I know I saw a thread a while back about ways to keep a snood line from getting caught in your net. Can anyone offer some ideas or input. Just want to be prepared as I will be running snood's this year. Thanks for any help.
The tecnique that i use is to dip the crab by pushing the crab down into the water and away fron the line before bringing them up and out of the water.just trying to touch the crab and not the line.
I only use a plain lightweight wire net, like the one on the left in the picture above.I have and have tried many different sizes and styles but always go back to the plain lightweight net since I usually crab alone and dip one-handed.
dipping from a snood requires a little different technique but it is not difficult to master and the snood line is always worth the effort
No snoods do not have to be bungee. One of my snood lines has the snoods made from (i think #4) loctite. I first used the slipknot but now I have put 3/16 fuel hose on them. The fuel hose is, IMHO, easier to bait and keeps the neck on better than slipknot. My other 2 lines are made from 3/16 bungee and 1/4" fuel hose.
Snoods can be made from almost anything.
the bungee cord snoods are the easiest and fastest way to bait and unbait ,and they last longer than string or line and crabs will not eat or claw through bungee and the bungee grips the bait tighter than string or line. i have snoods made from #4 loktite and have found that string does not hold the bait as well as bungee,,the crabs managed to get the baits out of the string, and the line did not last long, the crabs eat or claw their way through the line.
....I can definetly see the advantage of keeping the bait tight with bungee, but I can't say I've ever had a crab chew through my line or even come close to. I use #5, though. I have had my dog chew through it and take the neck.[smile]
Just like Rich said - the bungee holds better but not enough that I'm going to replace the loctite. Any new lines I make have bungee. Also I notice that the loctite snoods tend to "grab" each other more than the bungee.
Thanks to all that responded! As always, I knew I could count on TF'ers for help! I prefer the bungies over loctite!
POLECAT...Thanks for the pic's. What are you using to attach the rat wire to the original net?
RJ...This is the technique I use but when you take a lot of "new-bees" as I do the training looses a lot of crabs! I was just looking for a way to limit the frustration so I don't show it to the folks I take with me. Lets face it, a day of crabbing should be relaxing and fun...."for a pleasure crabber" but I have a short fuse that I have to get control of. Any coaching and advise I can get will help because I have a two year old boy that I want to teach the benefits of all that nature has to offer. I don't want him to become attached to a TV or Computer as his resource for learning. He will get that in the controlled atmosphere of school.
It is very important to me that my son understands all the "good things" nature has to offer with the society he will have to face as he grows! I will stop rambling because I think everyone on this site has the same outlook for their kids!
Thanks again to all for the advice on my original issue!