Snapping Turtles

Discussion in 'Sportsman's Paradise' started by lsutiga, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. lsutiga

    lsutiga TF Pubic Relations

    Have undertaken a new project. If anyone ever trapped snapping turtles and have any tips they could offer up I could sure use them.

    I have a couple of home-made wire traps and a couple of hoop-net type turtle nets like this.

  2. KyleK

    KyleK Who, me? Staff Member

    Wrap yourself in bacon, strap on your scuba tank and lay on the bottom.
  3. lsutiga

    lsutiga TF Pubic Relations

    Got ma first victim this morning.

  4. LSUsupaFan

    LSUsupaFan Founding Member

    I never had luck with trapping snappers. We mostly caught cooters and red ears in traps. Grabbing is the way to get a lot of snappers. Just make sure you know which side the head is on before you stick your hand in the hole. You basically walk the marsh and look for bubbles and once you locate the turtles den you plug the entrances and hope you are grabbing at the ass end.

    That picture you posted appears to be an alligator snapper. If you got that in a trap it is dumb luck because they hunt by waiting for prey to come to them.
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  5. lsutiga

    lsutiga TF Pubic Relations

    Oh I'm catching 10-25 of those red-eared sliders in a trap at times.

    I've caught snapping turtles by walking in a huge pond that was only a few feet deep. We'd step on them, use one boot to shimmy them up other leg/boot until we could see which end to grab.

    I'm not going to put my hands on the bottom to feel for them.

    They can't resist fresh bloody bait. I actually caught him on a line I set. I set a dozen of them with a single hook to see if there were some snappers in the area of a certain bayou I was fishing.

    They do hunt for food the way you say but they'll also go in traps and bite on baited lines.
  6. brjim

    brjim Freshman

    rip lsutiga's fingers.
  7. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

    Used to catch some huge ones on trot lines with catalpa worms. Loggerheads as well. Been awhile.
  8. shane0911

    shane0911 Veteran Member Staff Member

    You really that bored? Hell I got lots of crap you can do up here instead of wasting your time acting like that croc catcher guy.
  9. mobius481

    mobius481 Registered Member

    I'm with Shane. Can you at least eat snappers? Are you doing this for sh!ts and grins or what?
  10. lsutiga

    lsutiga TF Pubic Relations

    It's challenging. I like challenging myself, learning new things.

    Dude! You've never eaten snapping turtle in a gravy? No better meat. More flavor than guinea.

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