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There are many great crab baits used from artificial ( Ace of Baits ) for example which are oily fish pellets, generally the oilier the better. Much like prawn fishing cheap cat food such as Carlye work well and are easily used by punching holes in the tin and hanging it inside the trap. The very best bait is.......
fresh Mackerel and or Tuna heads or bodies in the trap. You just can't beat fresh bait and although a little messy you will be rewarded. Depending on your location Mackerel can be caught during the summer months, for those of you that have access to a fish plant nearby swing by and ask if they can spare some of Mackerel or Tuna remains. Keep them in the freezer if your not going out for several days or months they still work great! Cod is number 2 as a crab bait the performance is pretty good but not as good as Mackerel or Tuna. Salmon heads do work just fine but from my experience I would only use it if I had to. Salmon doesn't seem to produce near as well as the other baits not to mention Sea Lions will rip your trap apart to get the bait where as Cod they will not bother your traps at all. Hope this helps some of you out there to fill your traps full. Optimum trap time is 2 - 3 hrs sets.