How to Make a Crab Pot by Yourself


Crabbing is always an amusing and practical activity. Indeed, people enjoy the feeling when catching a bunch of crabs. However, they have to spend high cost for a crab trap. Fortunately, you totally can use many easy-to-find materials to make your crab pot. Therefore, it’s important to learn how to make a crab pot by yourself handily? Let’s follow six step-by-step instructions to know how to make a crab pot.

What is a crab trap for?

You can use this wire-mesh pot to catch and keep the crab alive until they are collected. It presents in various shapes. Besides, its indispensable feature is a tunnel that can lure crabs in and disable them to escape.

Noticeably, this crab trap can last long underwater for a long-term. Thanks to a four-inch piece of zinc, the salt water only attacks the zinc, not the pot itself.

What is a crab trap for

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Three reason to make a crab pot by yourself.

Save money

It would cost you extra to buy a crab trap from a bait and tackle shop, obviously. In contrast, making a pot yourself is relatively inexpensive. Normally, you can build a lightweight trap for roughly $20.

Save money

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Guaranteed durability

As long as your DIY crab pot is constructed properly and used in the right condition, you can have it on the board at least ten years.

Adaptable features

You easily customize its size without virtual restrictions. Besides, it’s worth taking into account that the larger the unit, the heavier weight of the pot you have to carry.

Notes you should acknowledge before making a do-it-yourself (DIY) crab pot

You have to build two doorways that allow the crab get in but prevent them from slipping away. Especially, you would create two circular openings on each pot’s side with a dimension ranged from 4¼ inches to 5 inches. This way, the larger crabs cannot exit.

Notes you should acknowledge before making a do-it-yourself (DIY) crab pot

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In case you catch a crab from a pier, you can toss the crab pot into the water after tying the line of a pilling. In term of a crabbing away the pier, you should notice the tidal fluctuation as your bot would be unstable at low tide.

Be aware that you hardly catch crabs as many as you wish with a DIY crab pot. However, you totally can catch a few of them as once the crabs get inside the trap; they could not exit. Indeed, they would struggle in a trap’s tight space and steep walls.

Make sure you check the pot carefully as there are always different crabbing regulations. Truly, if your crab pot has yet been checked by the warden, he has a right to confiscate them.


How to make a crab pot stand throughout the time depends on construction and material significantly. Hence, it’s crucial for you to purchase a solid material.

Particularly, your DIY crab pot must be sufficiently heavy to maintain its shape and be thrown into the sea without flipping. Besides, the rest of trap must be made from a stainless-steel wire that suggests a roll of metal wire with an 11-gauge thickness.

You would need good hog rings which can connect crab pot walls tightly despite storms, waves and fierce currents. You may find them in a variety of size at application stores.

In the end, you could not build the crab pot without using a drill, saw, screws and twine.

How to make a crab pot in 6 steps

Cut the wire (20 meters)

  • Divide it into six meshes pieces. Count to six meshes and bend the wire into 90-degree angles in the next-haft mesh.
  • Stand it up, bent and fold it until it turns into the U shape with six meshes on sides.
  • Do all the same with another piece of wire.
  • With a piece of 11 meshes wire, you bend it in the middle. To bend it straight easily, you can apply a two-by-four method.
  • From the cut ends of the V, count two mesh length and bend the wire into a flat position.

Make a parlor
Cut holes so that the crab can crawl in the parlor

  • Along the inverted V’s ridge, cut two holes that have 2 inches’ width.
  • On each side, you count in one haft-mesh and cut four meshes.
  • Bend the cut ends upward to have holes at both ends of the “V.”

Make an entrance tunnel

Make an entrance tunnel

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  • To make the throat, cut the wire into two mesh length.
  • Cut ten meshes long at the top, one mesh off the edge of the middle of each piece.
  • On the outside row of its piece, cut off two meshes.
  • Form three rows of meshes into a cylinder by twisting the cut ends together.


As for the bait, its diameter should be 4 inches and put in at the top of an inverted V and the bottom of the pot.

  1. Assemble the U shape to the parlor
  • Place the pieces on the floor in a U position.
  • Attach the parlor to the inside of the U and the top end of both pieces.
  • To form a cube, attach the other U shape on top and then, staple a pot.
  • Give an exit for the crabby leaving one seam unstapled.


To protect your hand from being scratched when pulling the pot out of the water, you need to form the cut ends. This way, you can bend upward inside the trap.

Attach the entrance tunnels

  • Cut two holes in the cube that equals to the entrance tunnel’s larger end.
  • Staple to join the tunnel and the crab pot.
  • Ensure the tunnel’s small end is put at the top of the parlor. Therefore, the parlor could extend inside the crab pot.

Make a door

  • Use galvanized wire and attach it to the crab pot by a staple.
  • To prevent the crabs escaping, you can use a bungee cord to fasten the door.

How to differentiate your crap pot with others?

My neighborhood who are keen of crabbing often have a numbers tagline on their crap pot. It demonstrates the crabber’s name and licenses.

Moreover, you can make your DIY crab pot’s appearance easy to spot by painting the buoy that is attached to it.

Eventually, let’s move onto how to make the crab pot work?

Now, all you have do is fill the bail with crab baits such as fish heads or raw meat such as a turkey leg. Make sure you secure the cover over it tightly.

How to differentiate your crap pot with others

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Once the crab detects the ball meat by its sensitive antennae, it would enter the pot trap’s lower chamber. In search of freedom, it would swim upward and get to the trap’s parlor, and that’s how you catch it with your crab pot.


Importantly, before removing trapped crabs, make sure you have checked the pot at least two times a day.

As the crab would likely to pinch you, you should not put hands in the pot. Instead, you should pull the wire apart from the trap door and shake the pot. In this way, those stubborn crabs would fall off your bucket.


In conclusion, how to make a crab pot is not hard when you implement the step-by-step instruction properly. It starts with forming a crab pot’s frame and sides, then establishing the baited pot and the trap lid. Finally, you assemble them and ready for a crabbing. Hope you have a great time with this DIY crab pot project and work it out successfully with tips above.