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To order from this page just make your selections and click on the "Add to Cart" button or the  "Buy" link. If you run into difficulties please make use of our toll-free line and give us a call. Our phone numbers, fax and email addresses are posted at the bottom of this page.  

Orders over $150 are shipped FREE!* Orders less than $150 are billed for shipping. Upon placing your order you'll receive an immediate confirmation via email. You are not billed at that time, the confirming email may not reflect oversize or overweight charges or other issues requiring direct contact. We process orders manually, preferring to have a human actually check things over and contact you should there be questions. Within 24 hours of placing your order you will receive a follow-up email confirmation and final  invoice (pdf doc) reflecting your total charges (Monday-Friday). You are not billed until we actually send you your final invoice.  Orders shipped to CA addresses will have California Sales Taxes applied, out of state orders are tax free. During the ordering process you can select expedited shipping if required. The Free Shipping offer applies to ONE standard size/weight box going to ONE address. Orders requiring more than one box will have additional shipping fees for the second box. (Within the USA we usually ship via Federal Express ground. International, and oversize/weight items will be billed for shipping and you will be sent an emailed invoice reflecting total charges prior to actual billing. We will not ship without you having had a chance to review the invoice). Hawaii and Alaska shipping will be accomplished using USPS Priority service, and our standard shipping cost policy will apply unless the item ordered does not fit in their standard size boxes. If additional shipping fees are required we will contact you.)

Please note, our free shipping policy does not apply to oversized items such as lobster nets. There will be a charge associated with these items unless they are purchased in a case pack (as listed below). When you place your order you will not be billed until we send you back a confirming invoice - usually within a day - for your approval prior to billing and shipping

For a long time I've been interesting in bug'n, always impressed with what folks doing it had the potential to bring to the plate. Yep, lobster and crab as a target?  That's darn tasteful. If you boat in Southern California you've got a great inshore resource - lobster and big spider crabs.  Further up the coast the eating gets even better, with tasty and more succulent crabs. If you love fishing, love being on the water, here's another great excuse to have the boat in the water.  It's a wonderful way to add another dimension to your "fishing."

Besides bug'n, we've also selected a number of bait catching devices for inclusion to this page.  The traps and umbrella nets can be very useful for private boaters in grabbing a few pieces of bait, and matching the hatch.

Like any type of fishing, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check your state's regulations regarding appropriate gear and seasons. Just because it's listed on this page, don't assume the devices mentioned are legal in your neck of the woods.  You must check the regs!!!    

New From Promar - LED Glow Light Stick

The folks from Promar continually come out with nifty items for fishermen and boaters. Their newest addition to their line is an LED Glow Light Stick. Unlike other light sticks, these are reusable. The light's housing is luminescent, and uses replaceable batteries for power. It's a chemical-free means to shed some light on your bait cages, for use as markers, for whatever use you'd put your basic light stick to accomplishing. (There is a new version of this light now available, not pictured...it's coming. The new light is an improvement over previous design. That's what will be shipped.)

Key Features

- Waterproof
- Reuseable
- Replaceable Batteries
- Glow Casing
- Chemical-Free
- Extra Batteries Included!

Another useful new item from Promar is their Seal Proof Bait boxes (AC 300SP). These are durable, and should deal with bait theft quite well. They clip onto your nets securely with their carbineer type snaps. The snaps are also available separately in 10 packs and make use of a large stainless steel split ring on one end for easy attachment to the bait cage.

 

 

Buy Description Price
ProMar LED Lightstick Blue $4.99
ProMar LED Lightstick White $4.99
Seal Proof Bait Cages $14.99
10 Pack Bait Cage Snaps $11.99

 

Deluxe Crab Net/Pier Landing Net

These are the nets you need for catching crabs, lobsters and for landing fish from a pier, boat or bridge.  They are heavy duty, twenty inches deep, with polyethylene netting that's deep enough to hold and prevent the escape of your catch.  They're zinc galvanized steel construction prevents rust on the opper and lower rings. The standard net has an upper ring measuring 32 inches, with a 12" lower ring. They also feature a bait sock in the bottom to hold onto your bait - no need for a bait box. The net is available in either black or green netting.

The NE-103 Crab Net Harness includes 60 feet of poly rope, and two 5 inch secure floats.

