How to Catch Baitfish with a Plastic Bottle

I have put together an instructional video on creating a fish trap, which can be used for survival or recreational purposes. This technique does highlight the fundamentals of some of the simple things that you might learn in boy scouts. Even though it's a simple method, many don't realize that they could build a fish trap with a few essential items that are typically found on most shorelines. Items needed include:

  • A plastic bottle (Larger the better)
  • knife
  • Bait source

Once you have located your plastic bottle, all you have to do is cut an "X" on the side. Then you fold the flaps downward (Inside the bottle). Doing this helps prevent the fish from escaping once they enter the bottle. Next, you fill the bottle with wet sand or shell to anchor the trap to the bottom of the lake or ocean. Now you need to locate a food source; by quickly walking the beach, I found a mullet head and a dead crab. I also added Cheez-its. Once I set the trap, it took no more than two minutes to attract a school of fish. The school rapidly grew with each passing minute. This simple technique could very well save a life or even help you catch bait for your next trip. Try it out and see for yourself how well it works. If you like the video, please give a thumbs up and subscribe. 


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