HISTORY OF LOBSTER TRAP FISHING|
Long ago, before traps were used, lobsters were fished from shallow waters by spearing or gafting. Fisherman hunted for lobsters by tourch light on calm evenings, spearing them as they crawled around in search of food. Although there was not a commercial market for lobster at that time, some fisherman did sell their catch, which was worth more if it bore no spear marks. Switching to a wire or wooden cage to trap the lobsters fixed this problem and brought the fisherman a better price.
Not long after the wire cages were brought in, hoop nets became the norm. The rims were made of cast off cart-wheels and netting was stretched over them. These traps were good for shallow water because of the abundance of canner lobsters. (Small lobsters between 1/4 and 1lb). This was beneficial to the fisherman because they were paid per count and not per pound, so the more lobsters that could be caught in the trap the better it was for the fisherman.
CATCHING LOBSTER TODAY
Today's traps are made of metal or a combination of wood and metal. There are many variations of traps depending on the fisherman's taste and style, varying from the number and shape of openings and compartments, double to triple headers, jail, parlour, wheeler and diamond traps. Today's typical trap consists of two main sections, the kitchen and the parlour. A lobster first enters the trap through funnel shaped structures called doors (also called funnels). After successfully entering through one of these doors the lobster enters the kitchen where the bait is tied. When a lobster tries to escape from the kitchen it is led through another door into the parlour. continue on reading here...