Jolly Good Folding Crab & Shrimp Traps

by Tim on January 28, 2009

More folding crab traps! As always, Navagear strives to be your #1 source of information on folding crab traps.

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neglected them is that I’d never seen one of their traps in person, and the website looks like it might be a little bit out of date.

IMG_5189But 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:

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Merv January 28, 2009 at 11:52 am

The old style crab and shrimp pots both work.

Somehow they seem to work better in BC. I’ll leave you to work out if that is because the pots are from there or there are more crab/shrimp in that part of the world.
We lost one of the Shrimp pots in Kwatsi bay last year when some nameless person threw it into 400 ft of water with the wrong (350ft) line attached. A month or so later the marina called and said that someone had found it on a very low tide, complete with shrimps. I told them to keep it until we visit again but later in the year we received a call from a fellow Whidbey Island boater who had called in at Kwatsi and had brought it all the way home for us. (minus shrimp).
So, not only do they fish well but they have homing instincts.



Wayne Galbraith May 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I have just purchased my second kayak sized Jolly Good Trap. The first one disappeared without trace and I am convinced it was taken.

As a kayaker it is essential that a trap be compact and when folded, I can actually strap it up under the inside of the cockpit, out of the way and without restricting my legs at all. I have used it several times now and always catch a few crab. They are so good when out for a few days paddling. I have used packages previously frozen, of ham, chicken, etc. that is secured in a bait bag, and once I found a salmon carcass that worked well.

The collar type entrance seems to work well enough although its a bit tough to pull crab out of the trap when they latch on.

Good product.


Guy August 10, 2012 at 5:19 am

I don’t know if I should get one I have a kayak but I go to a dock to crab can someone tell me if I should get it


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