How To Make Your Own Pinfish Trap

By: Joseph Simonds on August 5, 2019
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Are you the DIY type of person?

Do you like to use pinfish as bait?

If you are, you’re going to love this DIY pinfish trap video.

Insider member, Lance Davis, sent us this video on how he’s been making pinfish traps for a fraction of the price of store-bought traps.

He’ll go step by step through the process of making them yourself, identify all the materials you’ll need, and share some on the water footage of how well it works.

Plus, we’ll share a tip for how to rig the pinfish to catch more gamefish.

Also, if you like these member-generated videos, let us know in the comments below!

DIY Pinfish Trap [VIDEO]

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Think you can make one of these yourself?

This could be a fun weekend project that saves you money and helps you catch more fish!

And after you have a trap full of pinfish, the next step is to rig them up and catch some gamefish!

Check out the video below for tips on how to rig a pinfish.

How To Rig A Pinfish [VIDEO]

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Is that a nice snook or what?

It’s tons of fun catching those big girls under the bridges!


Huge thanks to Lance Davis for making this video and sharing it with us!

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Also, be sure to share this with someone who wants to learn how to make a DIY pinfish trap.

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Francisco Tovar
10 months ago

Great video! Quick question-How do you know where to drop and position the trap to find pinfish? And did you need to use any bait to lure them in?

Walter Abramitis
10 months ago

How do you get the bait out? Cut the zip ties on back end?

Lance Davis
10 months ago

Hi Robert, sorry i didn’t post that in the video. If you watch around minute 11:07 then you can see the opening. Once you have the opening then you just cut a little piece for a lid and zip tie it on one side to create a hinge. You can make it as big or as small as you want. I prefer smaller because then the lid that will be attached has less room for the fish to get out. Also if you notice my hand placement when I am pulling the trap out of the water, I have a bungee cord going over the lid. If you would like a picture let me know and I will try to post it on here somehow.

10 months ago

Awesome video, I recognize that pier cause I got “Fishing in my Soul”…lol

Jan Bildzukewicz
11 months ago

Hey Lance,
Thanks for the DIY pin trap video. I have been wanting to try pin traps for a while now. After watching your video I’m going to finally pull the trigger and make one this weekend.


Lance Davis
10 months ago

Thanks Jan. Once you make two or three it gets really easy. I recommend starting with the smaller size wire because it bends easier and causes lets cuts on the hands. Let me know if you think of any improvements!