How to rig a shrimp trap:
It's important to use a sinking line that is 20-25% longer than the water depth you are fishing in at maximum tide. If you have fast moving tides then even more line may be required.
Likewise it's also important to use the correct amount of weight for the depth you are fishing at, and the proper buoy. Too much weight and the buoy will sink, not enough weight or too buoyant of a buoy and your trap will tend to "walk" in heavy seas, and may end up far from where you dropped it.
Rig your lines so that you can easily add or subtract the length, by using loops. For three strand line, I like to splice the line into a loop that is large enough to pass your coil of line.
Example: I typically fish my crab pots in 100' of water and usually I run an extra 10-12lbs of weight in a Daniellson type crab pot. I also run 125-130 feet of 5/16" lead core Blue Steel line. My float or buoy is a 5" x 11" x 1" hole buoy. You can paint your buoy a rainbow of easy to see colors by using a special buoy paint.
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