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nets. There will
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For a long time I've been interesting in bug'n,
always impressed with what folks doing it had the potential to bring to
the plate. Yep, lobster and crab as a target? That's darn
tasteful. If you boat in Southern California you've got a great inshore
resource - lobster and big spider crabs. Further up the coast the
eating gets even better, with tasty and more succulent crabs. If you
love fishing, love being on the water, here's another great excuse to
have the boat in the water. It's a wonderful way to add another
dimension to your "fishing."
Besides bug'n, we've also selected a number of
bait catching devices for inclusion to this page. The traps and
umbrella nets can be very useful for private boaters in grabbing a few
pieces of bait, and matching the hatch.
Like any type of fishing, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check your
state's regulations regarding appropriate gear and seasons. Just because
it's listed on this page, don't assume the devices mentioned are legal
in your neck of the woods. You must check the regs!!!
New From Promar - LED Glow Light
folks from Promar continually come out with nifty items for
fishermen and boaters. Their newest addition to their line is an LED
Glow Light Stick. Unlike other light sticks, these are reusable. The
light's housing is luminescent, and uses replaceable batteries for
power. It's a chemical-free means to shed some light on your bait
cages, for use as markers, for whatever use you'd put your basic
light stick to accomplishing. (There is a new version of this
light now available, not pictured...it's coming. The new light is an
improvement over previous design. That's what will be shipped.)
- Replaceable Batteries
- Glow Casing
- Extra Batteries Included!
useful new item from Promar is their Seal Proof Bait boxes (AC
300SP). These are durable, and should deal with bait theft quite
well. They clip onto your nets securely with their carbineer type
snaps. The snaps are also available separately in 10 packs and make
use of a large stainless steel split ring on one end for easy
attachment to the bait cage.
Crab Net/Pier Landing Net
These are the nets
you need for catching crabs, lobsters and
for landing fish from a pier, boat or
bridge. They are heavy duty, twenty
inches deep, with polyethylene netting
that's deep enough to hold and prevent the
escape of your catch. They're zinc
galvanized steel construction prevents
rust on the opper and lower rings. The
standard net has an upper ring measuring
32 inches, with a 12" lower ring.
also feature a bait sock in the bottom to
hold onto your bait - no need for a bait
box. The net is available in either black
or green netting.
The NE-103 Crab
Net Harness includes 60 feet of poly rope,
and two 5 inch secure floats.
Lobster/Crab Hoop Net - NE-102J
The Jumbo Hoop Net
has all the same features as the model
101, it's just bigger. The net
features a 36" upper ring and 14" lower
ring. It also comes with two secure
marker floats and 100 feet of poly rope.
ProMar's Eclipse net, about as close
to a trap as you can get without being cited by Fish and Game.
It's 36 inches in width and 20" high, and with the sides angling
back inward the bugs really will be more likely to remain in the
net by the time you pull 'em up to the boat. These new nets are
unrigged, but we've got you covered there with a new Pro kit that
includes the larger floats, rope and a bait box for only $19.99.
The new net sells for $39.99.
ProMar's introduced a new net for 2009's season, their Ambush.
The Ambush is trap-like in it's construction, but it's not a
trap, the bugs can indeed escape. That's what makes it a legal
net in the eyes of the DFG, and that was confirmed again in the
DFG's 2009/10 regs. It's
32 inches wide, making it more manageable for those using kayaks
for their hoop'n. This net features non-collapsable sides, it's
also steeper in design and higher on the sides, making it harder
for the bugs to crawl out. You should
pair this net with ProMar's NE 103 Pro harness/accessory kit, not
the EK version. These are great tools folks, very likely the most
effective net a novice bugger can own. There is one competitor to
this net on the market, the ProMar is indeed better because of the
angle and depth of the side walls. This net, like all other
ProMar's also has a built in bait bag at the bottom of the net.
The Ambush is the model preferred by
most bug catchers these days. In
testing, an experienced bugger can
achieve the same results using the
Eclipse or even a standard design hoop
net, however for those new to bugg'n the
Ambush will result in more bugs for the
For 2016 ProMar
introduced a larger sized Ambush, this
one a full 36 inches wide!
Nets are oversized, so shipping does carry
an expense. We will not bill or ship your order until you have
been notified of the final shipping costs. If your plan is to buy
just one net, be prepared that shipping may run more than the cost
of a net! So, it's a much better plan to
buy a few nets and spread out the cost
of the shipping over several nets. It's
much more economical that way.
We will try to
defray some of the shipping costs for
case packs of nets, but do understand
that these things are big and relatively
heavy. A full case of nets may end up
costing $80 and more to some areas.
Before billing, we will contact you
directly regarding the shipping costs
associated with your order of nets -
they can not be shipped at no charge.
However, when you buy a full case there
is a cost savings on the nets of 10%.
Promar Diamond Strobe
Our friends from Promar also
have introduced a Diamond strobe light. The Promar LED
light will work for 300 hours of use, and can be used at depths up
to 3,500 feet. It's powered by a Lithium Battery, included. We sell
these lights for $7.99.
Hoopin' It Up
Salazar is a long time friend. Back when I was
starting up CharkBait we'd gab on the radio,
swap fishing reports, and share spots. Several
years ago he teamed up with the folks at ProMar
and became a field tester for their lobster
products. He knows buggin like no other person I
know. Jim recently wrote an excellent book about
catching bugs. It covers all the basics, and
goes well beyond anything I've come across. If
you want to catch lobster, you need to buy his
book. It's as simple as that. It's the best $15
investment in a great meal you can make.
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Salazar shares personal skills developed through years of hoop'n, and
provides and in-depth look into the equipment, gear, baits and
techniques it takes to have a successful night on the water. Hosted by
Ben Hong and Jim, from ProMar, there isn't a facet of hoop netting that
isn't covered, with incredible nighttime footage of a giant squid float.
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Crab Trap - TR-701
Costructed of high
grade wire and sealed with a protective
coating, this proven pyramid style crab
trap is extremely durable. This trap
features a fully collapsible design and
comes complete with draw-up cords. 1"x2"
mesh sides 1" square mesh bottom. 16"x16"
Red Collapsible Fish and Crab Trap -
This net is
becoming widely used by professionals,
commercial fishermen and scientific groups
to catch fish and crustaceans. This
multipurpose trap is popular simply
because it's effective. Unlike other
traditional traps, it's collapsible design
allows fishermen to carry more traps while
eliminating excessive bulk on board your
boat. This trap features a durable
plastic and vinyl coated construction,
wire secure clamps and an easy carry
handle. 37" length x 25" width x 24"
height, dual 6" ring entrances.
Dip Net -NE-201
This is a great bait
catching dip net. Features strong
Ace Nylon netting on a galbanized steel
frame. For easy operation it's
spring-loaded frame pops the net open for
use and folds completely in one quick
step. Specifically designed hemmed edges
insure your catch will stay in the net.
Complete with 25' rope. NE-201 42"x42",
Live Bait Traps
are lots of reasons to use these nets.
Here's my favorite: If you keep your boat
in the harbor like I do, you've got a
great opportunity to catch the best
halibut bait you can find: smelt. Not only
are they good for halibut, it seems like
every predatory fish from yellowtail to
white seabass relish smelt. So, toss
in some bread in to the bait sock and toss
her over the side when you go to bed.
When you wake up, you'll probably have
enough pieces of quality bait to bring
home the bacon...or more likely some
Please visit our Making Bait page for
additional rigs and related items.