Was visiting "Industrial Marine Marketing" located in Wakefield, RI and noted a new (at least new to me) green crab trap that they were carrying. See the following link to see a picture of what the trap looks like:Other Traps | Brooks Trap Mill and look nine traps down from the top of the page.
Since the togging season is only a few weeks away, it seemed appropriate to bring up anything new that appears on the market relative to catching this species. This is probably one of the most expensive ($70 to $80 price range) green crab traps that I have ever seen and was really itching to buy one so I checked it out, but my wife was with me. It is a fairly large trap and appeared to me to be well designed. It probably would be well suited for someone who would need large quantities of green crabs like a conch fisherman, charter boat, or a commercial tog pinhooker. With the dollar being able to buy less and less, and the more or less conventional green crab traps going around $50 or more, this trap just might have to be considered as being a good value for the dollar spent.
I must have spent 1/2 hour giving it a good once over and believe this one will probably out fish any green trap I have seen previously. It has two entrances such that if a conch or a large spider crab gets lodged or stuck in one entrance, the other entrance will continue to fish. The entrances are located at either end of the quonset hut arrangement with a rather small bait compartment located directly in the middle of the quonset hut. The bait compartment can be accessed through a door located on the bottom of the trap. What struck me as being unique in the design of this trap is the vertical shaft located at each end of the roofs of the quonset huts. It is rather obvious how this trap works: the crabs enter heading for the bait compartment. Since the bait is in a protected compartment, the instincts of the crab would be climb up one of the two vertical shafts trying to get a better shot at the bait. When they get to the top of the shaft they fall down into the very large holding area and still are in no better position to get at the bait. The designer of this trap seems to have thought of everything: very large holding area and a small bait compartment area for which should have a very long life before re-baiting because the crabs never really have a direct shot at the bait. I suspect this trap will catch like hell using a minimal amount bait; wish I had one.