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Old 02-25-2020, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default Spot prawn traps- McKay octagon vs. Ladner 35” mesh traps?

I have no experience with spot prawning but plan on trying this year. I need to purchase some traps, and after all the searches on here and research elsewhere, it appears the McKay Octagon 30”x30”x12” prawn traps and the Ladner 35” mesh weighted 28 lb traps are what I’ve narrowed it down to. I’ll be using them in both Hood Canal as well as the straits up around Discovery Bay. Thoughts on these two traps? I’ll be running 400’ of 5/16” leaded line and appropriate yellow floats.

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Old 02-25-2020, 12:57 PM   #2
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Either of those traps will work great. The lander's save space when stacked.
More important than the trap is your bait and your delivery system. I have been shrimping In hood canal for 10 years and if you have any questions you can pm me and we can talk over the phone.

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Old 02-26-2020, 10:39 AM   #3
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McCays rock both shrimp & crab traps. They both catch as long as you have good bait.
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I have 2 McCay’s and 2 of the brand X. The McCays out fish the others by 2 to 1 biggly. Same bait and placements. Can’t say why, they just do
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Old 02-27-2020, 04:20 AM   #5
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He is right McCay's out fish all others 2 to 1 I agree and gave all my other traps away. We drop 4 traps and time after time they come up full.
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Ive used a lot of Mckays pots. They are a great pot. But the Ppots are just as good and I think a good bit cheaper. Wouldn't hesitate to fish a Ppot alongside or instead of any others.
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I agree about the McKay pots. I dont run them but I think it has to do with the size/quantity of the doors. I have modified the doors on mine. Most pot doors are too constrictive. You want them to get in. The bait keeps them in.

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Old 02-27-2020, 08:44 AM   #8
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Ive used a lot of Mckays pots. They are a great pot. But the Ppots are just as good and I think a good bit cheaper. Wouldn't hesitate to fish a Ppot alongside or instead of any others.
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Old 02-27-2020, 12:00 PM   #9
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We have used dozens of pots over the years and the McKays outproduce everything except maybe the Ladners, which are equally productive. The square and octagon McKays produce equally for us, the octagon might be a little easier to handle. I run two of each.
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Old 02-27-2020, 12:21 PM   #10
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I used cheapo plastic rectangular box cray fish traps and caught mass. In Canada of course The smaller pots allowed me to bait more locations. Perferated Cat food cans was the ticket.

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Old 02-27-2020, 12:55 PM   #11
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Ive used a lot of Mckays pots. They are a great pot. But the Ppots are just as good and I think a good bit cheaper. Wouldn't hesitate to fish a Ppot alongside or instead of any others.
Ppot = Promar? If not, then ????

Edit: In any case ramp types seem better than those with cone entrances.

And for the OP be very aware of tidal flow particularly in the Strait - need plenty of scope and weight in the pots.

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Old 02-27-2020, 07:35 PM   #12
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Ppots. Petes Pots. They sell them at Bobs. They will fish as well as a Mckays. Ramps are always better than funnels and the bait is where its at!
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Old 02-28-2020, 11:33 AM   #13
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Last year I bought some really nice pots from Dungeness Pot Works in Seattle, I have 2 50lb pots, and 2 80lb pots. If you have a puller, you are more than welcome to borrow mine. I really planned on using them more, but just haven't. I'm in Vancouver, WA.
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Old 02-28-2020, 12:44 PM   #14
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There are 3 nice pots for sale in the Huntwa classifieds. 1 is a Mckays.
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Old 02-29-2020, 08:27 AM   #15
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Anyone know if there's somewhere that sells the McKay pots along the I5 corridor from 90 south?
Headed over to wet side in a few weeks and I'd like to pick one up but brinnon is too far.

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Old 02-29-2020, 09:39 AM   #16
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The McKay pots do seem to be producers; here is a link to a prior IFish thread: https://www.ifish.net/board/showthre...ighlight=McKay.

The WDFW shellfish managers will be meeting with the Crab and Shrimp Advisory Group on 10 March so information on seasons should be promulgated after that date. Hopefully they will have the webpage for that advisory group up and running soon (as promised) with pertinent information to be posted there and available to the public. Here is a link to the WDFW webpage for advisory groups which currently have their own webpage (accessible via hotlink): https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory.
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Old 02-29-2020, 04:07 PM   #17
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Good thread, thanks for posting. I’ve been thinking about trying the shrimp thing this year. I’ve been wondering about weight, I was planning on about 300’ of line but it also sounds like the weight of the pot is critical?
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Old 02-29-2020, 04:21 PM   #18
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Good thread, thanks for posting. I’ve been thinking about trying the shrimp thing this year. I’ve been wondering about weight, I was planning on about 300’ of line but it also sounds like the weight of the pot is critical?
Check out this video by John Martinis of Johns Sporting Goods out of Everett. He provides a great primer.
https://youtu.be/eiIEafBNdg0
If you check out his webpage you'll find links to maps across the sound especially from Everett North.

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Old 03-01-2020, 08:49 PM   #19
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Interesting that there are essentially two versions of using a small anchor; one is to attach to the pot to keep it from "walking" off a ledge and the other is to attach to the buoy line to keep the buoy from pulling on the pot with the same goal. The message particularly for shrimping in the Strait is to be concerned about tidal flow and moving pots.

The Strait provides a lot of opportunity so try to pick your days both as to weather and for tidal flows. Be safe and try not to lose those pots.
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Old 03-04-2020, 11:27 AM   #20
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like mentioned above, there is an exhaustive thread on this from last year. I went last year but will sit this year out.

https://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?t=1587395

If I did this again (big If) I would want the McKay pots. We used the mess basket kind and had a tough time. Buddy boat right next to us out-fished us by a pretty humbling amount using the octagon mcKays
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