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whats the best way to secure bait on a set.. 2 of my 4 cat sets had the bluegill ripped from the gills down and taken away without setting off my traps. i came to the conclusion i needed tighter blocking of my exposed pan but what gives with the bait? i even took one of them and ran a 14 gauge wire through tthe entire body and it still made off with half of it.. the other fish and wire with stick attached to it was completely gone!

thanks for reading, advice is needed and always appreciated
 

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thanks for the idea.. also while you are here lol..
we added more hemlock to the top to cover most of this but there was definately something here that took the bait and wrecked some of it while at it..

should i add a covered trap out in front of here or continue baiting this set with fish like pictured
 

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If you have something hitting your set I would definitely shallow bed a blind set in front with light debris and leaf cover.
 

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now that i see the pic on a bigger screen, if your trap is where that peat moss is, i would shorted up that trail of blocking you have. im not the formost expert. but i would have that trap closer to that cubby entrance, that way when they work that bait they are moving around and will step on that pan.
 

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I had a similar situation once w/ a cubby set. Something was stealing my bait. Eventually caught a couple racoons.
 

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checked 4 traps last night, 3 of 4 had bait stolen from them.. reset them closer and tightened the blocking.. thanks for the help
 

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about 20 yards away on the edge of a mud puddle i saw a cat track that i took a picture of.. that set i have 3 traps exposed pan around a treefall that has roots exposed...

but im worried its coons coming in and stealing the bait... 2 of my sets are the drainpipe sets with an exposed pan on each side of the pipe with bait inside the pipe.. 1 still has the bait with no action and the other was stolen last night...

i had the bait hanging about 10 inches off the ground with fishing line or 14g trapper wire....

should i pull the traps and rebed them and cover instead of exposed sets?

also going to note these particular traps were not dyed as i am only trying to target cats with these. i have other dyed traps for fox and yote.
i had only the pans exposed and used what i though was good enough blocking to make the cat step on the pan, but obviously i have some issuies.. first time trapper here..
 

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if your worried about the exposed pan, which shoudnt matter for cats, just toss a handfull of peat or pine needles over it. if you think cats (or coons) are getting in and out of your cubbies without getting caught then your trap placment must be off some. try offestting the trap to one side or the other. the pan should not be in the center. you not have to rebed the trap just move the blocking/guiding.
if you are sure its cats or coon stealing the bait inside the cubby then set another trap right inside just in front of the bait.
i'm no cubby expert as most of the cats i've caught are non-target in dirt holes or flat sets but thats whats what i would try if i was you. good luck
 

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im checking tomorrow morning so i will add traps right in front of the bait.. ill try to remember to take more pictures too.

thanks for the help
 

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one more thought..... you said you found a cat track in a puddle. do you have a set right there? i mean RIGHT there like within a few feet? if not throw in a big hole dirt hole set.
 

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im checking tomorrow morning so i will add traps right in front of the bait. and right near the trap if possible.. its on a somewhat traveled road. ill try to remember to take more pictures too.

thanks for the help
 
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