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I've wanted for a while now to fish with live prawns but I don't know how to collect them. I'm not asking where anyone gets theirs from but I would like to know a rough idea of area's i.e. ground types and how to collect i.e. nets?

All help on this is much appreciated. How do you keep them alive? Will some tupperware do???
 

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They need to be kept in a lidded bucket or similar(they jump out!!), cool, aerated and don't keep them in the same water too long.

As for collection I'm not sure because I have 2 mates over Rottingdean way that get mine for me ;)
 

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Just get yourself down to the reefs east of Brighton Marina with a little kiddies fishing net at low tide. Scoop the net all around the edges of the rock pools and through the weedy areas as this is where the prawns and shrimps hide.

Pop 'em in a bucket with some sea water and they should be OK for a few hours at most. Keep the bucket in the shade. If you want to keep them alive for longer then buy an aerator pump from a tackle shop and attach it to the side of the bucket. This passes air through the water keeping the oxygen levels up and allowing you to keep the prawns for longer. Change the water every hour or so too if you can, it all helps prolong their life in the bucket.

Enjoy.
 

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Collection is either by a specialist trap that you can buy for around £6.00 or with a drop net with weight attached. Just place a bit of mackeral in the centre and secure then drop it down to the bottom of the quay side/harbour wall and pull it back up in 30mins time. You should have prawns and crabs as long as they are there in the first place. At night shine a torch down the side of the harbour wall and you should be able to see their eyes. Alternatively you can use the torch and catch them in a landing net if you're quick!

You can also get them in rock pools.

For float fishing just lightly hook them through their back and for long distance through their tail with the hook point coming out through the third segment. Elastic can be used if needed.

Hope this helps.
 

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The Tackle Box in the Marina sells a couple of types of traps.

Alan
 
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