of the sapling bundle, and secure it with willow bark. Remove the 12-foot pole. This completes the cone-shaped skeleton of the trap.

  3. Weave the body of the trap

    Start weaving at the narrow end of the cone. Thread thin strips of grapevine or willow bark between the saplings, leaving as little open space as possible. As the distance between the saplings increases, weave between them with thicker strips of bark or vine.

  4. Remove the hoop

    When you have woven about half of the trap, untie and remove the hoop. Continue weaving until you reach the ends of the saplings, and then tie the woven material to the saplings so the weaving does not unravel.

  5. Form the cap

    To make the cone cap, cut five 3-foot lengths of sapling. Drive them into the ground at an angle, forming a cone with the narrow end at the bottom. Leave 4 inches of space at the middle of the narrow end. The diameter of the larger opening should be about the same as the large end of the trap body. Weave the cap together with grapevines and thin bark strips.

  6. Nest the cones

    Pull the cap out of the ground, and pull out the stakes. When you are ready to plant the trap, hang a bait ball inside the narrow end of the trap body, then nestle the cap inside the body as if you were stacking ice cream cones. Tie the cap to the body, and place the trap in the water.

Learn more in Marine Life

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Are shrimp herbivores, carnivores or omnivores?

    A:

    Like most crustaceans, shrimps are omnivores and consume both plant materials and small animals. They are not picky eaters and are considered as scavengers, ingesting anything that is small enough for them to eat, including decaying matter, mud, plankton, small fish and leftover food.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the biggest shrimp?

    A:

    As of September 2014, the biggest shrimp ever caught was 18 inches long. It was caught in Florida waters near Fort Pierce by a fisherman named Steve Bargeron. Scientists identified the shrimp species as a mantis shrimp, which has bulging eyes that can move independently and can detect polarized light.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do shrimp move?

    A:

    There are three different ways that shrimp move. While feeding on the ocean floor, shrimp use one set of legs known as periopods. However, these legs are fragile and are mostly used for perching. Shrimp also have five sets of another type of legs, which are called pleopods, and they are used for swimming. Finally, shrimp move backwards rapidly by using a movement called a tail snap.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the adaptations of shrimp?

    A:

    Shrimp have several unique adaptive traits, including highly efficient osmoregulation systems and the ability to change gender, both help them survive in their environments. The adaptations of shrimp help them withstand short- and long-term environmental hazards and make them suited to live in extreme habitats.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore