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Jolly Good Trap Company is based in British Columbia, and though I haven’t written about them before, they aren’t new kids on this particular block. They’ve been around for years. The only reason I neglected them is that I’d never seen one of their traps in person, and the website looks like it might be a little bit out of date.
But the Jolly Good crab and prawn traps can be seen at the Seattle Boat Show, at the Popeye’s Marine display (Concourse 2101, upstairs). Jolly good offers a variety of sizes for both crab and shrimp, including very small traps for kayakers.
If you look at the crab traps in person, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the unconventional entry gate. In fact, there’s no gate at all. The crabs climb up onto the top of the trap, and then fall down through the red ring, and they can’t get out.
I know a lot of you curmudgeons out there are skeptical, but Ray Surette, owner of Jolly Good, assures me that it works, and that it may even be more reliable than the conventional swing-up gate, since there are no moving parts to get jammed in the “open” position. If you prefer, they also sell traps with a more familiar swinging gate.
This trap is by far the easiest to fold and unfold of any I’ve tried. It folds into a flat rectangle, and stays closed with a little clip, To deploy it, unclip the retainer and the bungee cord pulls it open and holds it there. It’s also the least expensive of the folding traps we’ve covered.
But how does it catch crabs? I don’t know, and as usual, I’m eager to hear anecdotes and fish stories from owners. Tell us your experiences with the Jolly Good traps!
In case you want to catch up, here are some earlier folding crab traps we’ve written about: