Let's get this group kicked off with a discussion of do you purchase or make your own crab traps ?,if you purchase them where at and if you make, where do you buy your supplies?
iusually buy my pots. they are cheap usually so i don bother making them too time consuming.
I'm going to make combination pier nets and crab nets. Where I work, I keep all of the dull band saw blades. They are a premium spring steel which will be my net hoops after I grind off the dull teeth and smooth the top and bottom edges and then get them plated for corrosion resistance. Then I will hand make the nets out of high strength braid. I also have some design ideas for traps. Advantages will be compactness, lightweight and long life.