Building A Cheap Fish Trap (DIY) For catching fish in the wild.

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I had previously followed many designs for soda bottle fish trap and many does not drain the water out when the trap is pulled out of the water. This is my very own design that allow you to quickly get more fishes as the fishes don't swim out of a over-flowing bottle and eliminated the weight of the trap as the water flows out easily at the bottom.

You need the following
1. A clear plastic bottle (preferably larger types)
2. A scissor
3. A Drill or sharp scissor to make hole
4. Some nylon or ropes
5. fishing line
6. Colander

This is my first instructable post so pardon my newbie-ness!

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Step 1: The drainage netting :)

The difference between my design from the usual fish trap is here...the bottom drainage system. Simply use a cheap stainless steel netting for washing vegetables for this part.

Step 2: Finishing touches :)

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Here you finish it by drilling 04x2mm holes (2 at each side of the top) through the bottle and the top so that the top will fit nicely without any fastener like staplers or pins. This way it's the fishing line that is holding down the top of the bottle.

I know smaller round bottle top may not work this way but the square one works properly. For the ordinary soda bottle you can use 2 staplers on the other 2 side for stability.

Step 3: Test the fish trap :)

I had selected a popular fishing spot which is Rochor Canal in Sinagpore near Sim Lim Tower and test my fish trap!

Go see my blog for more stuff that I am into !!
TN7772 years ago
Very good instructable..... I'll probally make it this spring.
wow, very nice also, where those effective bait?
simontay78 (author)  tuckerton2964 years ago
It's white bread without the side crust, roll the white part into a ball :3
COOL!!! LETS have a fishing outing sometime... maybe I make atrap then we go test it out :D How's kranji reservoir?
simontay78 (author)  Boppo33 years ago
sure contact me via email simontay78@ gmail . com without spaces
by the way great idea im going to make one out of a 5 gal bucket for cat fish. thanks dude
im sorry? do you keep the fish and not let them go? because then they would die and i am pretty sure that is against the law to keep fish that small as it is cruel. aslo i dont think it is nice?
bait or not in most countries there is very little law when it comes to NON-game fish. and these are not game fish. also ever hear of anchovies? or buying fish in pet stores? some of the fish have to be taken out of the wild. not sure where this vid was taken and not sure of the laws There but if they have a law against keeping or using as bait then i would have to laugh at that country. i'm not trying to bee mean but if you have a problem with this instructable then why even post and telling him that you feel that he broke the law?
they probably used them as bait
555mst5554 years ago
hey! another fellow singaporean!:)
thefan994 years ago
were those fish shad?
simontay78 (author)  thefan994 years ago
I believe those fishes are molly fishes, freshwater types. I may be wrong :D
ramiram54 years ago
 What did u use as bait??
simontay78 (author)  ramiram54 years ago
White bread without the sides crumbs and rolled into a ball
Nice work
djr67896 years ago
cool! great instructable ,i like the idea of a colander on the bottom ill go build one this weekend
simontay78 (author)  djr67895 years ago
go go go
gill3946 years ago
could you also just poke holes in the bottom? wouldnt work just the same way your trap works great but im tryin to make it as simple as possible
simontay78 (author)  gill3945 years ago
you can theoretically poke holes but if the fish are strong...they can easily make the hole bigger...and escape
slayercr236 years ago
is that you in the video?
simontay78 (author)  slayercr235 years ago
reubyjay5 years ago
No offence but those fish are more like bait then anything
simontay78 (author)  reubyjay5 years ago
hahah, it's a small fish trap...hence catches small fishes
simontay78 (author) 6 years ago
Thanks for your comment! I haven't tried using this trap to catch rat/mouse yet haha
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Thanks!!! :) I had thought of using conventional small fish nets for long term use but because I don't want to spend too much money on this DIY hence use a colander instead...luckily I have a spare ones... Do rate this instructable on the sides! :) Thanks!
SWV17876 years ago
looked like eggshells... what exactly are you using for bait?
simontay78 (author)  SWV17876 years ago
I used bread rolled into a ball so that the bait don't float up blocking the entrance. These fishes love fresh white bread, not sure why but you can use earth worms too but it's hard to get in my location so I uses bread instead. I use the trick of throwing some bread on the top of the submerged fish trap and let the fishes feast on it until it's finish then wait another 10 minutes before pulling up the trap :)
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Nice! These work great and are easy to build Great job
simontay78 (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Hey thanks!!
21GeeOff216 years ago
my friend found that these can also be used as rat/mouse traps. you just have to make sure that you make the opening as small as possible.