 

Jumbo Lobster/Crab Hoop Net - NE-102J

The Jumbo Hoop Net has all the same features as the model 101, it's just bigger.  The net features a 36" upper ring and 14" lower ring.  It also comes with two secure marker floats and 100 feet of poly rope. 

ProMar's Eclipse net, about as close to a trap as you can get without being cited by Fish and Game. It's 36 inches in width and 20" high, and with the sides angling back inward the bugs really will be more likely to remain in the net by the time you pull 'em up to the boat. These new nets are unrigged, but we've got you covered there with a new Pro kit that includes the larger floats, rope and a bait box for only $19.99. The new net sells for $39.99. 

 

ProMar's introduced a new net for 2009's season, their Ambush. The Ambush is trap-like in it's construction, but it's not a trap, the bugs can indeed escape. That's what makes it a legal net in the eyes of the DFG, and that was confirmed again in the DFG's 2009/10 regs. It's 32 inches wide, making it more manageable for those using kayaks for their hoop'n. This net features non-collapsable sides, it's also steeper in design and higher on the sides, making it harder for the bugs to crawl out. You should pair this net with ProMar's NE 103 Pro harness/accessory kit, not the EK version. These are great tools folks, very likely the most effective net a novice bugger can own. There is one competitor to this net on the market, the ProMar is indeed better because of the angle and depth of the side walls. This net, like all other ProMar's also has a built in bait bag at the bottom of the net.

The Ambush is the model preferred by most bug catchers these days. In testing, an experienced bugger can achieve the same results using the Eclipse or even a standard design hoop net, however for those new to bugg'n the Ambush will result in more bugs for the angler.
For 2016 ProMar introduced a larger sized Ambush, this one a full 36 inches wide!

Nets are oversized, so shipping does carry an expense. We will not bill or ship your order until you have been notified of the final shipping costs. If your plan is to buy just one net, be prepared that shipping may run more than the cost of a net! So, it's a much better plan to buy a few nets and spread out the cost of the shipping over several nets. It's much more economical that way. We will try to defray some of the shipping costs for case packs of nets, but do understand that these things are big and relatively heavy. A full case of nets may end up costing $80 and more to some areas. Before billing, we will contact you directly regarding the shipping costs associated with your order of nets - they can not be shipped at no charge. However, when you buy a full case there is a cost savings on the nets of 10%.
Buy Description Price
Deluxe Crab Net/Pier Landing Net -NE-102 - 32" Deluxe Lobster/Crab Net Complete Set - 32" upper ring and 12" lower ring - includes 2 secure floats and 100 ft poly rope. $19.99
NE102- 10/Case $179.90
Jumbo Crab and Lobster Hoop Net -NE-102J - Jumbo 36" Lobster/Crab Hoop Net Complete Set - 36" upper ring and 14" lower ring. - includes 2 secure floats and 100 ft poly rope. $29.99
NE102J-8 per Case $215.92
Ambush Lobster Hoop Net -NE107 32", Sold without Accessories - use the NE103 below to fully rig for use. - IN STOCK!
- Single nets only available for store pick-up due to size. Must order 4 or more nets for shipping.
$29.99
Ambush NE107 32"- Case Pack-8 nets $215.93
NEW XL Ambush 36" Lobster Hoop Net -NE107XL, Sold without Accessories - use the NE103 below to fully rig for use. - IN STOCK!
- Single nets only available for store pick-up due to size. Must order 4 or more nets for shipping.
$35.99
NEW Ambush NE107XL 36"- Case Pack-6 nets $194.35
Eclipse Lobster Hoop Net -NE108 PRO-, Sold without Accessories - use the NE103EK below to fully rig. - IN STOCK! $39.99
Eclipse NE108-Case Pack-8 nets $287.92
Professional grade Crab and Lobster Hoop Net -NE-102JPRO - 36" Stainless Steel Pro Lobster/Crab Hoop Net Complete Set - 36" upper ring and 14" lower ring - includes 2 large commercial size floats and heavy duty braided rope. $64.99
NE102J PRO-Case Price - 5 nets $292.45
 

