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Kai Koura Craypots are a New Zealand manufacturer of cray pots for the recreational fisherman. These marvellous pots are designed and built to last. They stack easily within a small boat, have rounded corners to prevent damage to your boat and vehicle, and are galvanised preventing rust. The bait container is easy to use.

Advantages of our pots include:

1) The shape of the pot makes for easy stacking in even a small amateur pleasure boat.

2) The way the bait box is designed means it's really easy to lift the hinged lid and put your bait in.

3) The size of the mesh around the bait box enables you to use everything from fish skins and trimmings through to entire fish frames, and is a big improvement on previous systems.

4) The bait basket is positioned away from the sides and is enclosed in a fine mesh to keep the bait active for much longer. To eat any of it, the crays have to climb in.

5) The bait box's lid is made of plastic and a good colour to have your name and phone number on, as required by fisheries inspectors.

6) The pot's rectangular shape also means it tends to stay steady on the sea bed, as opposed to round pots or pots made from lighter materials, which often move around on the sea bed as the swells go by. Unstable pots rarely catch crayfish.

7) The slippery one-way entrance means that it's much more difficult for cray fish to get back out again.

8) The pot's corners hold crayfish for longer as they seem to give a false sense of security, as opposed to the traditional round pots, which the crays tend to get out of after daylight.

9) The pot's mesh and escape gaps are compliant with MAF regulations

Kai Koura Craypot - REVIEW

In the past I have written a couple of articles about crayfishing in Gisborne.

The first concerned various pot designs, including ring pots, round traditional pots, and the smaller rectangular box pots based on the commercial version. The latter out- fished other types for quite a few reasons, and I suppose the commercial fishers had found that out long ago.

I had lots of enquiries from readers wanting to buy them, but my original intention was simply to try and help cray potters out.

Recently, retired Wellingtonian Mark Hullett came to see me with a prototype box-pot design based on the one in my article (but with better openings and a galvanised coating), with a view to selling them commercially. The improvements (as you can see in the photo) are well done, and certainly customer friendly. A feature not included is a sacrificial zinc anode. - minimises rusting, but Mark says the galvanising will be fine for amateurs not fishing all year round.

After catching some tarakihi, I inserted a couple of frames into the easily accessed bait box, and trialled this new pot alongside some of my old, rather rusty ones.

I placed the pots in an area where large commercial boats don't dare go and they all did okay. (I had reservations about the new pot's shiny galvanising but the crays were obviously not worried about this.)

This pot appears to be very well made, but I suggested that heavier rope be used as rock chafing could be a problem. A small float is positioned a little way up the rope to prevent it from tangling around with the pot in big swells, as this can cause the floats to be pulled under forever.

Hints & Tips

  • Ensure that both the buoy and pot are named. As well as paint or vivid marker, which fades quite quickly, your buoys and pot can be permanently named by melting the plastic with a soldering iron.

  • Store out of direct sunlight to preserve plastic components.

    Setting your Crayfish Pots

  • If unfamilar with the area, try setting multiple pots perpendicular to the shore. Then if one pot catches crayfish but the others do not, shift them so that the rest are in a line parallel to the shore with the successful pot.

  • Try to set the pots on a rocky bottom.

  • Ensure that you have sufficent rope - allow for the tide and provide additional rope to allow the current.

  • Use sufficiently large buoys to prevent the current from dragging them underwater. Ideally use two buoys with approximately three metres of rope separating them. Ideally one of the buoys should be at least 250mm in diameter.

    Cooking your Crayfish

  • For best results, cook the crayfish in boiling seawater. If seawater is not available add a desertspoon of salt to the boiling water.

  • After the crayfish is cooked (between 6-12 minutes depending on size) drop it straight into a sink full of cold water for 30 seconds to prevent it from continuing to cook. Remove and let drain and cool. Many people prefer crayfish cold or lukewarm rather than hot!

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    This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 09 August, 2006.

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