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Discussion in 'Trapping Techniques archive' started by trapper_max, Aug 6, 2007.
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.
There were some more pictures floating around last season but I couldn't find them at the moment. Here's some good directions though.
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.
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?
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.
Hope this helps.
How are these. I have como'd since the pic's were taken.
thanks. fixed blade, what is the white thing on top of the grass? keep em coming!
Did not realize that other set posted over there, were yours. 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....
Good point N.C., guess I shoulda realized that.
Got the video today ... thanks.
Yes the wire is 1 x .5. The white on top is a piece of white foam to represent an apple.
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.
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...
Pretty darn good to me. I'm gonna do a few up soon. They work well in the early season.