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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2018, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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For those of you that trapped mink this past year, if you used the "Bottom Edge" set, what percentage of your catch was caught in this set?
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85-90%
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Every time this question is asked, it comes down to the definition of the bottom edge set. IF a body gripper is placed against a vertical edge, I only consider it a bottom edge set if the trap is completely submerged. Less than 25% of my blind sets fall into that category. Of those traps that I categorized as bottom edge, 60% of them produced mink this year. So thats around 15% of my total mink catch this year came from what I consider bottom edge sets.

Many mink were caught in half submerged body grips against a vertical edge, and another pile of mink were caught in dry land body grips against a vertical edge (top edge sets). Then another good producer of mink were the small tributary streams where a body grip was set in the middle of the stream since it was so narrow. And yet more mink were caught in dry trail sets through stream-side vegetation. And a few more mink were caught in pocket sets, although I don't use them much. I didn't do the calculations for these other types of sets mentioned.
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I love the bottom edge set and catch a majority of my mink in that set these days. Due to the sheer lack of time I have to trap because of work I probably had only 8 or 10 bodygrips set out this past season and only caught 2 but then I only set 2 different areas with 6 or 7 traps in one spot and 2 or 3 in another. It hard to put up any numbers trapping that way and some may say I'm just wasting my time but I'm just doing it because I love to trap even if I don't really have time to do it. By the way, I did catch a couple this season which isn't an impressive average but I definitely catch more mink every season using the bottom edge set than I did before I used it.

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It still completely blows my mind when I catch a mink in what I consider a real bottom edge set. This was the last mink I caught this year, almost 4feet deep below 8-10 inches of ice. I had a small viewing window chipped out that would refreeze with an inch or 2 of new ice every day. I set it in chest waders and used a long handled metal rake to reach the trap out to the point in the bridge wall.
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Thatís amazing Trout.....Iíd have gave up once things froze up.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2018, 11:01 PM
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Trout, how did you have that trap stabilized on the bottom? Was it just placed between the brick and the bridge wall?
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-13-2018, 09:01 AM
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I was out of stabilizers when I set this, so I use light gauge wire to wire the coil on the spring to the brick. It holds tight until the trap fires. It works in a pinch. I used to do this exclusively before I invested in stabilizers.
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Now that is cool! Love the mink catch pics. You sure earned that one trout! I use 160's with one spring removed almost exclusively now.. Rarely use a 110 anymore

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