dig a trap bed for a 11/2 coil or 11 double long spring (set hair trigger )and put a rubber crawfish( the ones they sale at trapper supplys) on the pan now sifter dirt over thre intire area...now take a small paint brush and brush the dirt off the rubber crawfish so only it is uncovered...on a blade of grass put your lure..you now have a set that looks natural best on a bank along the waters edge.
sunny it is a sight attractor and on the blend in set yes use lure on dry land but rusty is right in the water it don't need to be hid unless you hid it from a thief...but i do recomend lure near the water to get him near the set...like rusty said it canbe set with out lure if you are in a good location..even the rubber crawfish in abait shop works just add a bobby pin to it
Another way of doing this is wrap tin foil around the pan. Don't block the dog from firing. Also don't do this in high theft areas... The coon are naturally curious and will try to turn over or pick-up the tin foil....
caution don't use dead frogs because i tryed that once and all i caught was seven snakes which two was still trying to bite me....lol...the foil works goodalso during a full moon because as the moon goes up it throws off a reflection which catchs the coons eye
There is an old guy here that caught a golden eagle using tin foil on the pan. The state cop got to his trap first. He got quite a hefty fine and gave trappers around here a black eye. Believe me, the cops and the judges aren't going to listen to "I didn't mean to..."
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Post by backwoodsman on May 10, 2010 22:42:05 GMT -5
The set you describe is what we call a tinfish set. We use tin cut in the shape of a fish or aluminum foil on the remakes. Ive never ever caught anything but coons, mink and rats in this set and Ive used it over 3 decades. We put lure on a tall stick with a wad of grass, old sock etc. This set, the PVC set and pocket set account for the majority of our mink and coon.
During the summer I save all my fish heads when I clean fish. I cut a stick with a Y at the top and shove a fish head on each Y. In MN you can't have bait visible from the air or within so many feet of a trap. Then, I wrap both fish heads with long swamp grass, completely hiding the fish heads. You can squirt a little scent or lure on the grass if you want to, but the coon will realize there's food under the grass real quick.
I push the stick in the ground in an area where it will be very conspicuous, like a point or open area along a stream. I set a 1 1/2 coil between shore and the stick. I also try to find an area deep enough to drown the coon. I've never caught anything but coon with this set.
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