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Re: Statistics catch up/ideas

FWIW, I have had the same problem with minnow traps developing legs and 
walking off.  Nice bright and shiny minnow traps stick out like a sore 
thumb, and so do the older ones, albeit to a slightly lesser extent.  
Visibility to passersby almost guarantees that at some point some light 
fingered individual will acquire your minnow trap, especially if you use 
an anchor line that is highly visible, such as a floating polypropylene 
rope in orange, white or yellow. The key to reducing or preventing 
losses seems to be reducing visibility, which doesn't seem to reduce the 
trap's ability to catch fish.

My current minnow trap has been used numerous times without incident, 
despite being left overnight on a regular basis in some high-traffic 
areas.  I attribute this to the fact that I spray painted it, inside and 
out,  with flat black paint.  It is quite hard to see against a dark 
background, even if you look directly at it. Works great in dark mud 
bottomed areas and is almost invisible.  I also use a thin black anchor 
line which is also hard to see against a dark mud bottom.  To paraphrase 
the Miller beer commercial: Works great, less aggravating!

PS: for other substrate types, you might want to have a paint matches 
the substrate in your area that is the same color, i.e., for sand, use a 
light brown or tan paint, for quartz sand with dark specks, use a 
off-white accented with black specks (black paint sprayed at a distance 
over a base coat of flat off-white), etc. Similar color matching with 
the anchor line, if possible.

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>Well, it finally happened.  I knew it was bound to some day simply 
>of the Laws of Probablility.  Some low-life, piggish, lazy, selfish 
>of pond scum SOB stole my favorite fish trap today!  I'd like to catch 
>little worm and see if I could fit him through the traps opening a 
>of hundred times!  For crying out loud!  I mean if the thief wanted or
>needed a trap so bad...I'd have bought him a brand new one rather than
>have him steal my personal favorite. "Good ole #1" has been catching
>fishies for me now  for years; and now some punk has it stashed 
>and is probably laughing about the whole thing.
>The real 'beach' is that it was only there for about 2 hours as I never
>leave my traps unattended for longer than that.

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