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#7231 - 12/21/08 01:19 PM Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Ric Offline


Registered: 07/22/00
Posts: 3688
Loc: Wellington,OH=USA
He is a method I have used for a long time to check traps under ice.

The wire is what is commonly called "bell wire" about 22ga.Twist together leaveing enough to pass aroung the trap jaws. Lightly twist to form a loop around the jaws.Run the wire up above the ice.Mark your sets,frozen water pretty much all looks the same.

To check use a continuity tester or volt-ohm meter.An open circut means a trap that will need closer inspection.

This is a real time saver if you decide to try this aspect of trapping





(Edit: Title. Photos archived. -- Hal )

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#7232 - 12/21/08 02:12 PM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Otterwater0566 Offline
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Registered: 02/01/04
Posts: 440
Loc: Austin, AR
We have very little ice around here, but much dark mercky water. The wire method may work in the ice by attaching strong wire to a trap jaw then to a simple "flag" or float of sorts? Heavy fishing line and cheap bobbers have been my solution to the issue of wondering if the trap has been fired when it's a deep set or the water is too dark to see into. Also saves me from disturbing sets that are still waiting to work. The bobbers are easy to spot from a distance saving many steps in a days time. They are also easy to adjust w/gloves on as they can be slid up or down the line to adjust for depth of water or chnages to the set.

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#7233 - 12/21/08 02:56 PM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Ric Offline


Registered: 07/22/00
Posts: 3688
Loc: Wellington,OH=USA
Try using a packing peanut wedged between the jaws and fastened above water with a light piece of fishing line or heavy thread(courtesy HS and CD).Do not use water soluble packing peanuts(courtesy CD)

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#7234 - 12/21/08 03:20 PM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
Posts: 10078
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
Actually, here's how the packing peanut float works.



You loosely fold a piece of thin wire over the trap jaws. A piece of thread is tied to the "eye" on that wire, and the other end of the thread is tied to a non-water-soluble packing peanut which floats above the trap. When the trap fires, the wire releases, the peanut floats away, and you know you have to check the trap.

It's actually best if you tie up these rigs ahead of time. It's hard to do on the trapline with cold, stiff fingers.

Hal
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#7235 - 12/21/08 04:05 PM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Hal Offline
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Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
Here's another way to check those under ice traps if you don't have a continuity tester.



Take two 1.5 volt battery and tape them together. Use a couple of alligator clips and a length of wire to make a holder for the bulb. That's a standard flashlight bulb. Fasten one clip to the bulb, and the other clip to the end of one wire.

Then touch the other loose wire and the center terminal of the bulb to opposite ends of the battery pack.



If the circuit is unbroken, the bulb will light.

Hal
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#7236 - 12/21/08 05:10 PM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Ric Offline


Registered: 07/22/00
Posts: 3688
Loc: Wellington,OH=USA
Thats a Blue Creek Continuity Tester ®

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#7237 - 12/22/08 06:16 AM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
musher Offline


Registered: 07/22/03
Posts: 2125
Loc: Qc.
Excellent trapline tips. The peanut one is a new one to me.

The electricity one has been around for a while. That last photo seems to be a nightmare for cold hands. A tester will save a light bulb dropped in the snow.

Some guys hook up to test their under ice snares this way to. When the snare is pulled away from the pole it's time to pull up the set.

Be careful on the ice!

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#7238 - 12/22/08 07:09 AM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
Posts: 10078
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
Leave the light bulb attached to the alligator clip.

It's a little difficult to use, but far from nightmareish.

Hal
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#7239 - 12/22/08 07:32 AM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Newt Offline
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Registered: 07/31/00
Posts: 508
Loc: Port Republic,South Jersey & C...
Wait till low tide.

Sorry I just could'nt resist

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#7240 - 12/22/08 11:00 AM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Anonymous
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That is the bigest aa battery I ever seen.

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#7241 - 12/22/08 11:28 AM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
Posts: 10078
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
Nobody said anything about AA batteries. Those are D cells. But AA would work.

As long as you match the voltage to the light bulb it doesn't matter. If you can come up with a 9 volt bulb, you could carry one of those little rectangular 9 volt batteries.

The 3 volt bulbs are the most common. Almost everybody has a couple old two cell flashlights laying around with the switch shot and the bulb still good. You might need to go to the store for the alligator clips though.

Hal
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#7242 - 12/22/08 12:28 PM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Anonymous
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I was just kidding. I think a pack full of d bat. would be heavy to carry around. And they would not last long in swamp water.

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#7243 - 12/24/08 06:50 PM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Miz Offline
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Registered: 08/18/04
Posts: 120
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio
You said the wire would keep the trap from firing, but in your picturethe dog on the trap is unlatched and the trap isn't fired. So just what gives here?

Miz

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#7244 - 12/27/08 12:46 PM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
littleguns Offline
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Registered: 06/20/05
Posts: 269
Loc: Jay, Maine
Look out Miz is on to this one. frown

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#7245 - 12/27/08 06:53 PM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
Ric Offline


Registered: 07/22/00
Posts: 3688
Loc: Wellington,OH=USA
Just checking her observation skills.I flipped the dog out of the way to get a better picture...and used a very fast shutter speed.

Really if you look close there is a "safety gripper" just visiable on the bottom jaw

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#7246 - 12/28/08 08:13 AM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
littleguns Offline
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Registered: 06/20/05
Posts: 269
Loc: Jay, Maine
I like most was looking at the set up and not the whole picture.
Good on Ric
Never play with a body grip without a safty latch attached.
littleguns

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#7247 - 12/28/08 08:28 PM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks
skipper Offline
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Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 676
Loc: .Manheim Pennslvania
I think I would soldier the bulb to the balck clip

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#27017 - 01/07/20 10:57 AM Re: Under Ice and Under Water Trap Checks [Re: Ric]
Archive Offline


Registered: 03/12/03
Posts: 1486
Dated for search.

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