Collecting critters and fishing may not be sailing, but I love them both. Even more, I love introducing my daughter to the natural world. Add to that father -daughter time the opportunity to teach a D-I-Y ethic, recycling and thrift all in one stroke; a bargain.
Any plastic bottle with a cap will do. Two are required. Any beat-up thing from the wrack line will do. 2-liter jugs are best, but even 12-ounce bottles do well.
- Cut the bottom off one.
- Cut the top off the other and insert it inverted. Leave the cap on the external neck only--it's handy for decanting the catch. The other neck, of course, is the entrance.
- Secure them together. I've seen everything from staples to cable ties to bolts to bits of string.
- Poke a few 1/8 holes near the neck to allow some water flow, carrying the scent of the bait our the inverted opening. Additional holes only attract fish away from the trap entrance.
- Tie a string around the neck to orient the neck into the flow, if any.
- Add bait. Bread is a good starting point.
Something to entertain the kids and an idea to keep in your tool box for your next Cast-Away adventure.
Post Script. We actually carry a commercial minnow trap, which gets heavy use, both at the dock and at anchor (use care at anchor not to wrap the line around the rudders--just enough line to get it to the bottom).