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End of Turtle Season Pics #7662930
09/01/22 06:02 PM
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Every year I claim I am not doing commercial snapper trapping yet the next year I do it again. This summer is the last of it for me, I swear!!
First pic is a trap in a rocky trout stream that is in pic 2. Very dry this year so a trap set in a deeper hole produced. Bigger turtle in the trap is the one I am holding (spots on his shell are leaves). Looks bigger than he was weight wise, probably in the low 30"s. Not a big truckload maybe 2000 pounds. Last pic is a trap dropped off of an abandoned railroad bridge (about 20 feet down from my feet). Multiflora rose bushes line the stream bank so there is no way to put in or take out a trap (stream is not boatable). Had to lift the trap up to the rail bridge with a rope and grapple hook. 5 snappers in it it was not easy to do, all the time I could hear my late father saying " there is no fool like an old fool".

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Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7662936
09/01/22 06:09 PM
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That's great, looks like quite the haul!

I look forward to next years pics. wink

Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: Trapset] #7662938
09/01/22 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Trapset


I look forward to next years pics. wink


LOL, beat me to it!
How's the market?
Don't see as many guys here turtling the last few years.

Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7662941
09/01/22 06:17 PM
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WHAT is the market? Always wondered what some of you commercial guys (of any species) do with your bounty.


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Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7662949
09/01/22 06:23 PM
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I get a buck a pound, live weight. Not a lot but it beats fur trapping right now and more than covers expenses.

Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7662969
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Great stuff Eric!!!


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Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7662986
09/01/22 06:59 PM
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Very nice, until next year.......


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Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7663000
09/01/22 07:21 PM
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Genuinely appreciate all you have shared over the years, Eric. Just wish you would put out a mink snaring book. Fifty years from now it would be as revered as Thorpes Suicide Mink Methods or Dobbins mink book. You have to wonder about a world where spell check autocorrects mink to monk.

Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7663021
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Eric thanks for sharing the pics! A lot of work involved, Iím sure. Whatís your preferred bait, if you donít mind me asking? For my crab pots, itís an oily fish. Bunkers ( menhaden) or bluefish both work well. Turtle baits similar?

John

Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7663110
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If you are actually getting out and have a couple of turtle nets with the flatt bottom I would buy a couple.

Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7663198
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looks like a good year , thanks for sharing

Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7663223
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I have done some turtle trapping over the years using set lines and hooks I have had quite a few that where in the 18 lb to 22 lb range. At a $1.00 a lb it would be worth the effort to catch them .Thanks for posting

Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7663232
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Nice catches Eric

Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7663236
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Great job Eric!

Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7663255
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It takes a lot of work to fill up the truck with turtles great job hope to see more next year. Dave

Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7663431
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Thanks for posting eric, appreciate it.


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Re: End of Turtle Season Pics [Re: eric space] #7663591
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Oily fish are a must for bait. I use carp for bait but salmon heads and/or bluefish are better if I can get them. Catfish sometimes works but most other freshwater fish are not going to entice a snapper into a trap. Bait has to be fresh/frozen, snappers are not interested in sour or rotten bait. Many guys tend to use bait and then some fish oil. I don't. Trouble with most fish oil it is made by rotting down fish so it is no good for turtles.
Set lines with hooks are ok if you are going to kill them the same day as caught, otherwise they get infected inside. Most commercial buyers do not want hooked turtles for this reason. Hooks also do not discriminate, small legally undersized turtles often die when belly hooked.

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