Originally Posted by Dragonhawk ficht
The Dog and Cat food always used to work very very well, but i've heard it's illegal to use, .
Good point about being legal, the old shiny tin of cat food with holes punched in worked a treat ,as the crabs could smell but not get the bait so it lasted days .
cant comment on other areas but it's not a bad idea to have a look at your local fisheries bylaws in some areas even if any shell fish is for your own consumption caught by pot net or even raked out by hand at low tide or scuba diving a licence/permit may be needed .
My area on the Yorkshire coast a free licence is needed as well as escape gaps on pots ,
you get 10 tags each year for marking your pots even if it's just for private/ hobby use and your not using a boat .penaltys are severe so best check with your local inshore fisheries authority you don't want a fine and your boat confiscating ,,same goes for filleting fish at sea before you land them ,, the fishery officer takes a dim view about size limits ,, as he cannot measure them ,, even the humble mackerall has minimum size limits .