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Coach1310

A Leech Trapping....HOW TO thread

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Good day all. I didn't want to hi jack the other thread so I figured I would start a new one. I would like to try Leech Trapping just to try it. Not looking to turn it into a business or anything. Just would like to do it/see how it is done and fish with bait that I catch.

Where do you trap? Lakes? Ponds? etc. I am in the St. Cloud area so any suggestions would be great

What kinds of traps? How do you set them?

Time of day? How long to you let traps soak?

What to use for bait?

Are there leeches better to use then others? How can you tell if you are trapping good leeches vs. bad leeches?

How many leeches are caught in an avergage trap?....meaning if I put out a trap, will I catch 5 a dozen, 50 etc?

I understand there are tons of variables, just looking for the just of it and I have ZERO knowledge of where to begin. Thanks for any help.

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trap in ponds.

i use tin from newspaper machines and fold it like a accordion 3 folds.then crimp 1 end shut and drill a small hole and tie your string.then use paper clips to close up the front and top and bottom.

for bait i use beef liver.put a chunk in each slot and your set.

i let my soak for 24 hrs.set them in the mornin and check them the next mornin.

as for good leeches or bad.i go and empty all the traps in a 5 gallon pail when im checking them.then i bring the pail home set up a table in the garage and start sorting them out.i only keep jumbos. the rest go back in to the pond.

as for how many depends on many leeches are in there.i would start by setting only a few test traps 1st.if your traps are loaded then go back and start setting.

leeches are very picky about there water also.they like it clean.i would change the water every day or they will die on you.

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ohh 1 more thing the size of my traps are 2 feet long and around 6 inches wide.

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im intrigued by this home made trap. Is there any way you can post some pics?

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i can take some pics and send you them.this site wil not let me post any pics and they cant figure out why.

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I am real interested. I think I have an idea of what this trap looks like but it would be nice to see a pic. I have the perfect pond with 3 feet of muck on the bottom probably crawling with leaches. What are some ideal conditions of a body of water to contain leaches? And does a certain type of body of water contain more of a certain size or type?

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Ideal conditions is a shallow pond with mud bottom and no fish in it. I know the type trap mentioned. You can use a coffee can and flatten the top too.

Or use the lid and poke hole in it.

mnhunter 3815, Follow the instructions HERE to post pictures.

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I use a 3 lb. coffee can and sew a window screen cut and sewed in a funnel shape sewed to the plastic top inside. Tie a string to can with some kind of float tied to end. Been using these for 30+ years, and they last a long time.

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hey surface.this system doesnt like my name lol.so it will not let me post pics.i do have an idea tho i'll get 1 posted .i just gotta make another account on photobucket then it should be good to go.

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Well thats easy enough. Looks like I am going to make some leach traps next week.

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I seen those style traps on Dirty Jobs and they were in North Central MN too!!!! (guy who put the pics on) is there something your hiding from us...? laugh It says "authorization needed" if I say your name???

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ya they dont know why the system does that.thats why i had to make another photobucket account to paste those pics.lol but now i can post some pics on here again.

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