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Old 08-06-2007, 05:05 PM
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what is the best waty to make a float set for muskrats? any pics?
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Go to Trapperman.com and do a search on muskrat floats. There was a thread on there a couple weeks back with pics. One float I thought was pretty cool used 1x2 welded wire and swim noodles. Pretty light weight and stackable.
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http://www.michigan-sportsman.com/fo...light=floating

There were some more pictures floating around last season but I couldn't find them at the moment. Here's some good directions though.
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Hey Max..

These are what i built last year.
2- 2x4's with flat plywood underneath and a couple small 2x4's on top.
They do not have to be this big , or have so much grass piled up in the middle , even though it seems to work good. Now i just put some mud on to steady the trap and a little grass with some apple in the middle. Hope this helps.

The traps are secured underneth the bottom plywwod by a bent nail.

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Here is the link to the thread on T-man. I thought they were pretty slick and would imagine they would work fine. What do you guys think?

http://www.trapperman.com/forum/ubbt...st319041<br />
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I don't have any pictures but what I did was take a piece of 1X6 and hooked the trap underneth with a metal staple then just placed the trap on the top and jamed it in the cat tails. I used a piece of apple for bait it worked. I used a #1 longspring trap with this set up. The piece of 1X6 was about 24inchs long but can be any lenth.
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How are these. I have como'd since the pic's were taken.

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thanks. fixed blade, what is the white thing on top of the grass? keep em coming!
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Did not realize that other set posted over there, were yours. Did you use 1x2" wire as well?
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Did you use 1x2" wire as well?
Since a 110 is about 5" x 5"...I'd say FB is using 1/2" x 1" mesh.

My floats are just scrap plywood with 2x2's for the float/guides. I stable a small arch of chicken wire in the middle and cover it with grass. This makes it look like a little island but really adds no wieght to it....

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Since a 110 is about 5" x 5"...I'd say FB is using 1/2" x 1" mesh.
Good point N.C., guess I shoulda realized that.

Got the video today ... thanks.
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Yes the wire is 1 x .5. The white on top is a piece of white foam to represent an apple.
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NC - is that a cut up apple on your set?

You rig that with a conibear or foothold? I can't tell in the pic.
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NC - is that a cut up apple on your set?

You rig that with a conibear or foothold? I can't tell in the pic.
Erik,

I think it was an apple on that particular float. There was a wild apple tree on the drive to my line, just off the side of the road...and I would often stop and throw a few into the bed of my truck. If it wasnt apple then it was potato. Both worked.

I use Victor 1-1/2 LS for drowning setups like this...because theyre good and heavy. But for 'rats in deep water I think any foothold will work on a float.

Not saying that my floats are really all that good, but I happen to have a pic of the construction, for what its worth...


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Pretty darn good to me. I'm gonna do a few up soon. They work well in the early season.
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