Accessories

 
Lobster Net Pro Harness Kit NE-103Pro - 75' rope, 6" glow stick, Bait Cage, Commercial Market Float - use with the Ambush $19.99
Lobster Net Pro Harness Kit NE-103EK - 100' rope, , Commercial Market Float, Small secondary float, Pro harness  - use with the Eclipse $16.99
Lobster Net Pro Harness Kit NE-104 - 4 arm trap/pot harness. This accessory is used with the 108 Eclipse net to secure the net more easily with clips instead of tying off the hoop with line and a knot. $5.99
Reflective Tape - red/white 6' roll $8.99
Poly Plastic Float 3 x 5 inches $1.79
Poly Plastic Float 3.5 x 6 inches $1.99
Poly Plastic Float 5 x 11 inches $6.99
Poly Plastic Float 6 x 14 inches $10.99
Seal Proof Bait Cages - NEW $14.99
10 Pack Bait Cage Snaps - similar to above - NEW $11.99
Measuring Legalizer - Don't get caught without it!!! $4.99
Bait Boxes $5.49

 


Hoop Weights Inner Ring


Hoop Weights Outer ring

$4.99

 

$4.99

 

Promar Diamond Strobe

Our friends from Promar also have introduced a Diamond strobe light. The Promar LED light will work for 300 hours of use, and can be used at depths up to 3,500 feet. It's powered by a Lithium Battery, included. We sell these lights for $7.99.

 
Buy Description Price
Promar Submersible Strobe Light - green $7.99
Promar Submersible Strobe Light - red $7.99
Promar Submersible Strobe Light - blue $7.99
Promar Submersible Strobe Light - white $7.99

Hoopin' It Up

Jim Salazar is a long time friend. Back when I was starting up CharkBait we'd gab on the radio, swap fishing reports, and share spots. Several years ago he teamed up with the folks at ProMar and became a field tester for their lobster products. He knows buggin like no other person I know. Jim recently wrote an excellent book about catching bugs. It covers all the basics, and goes well beyond anything I've come across. If you want to catch lobster, you need to buy his book. It's as simple as that. It's the best $15 investment in a great meal you can make.

Buy Description Price
Hoopin It Up - Salazar book $14.95

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Jim Salazar shares personal skills developed through years of hoop'n, and provides and in-depth look into the equipment, gear, baits and techniques it takes to have a successful night on the water. Hosted by Ben Hong and Jim, from ProMar, there isn't a facet of hoop netting that isn't covered, with incredible nighttime footage of a giant squid float.
 
Buy Description Price
Hoop Netting - Salazar Video $19.95

 

 

 

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Star Crab Trap - TR-701

Costructed of high grade wire and sealed with a protective coating, this proven pyramid style crab trap is extremely durable.  This trap features a fully collapsible design and comes complete with draw-up cords. 1"x2" mesh sides 1" square mesh bottom. 16"x16" - black

 

Big Red Collapsible Fish and Crab Trap - TR-302

This net is becoming widely used by professionals, commercial fishermen and scientific groups to catch fish and crustaceans.  This multipurpose trap is popular simply because it's effective. Unlike other traditional traps, it's collapsible design allows fishermen to carry more traps while eliminating excessive bulk on board your boat.  This trap features a durable plastic and vinyl coated construction, wire secure clamps and an easy carry handle.  37" length x 25" width x 24" height, dual 6" ring entrances.

 

Umbrella Dip Net -NE-201

This is a great bait catching dip net.  Features strong Ace Nylon netting on a galbanized steel frame. For easy operation it's spring-loaded frame pops the net open for use and folds completely in one quick step. Specifically designed hemmed edges insure your catch will stay in the net. Complete with 25' rope. NE-201 42"x42", NE-202 36"x36"

 

Collapsible Live Bait Traps

There are lots of reasons to use these nets.  Here's my favorite: If you keep your boat in the harbor like I do, you've got a great opportunity to catch the best halibut bait you can find: smelt. Not only are they good for halibut, it seems like every predatory fish from yellowtail to white seabass relish smelt.  So, toss in some bread in to the bait sock and toss her over the side when you go to bed.  When you wake up, you'll probably have enough pieces of quality bait to bring home the bacon...or more likely some flatties.

 
Buy Description Price
Please note, landing/crab/lobster nets are large.  As a result, shipping can be expensive.  It is far more cost effective to order several nets rather than only one.
TR-701 Star Crab Trap $8.99
TR-302 Big Red Crab Trap $69.99
NE-201 Umbrella Dip Net 42" $15.99
NE-202 Umbrella Dip Net 36" $14.99
TR-503 Live Bait Traps $17.99
TR-502 Live Bait Traps $19.99
TR-501 Live Bait Traps $8.99

 

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