APOLLO II Trap | 2-funnel | assembled eel and crayfish pot
Shipping costs for completely assembled APOLLO II pots are relatively high. We therefore suggest to order assembling kits, which are cheaper and less bulky.
The construction of the 2-funnel APOLLO II pot was predefined by the natural behaviour of eel
At daytime the eels try to hide from predators like cormorants and others by searching for dark caves. The fully covered bodies of this trap are providing such a shelter. Furthermore the closed end piece of the pot offers protection from the current. The bait in the bait box clipped to the cap can increase the catch ability of the pot especially even in slightest current. Eels follow the scent of bait up stream and pass the two funnels up to the end of the trap. The thousandfold in our small eel pots well proven aft end of the second funnel makes sure that no eel can escape. The eel pot anchored at it’s tail can follow changing tidal currents. The heavy round steel bars attached to the lower part of the pot keeps the covered top in position.
At certain seasons smelts are migrating upstream by following the tidal current into the brackish waters of rivers. As soon as the tidal current changes downstream smelts are searching for shelter behind stones or other obstacles on the river bed. The APOLLO II traps are providing such shelter and often these pots are completely packed with smelts. For catching this species the aft part of the second funnel has to be cut to an opening that allows the smelts to pass. As spare funnels are available the pot can be refitted easily for catching eel.
Please keep in mind that it might take several days until new pots have absorbed the smell of the environment. That’s why older pots often show better catches than brand new ones.
Due to the construction of this pot cormorants, otters or other predators can’t reach the fishes being caught.